Dr Paul Jones

PhD, UQ; MURP, UNE; Masters (Development Geography), Sydney; Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Studies, Macquarie; BA(Economic Geography), Macquarie

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6069

Biographical details

Paul Jones came to the Urban and Regional Planning and Policy Program on a full time basis at the beginning of 2011 with diverse experience as a planning practitioner, and an excellent academic record. Paul is an urban development and management practitioner with 30 years professional experience in developing sustainable urban management, urban development and planning solutions in Australia and overseas.

In the 1980s and early 1990's, Paul gained valuable mainstream planning experience in Australia. This included working in the Strategic Planning Department of the City of Sydney Council, and then the Planning and Engineering Division of the Albury Wodonga Development Corporation, a 'new town' experiment modeled on Milton Keynes in the UK. At the end of 1992, Paul moved to the Pacific Islands and has spent the last 20 years specialising in urban management and urban development projects in the Pacific Region. This has included working in Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Marshall Islands, as well as Philippines, China, Israel and Thailand. The latter includes living over 8 years full time in the small low lying atoll nation of Kiribati as its 'first urban development planner'.

In the above setting, Paul has been working on the conceptualization, design and institutional strengthening associated with urban management and urban development projects in the Pacific Region. Experience has focused on better managing human settlements including the roles of Team Leader and policy adviser in all aspects of urban management project design, development and implementation including project concept design, project feasibility, institutional evaluation, capacity building, institutional strengthening, and environmental and social assessment of human settlements. Key professional highlights include Team Leader for the design and establishment of the new Planning and Urban Management Agency (PUMA) for Samoa (2002-2004), the Fiji Urban Policy Action Plan (2004), the design of the Kiritimati Island Water and Sanitation Project (2006-2008), presentation on Pacific urban management and development issues to the World Urban Forum, Nanjing, China (2008), and leading the team for the preparation of the first National Urbanisation Policy for PNG, 2010-2030 (2009 - 2010).

Key development agency experience includes UN Habitat, Asian Development Bank (ADB), AusAID, NZAid, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNCHS, UNESCO, UNESCAP, SOPAC, CLGF, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and SPREP (South Pacific Region Environment Programme). From July 2009 to end 2010, Paul was working as the National Urbanisation Adviser for PNG based in Port Moresby, developing with counterparts a national urbanisation policy, and designing and implementing land development projects on urban customary land. This position was funded by AusAID and based in the newly created Office of Urbanisation.

Paul is a corporate member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) - since 1986 - and a member of the Papua New Guinea Physical Planners Association.

Professional Experience

  • 2006 | Adjunct Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney.
  • 2001 | Team Leader, ADB Technical Assistance Program, 'Capacity Building in Urban Management TA, Samoa'. This program was responsible for the development of the new Planning and Urban Management Agency (PUMA) in Samoa in 2003.
  • 1997 | Team Leader, AusAID Institutional Strengthening Program of the Land and Urban Management Division, Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific, (1997-2000).
  • 1993 | Team Leader, Albury-Wodonga Region Planning Committee, 'Our Future in Balance', Albury Wodonga Development Corporation (from 1992).

Research interests

  • The analysis of urbanisation trends and linkages to economic performance
  • Governance and urban planning and management systems
  • The characteristics of Pacific squatter and informal settlements
  • Understanding and measuring the dimensions of urban poverty
  • Effective planning responses to urban informal development (land, housing and services).
  • Mobilisation of customary land for urban development.
  • Urbanisation indicators and goals to measure performance.
  • Conceptualising the city and its functionality.

Teaching and supervision

  • Plan 9049 | Development Planning and Policy
  • Plan 9068 | History and Theory in Urban Planning
  • Plan 9064 | Land Use and Infrastructure Planning

Associations

  • Corporate Member | Planning Institute of Australia
  • Corporate Member | Papua New Guinea Physical Planners Association

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Jones, P. (2012). Better Managing the Performance and Condition of Pacific Towns and Cities: The Case for Pacific Urbanisation Development Goals and Indicators. Boroko, Papua New Guinea: National Research Institute.
  • Jones, P. (2012). The State of Pacific Towns and Cities | Urbanization in ADB's Pacific Developing Member Countries. Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank.
  • Choudhury, B., Jones, P. (2011). Adaptive Measures to Reduce Climate Change Induced Urban Migration: Some Insights from Bangladesh. Saarbruecken, Deutschland: VDM Verlag Dr Muller.

Journals

  • Jones, P., Suhartini, N. (2014). Reframing approaches to conceptualising urban governance in Melanesia: Insights from Jayapura and Port Moresby. Jurnal Perencanaan Wilayah dan Kota.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban Complex: The Emergence of Neocolonial Planning in Dhaka as a Sequel. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology, 2(2), 30-39. [More Information]
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2013). JSB as Democratic Emblem and Urban Focal Point: The Imagined Socio-Political Construction of Space. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(6), 294-302.
  • Choudhury, B., Jones, P., Armstrong, P. (2013). The Failure of the 1917 Geddes Master Plan and 1959 Minoprio, Spencely, Macfarlane Master Plans: Some Reflections. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(10), 449-460.
  • Jones, P. (2012). no.33 Managing Urbanisation in Papua New Guinea: Planning for Planning’s Sake? Alfred Deakin Research Institute Working Papers Series 2, 2(33), 6-17.
  • Jones, P. (2012). Pacific Urbanisation and the Rise of Informal Settlements: Trends and Implications from Port Moresby. Urban Policy and Research, 30(2), 145-160.
  • Jones, P. (2012). Searching for a little bit of Utopia-understanding the growth of squatter and informal settlements in Pacific towns and cities. Australian Planner, 49(4), 327-338. [More Information]
  • Jones, P. (2012). The Challenges of Implementing Millennium Development Goal Target 7D in Pacific Island Towns and Cities. Asia-Pacific Development journal, 19(1), 139-162.
  • Jones, P. (2011). Urban Poverty in Pacific towns and cities and the impact from the global financial crisis: insights from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Australian Planner, 48(3), 213-226. [More Information]
  • Jones, P. (2011). Urbanisation in the Pacific Islands Context. Development Bulletin, 74(June 2011), 93-97.
  • Jones, P. (2007). Placing urban management and development on the development agenda in the Pacific Islands. Australian Planner, 44(1), 13-15.
  • Jones, P., Lea, J. (2007). What has happened to urban reform in the island Pacific? Some lessons from Kiribati and Samoa. Pacific Affairs: an international review of Asia and the Pacific, 80(3), 473-491.
  • Jones, P. (2005). Managing Urban Development in the Pacific - Key Themes and Issues. Australian Planner, 42(1), 39-46.
  • Jones, P. (2003). Planning for Urban Management in the Pacific. Commonwealth Association of Planners, Pacific Islands Forum.

Conferences

  • Jones, P., Suhartini, N. (2013). Reframing approaches to conceptualising urban governance in Melanesia: Insights from Jayapura and Port Moresby. The 2nd PlanoCosmo International Conference: Infrastructure and Regional Growth for Inclusive Development, Indonesia: Institut Teknologi Bandung.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2012). Why the 1917 Geddes Plan did not Materialise: Planning for Planning's Sake in the Case of Dhaka. 5th International Urban Design Conference 2012, Australia: Urban Design Australia.
  • Jones, P. (2011). Urban Poverty in Pacific Towns and Cities and The Impact from the Global Financial Crisis: Insights from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 2011 PIA National Congress, Hobart Tas: PIA. [More Information]
  • Jones, P. (2010). Urban Poverty in Port Moresby - How Households Cope and Adapt. PNG Urbanisation Seminar, Port Moresby: University of Papua New Guinea.
  • Jones, P. (2002). Growing Pacific Towns and Cities: Urban Management as a tool to improve Urban Services – the recent experience of Samoa. Sustainable Urban Services: Noumea Seminar, Noumea: PECC.
  • Jones, P., Cocks, J. (2002). Wastewater Impacts on the Environment in Apia, Samoa.

Original Creative Work

  • Jones, P. (2010). National Urbanisation Policy 2010-2030 (Lead author). National Urbanisation Policy 2010-2030, 1st edition, (pp. 1 - 92). Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Office of Urbanisation.
  • Jones, P. (2009). Squatters and resettlement: Background and strategies. Republic of Kiribati: Integrated Land and Population Development Program on Kiritimati Island, ADB TA 4878 - KIR, Final Report, 28 October 2009, (pp. Annex 3.a -1 - Annex 3.d - 43). Metro Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank.
  • Jones, P., Holzknecht, H. (2007). Review of Social Changes that Impact on Land in the Pacific. Land Management and Conflict Minimisation Project. Land Management and Conflict Minimisation in the Pacific, Sub Project 2.2 October, 2007, (pp. 1 - 62). Suva, Fiji: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Jones, P. (2011). Australian aid isn't getting to where it needs to be. The Conversation.
  • Jones, P. (2011). Putting Money Where it Matters: why Australian Aid needs to be in Urban Areas. Conversation.

Report

  • Jones, P. (2003). Urban Development in the Pacific Islands - Issues Paper.

Other

  • Jones, P. (2011), Radio Australia | PNG Struggles with Urbanisation. Radio.

2014

  • Jones, P., Suhartini, N. (2014). Reframing approaches to conceptualising urban governance in Melanesia: Insights from Jayapura and Port Moresby. Jurnal Perencanaan Wilayah dan Kota.

2013

  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban Complex: The Emergence of Neocolonial Planning in Dhaka as a Sequel. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology, 2(2), 30-39. [More Information]
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2013). JSB as Democratic Emblem and Urban Focal Point: The Imagined Socio-Political Construction of Space. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(6), 294-302.
  • Jones, P., Suhartini, N. (2013). Reframing approaches to conceptualising urban governance in Melanesia: Insights from Jayapura and Port Moresby. The 2nd PlanoCosmo International Conference: Infrastructure and Regional Growth for Inclusive Development, Indonesia: Institut Teknologi Bandung.
  • Choudhury, B., Jones, P., Armstrong, P. (2013). The Failure of the 1917 Geddes Master Plan and 1959 Minoprio, Spencely, Macfarlane Master Plans: Some Reflections. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(10), 449-460.

2012

  • Jones, P. (2012). Better Managing the Performance and Condition of Pacific Towns and Cities: The Case for Pacific Urbanisation Development Goals and Indicators. Boroko, Papua New Guinea: National Research Institute.
  • Jones, P. (2012). no.33 Managing Urbanisation in Papua New Guinea: Planning for Planning’s Sake? Alfred Deakin Research Institute Working Papers Series 2, 2(33), 6-17.
  • Jones, P. (2012). Pacific Urbanisation and the Rise of Informal Settlements: Trends and Implications from Port Moresby. Urban Policy and Research, 30(2), 145-160.
  • Jones, P. (2012). Searching for a little bit of Utopia-understanding the growth of squatter and informal settlements in Pacific towns and cities. Australian Planner, 49(4), 327-338. [More Information]
  • Jones, P. (2012). The Challenges of Implementing Millennium Development Goal Target 7D in Pacific Island Towns and Cities. Asia-Pacific Development journal, 19(1), 139-162.
  • Jones, P. (2012). The State of Pacific Towns and Cities | Urbanization in ADB's Pacific Developing Member Countries. Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2012). Why the 1917 Geddes Plan did not Materialise: Planning for Planning's Sake in the Case of Dhaka. 5th International Urban Design Conference 2012, Australia: Urban Design Australia.

2011

  • Choudhury, B., Jones, P. (2011). Adaptive Measures to Reduce Climate Change Induced Urban Migration: Some Insights from Bangladesh. Saarbruecken, Deutschland: VDM Verlag Dr Muller.
  • Jones, P. (2011). Australian aid isn't getting to where it needs to be. The Conversation.
  • Jones, P. (2011). Putting Money Where it Matters: why Australian Aid needs to be in Urban Areas. Conversation.
  • Jones, P. (2011), Radio Australia | PNG Struggles with Urbanisation. Radio.
  • Jones, P. (2011). Urban Poverty in Pacific Towns and Cities and The Impact from the Global Financial Crisis: Insights from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 2011 PIA National Congress, Hobart Tas: PIA. [More Information]
  • Jones, P. (2011). Urban Poverty in Pacific towns and cities and the impact from the global financial crisis: insights from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Australian Planner, 48(3), 213-226. [More Information]
  • Jones, P. (2011). Urbanisation in the Pacific Islands Context. Development Bulletin, 74(June 2011), 93-97.

2010

  • Jones, P. (2010). National Urbanisation Policy 2010-2030 (Lead author). National Urbanisation Policy 2010-2030, 1st edition, (pp. 1 - 92). Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Office of Urbanisation.
  • Jones, P. (2010). Urban Poverty in Port Moresby - How Households Cope and Adapt. PNG Urbanisation Seminar, Port Moresby: University of Papua New Guinea.

2009

  • Jones, P. (2009). Squatters and resettlement: Background and strategies. Republic of Kiribati: Integrated Land and Population Development Program on Kiritimati Island, ADB TA 4878 - KIR, Final Report, 28 October 2009, (pp. Annex 3.a -1 - Annex 3.d - 43). Metro Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank.

2007

  • Jones, P. (2007). Placing urban management and development on the development agenda in the Pacific Islands. Australian Planner, 44(1), 13-15.
  • Jones, P., Holzknecht, H. (2007). Review of Social Changes that Impact on Land in the Pacific. Land Management and Conflict Minimisation Project. Land Management and Conflict Minimisation in the Pacific, Sub Project 2.2 October, 2007, (pp. 1 - 62). Suva, Fiji: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).
  • Jones, P., Lea, J. (2007). What has happened to urban reform in the island Pacific? Some lessons from Kiribati and Samoa. Pacific Affairs: an international review of Asia and the Pacific, 80(3), 473-491.

2005

  • Jones, P. (2005). Managing Urban Development in the Pacific - Key Themes and Issues. Australian Planner, 42(1), 39-46.

2003

  • Jones, P. (2003). Planning for Urban Management in the Pacific. Commonwealth Association of Planners, Pacific Islands Forum.
  • Jones, P. (2003). Urban Development in the Pacific Islands - Issues Paper.

2002

  • Jones, P. (2002). Growing Pacific Towns and Cities: Urban Management as a tool to improve Urban Services – the recent experience of Samoa. Sustainable Urban Services: Noumea Seminar, Noumea: PECC.
  • Jones, P., Cocks, J. (2002). Wastewater Impacts on the Environment in Apia, Samoa.

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