The Planning Research Centre runs two regular seminar series and hosts a number of workshops and roundtable discussions.

  • The Sunset Seminar Series offers a platform for informed dialogue between politicians and planners, developers, urban designers and other related professionals on the key issues facing urban and regional planning in New South Wales and beyond.
  • The Current Thinking Seminar Series offers a space for discussion of the topical issues for those involved in the planning profession, including researchers, practioners, and government officials.

For information on any of our events please contact ().

Upcoming PRC events


The 10th IUPEA (International Urban Planning and Environment Association)
Symposium, will be held in Sydney in July 2012.
Click here for more information.

Climate change adaptation survey

Coastal communities, particularly those beyond Australia's capital cities, are at the frontline of impending climate change impacts. The Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Sydney is undertaking a study on issues associated with climate change adaptation in non metropolitan coastal Australia, for the National Sea Change Taskforce.

As part of the study, we are conducting a survey of local government representatives on;

  • the key issues affecting your council
  • the strengths and weaknesses of the planning framework
  • climate change adaptation initiatives undertaken by your council
  • priorities for support

Participation is via a short questionnaire, which can be accessed via the following URL;
It should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

If you would like to participate in the study or the survey itself, or have any questions, contact the project leader;
Associate Professor Nicole Gurran, on +61 2 9351 7729 or .
An information sheet for survey participants can be downloaded here.