Dr Nicole Gurran

Title: Dr
Name: Nicole Gurran
Position: Associate Professor
Location: Room 546, Wilkinson Building (G04), 148 City Road, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Phone: +61 2 9351 7729
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Biography | Academic Qualifications | Units and Programs | Research Areas | Units and Programs | Academic Qualifications | Professional Experience | Memberships and Associations | Publications and Outputs |

Biography

Nicole Gurran is an urban planner and policy analyst whose research focuses on comparative land use planning systems and approaches to housing and ecological sustainability. She has been with the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney since 2002. Prior to this time she practiced as a planner in several state government roles, concerning local environmental plan making, environmental management, and housing policy.

Nicole’s is currently leading an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project on the impact of urban regulation on housing affordability in Australian cities and regions, funded to 2014. She has led or collaborated on several recent studies relating to planning and the housing system for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, including ‘Affordable housing, urban renewal and planning’ (2011); ‘Quantifying planning system performance and Australia’s housing reform agenda’ (2011); ‘International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing’; and ‘Planning, Government Charges, and the Cost of Land and Housing’ (2008/9). Other AHURI projects she has collaborated on include ‘Innovations in Affordable Housing Provision’; ‘Housing Policy and Sustainable Urban Development’ and ‘Boarding Houses and Government Supply Side Intervention’. She has also led a series of studies for the National Sea Change Taskforce on the social and environmental impacts of lifestyle migration to coastal areas, including responses to housing affordability problems in rapidly growing peri and non metropolitan communities. Her book Australian Urban Land Use Planning; Principles Systems and Practice, now in its second edition (SUP, 2011) explains and compares planning systems and policies in Australia, and includes detailed coverage of planning approaches for delivering diverse and affordable housing supply.

Nicole is on the executive board of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association (UPE) and on the editorial board of the journal Urban Policy and Research (Taylor and Francis).

She teaches core urban planning and housing subjects at post graduate level, and undertakes post graduate and doctoral research supervision.

Nicole is Co-Chair of the 10th International Urban Planning and Environment Association Symposium, held at the University of Sydney in July 2012 – see www.upe10.org.

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney
Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Sydney
PhD, University of Sydney
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, University of Sydney

Units Taught

Planning Procedures
History and Theory in Urban Planning
Planning Research Report
Planning Research Dissertation
Housing Policy and Assistance (offered on a biannual basis)
Housing and Urban and Regional Development (offered on a biannual basis)

Research support (selected chief investigator roles, 2006-2012)

2011-2014 | ‘Measuring the impact of urban regulation on housing affordability in Australian cities and regions’ ARC DP (Lead CI)

2011 | “Planning for climate change adaptation in coastal Australia: State of practice” (National Sea Change Task Force)

2011 | ‘Affordable housing, urban renewal, and planning’ Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (with Bill Randolph, Gethin Davies and Simon Pinnegar)

2011 | ‘Quantifying planning system performance and the national housing reform agenda: An Investigative Panel’ AHURI (with Peter Phibbs)

2011 | University of Sydney Brown Fellowship

2007-09 | “Planning, government charges, and the costs of land and housing” AHURI (with Bill Randolph and Kristian Ruming)

2006 – 08 | “Planning for Climate Change in Coastal Communities” “Best Practice Models of Planning for Sea Change Communities” (National Sea Change Taskforce)

2006-08 | “International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing: Lessons for Australia” AHURI

Publications

Books | Book Chapters | Journal Articles | Major Research | Conference Proceedings | Media Interviews

Books

Gurran, N 2011, Australian urban land use planning Principles, systems and practice, Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia

Gurran, N 2007, Australian urban land use planning: introducing statutory planning practice in New South Wales, Sydney University Press, Sydney

Book Chapters

Hamin, E, Gurran, N 2012, Space for Adapting: Reconciling Adaptation and Mitigation in Local Climate Change Plans, Resilient Cities 2, Springer Dordrecht, pp. 317-324

Gurran, N 2011, Migracion residencial y transformacion social en las costas australianas (Lifestyle migration and the social transformation of Australias coastal environments), Construir una nueva vida Los espacios del turismo y la migracin residencial (Building a new life. The areas of tourism and residential migration), Milrazones, Barcelona, 103-128

Gurran, N, Phibbs, P 2008, Planning for sustainable change: a review of Australian local planning schemes, Dialogues in Urban Planning: Towards Sustainable Regions, Sydney University Press, Sydney, 1, 129-152

Foran, B, Gurran, N 2008, Population, Ten commitments : reshaping the lucky country's environment, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Australia, 1, 169-177

Norman, B, Dalton, T, Wood, G, Berry, M, Gurran, N, Spiller, M 2007, Sustainable Urban Land Management, Urban 45: New Ideas for Australia's Cities, RMIT, Melbourne, 1, 9-11

Journal Articles

Ruming, K, Gurran, N, Randolph, B 2011, Housing Affordability and Development Contributions: New Perspectives from Industry and Local Government in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, Urban Policy and Research, 29(3), 257-274

Gurran, N, Whitehead, C 2011, Planning and Affordable Housing in Australia and the UK: A Comparative Perspective, Housing Studies, 26(7-8), 1193-1214

Bugg, L B, Gurran, N 2011, Urban Planning Process and Discourses in the Refusal of Islamic Schools in Sydney, Australia, Australian Planner, 48(4), 281-291

Gurran, N, Ruming, K, Randolph, B 2009, Counting the costs: planning requirements, infrastructure contributions, and residential development in Australia, Final Report Series of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), 140, 9-110

Milligan, V R, Gurran, N, Lawson, J, Phibbs, P, Phillips, R 2009, Innovation in affordable housing in Australia: Bringing policy and practice for not-for-profit housing organisations together, Final Report Series of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), Report No. 134, 1-185

Hamin, E, Gurran, N 2009, Urban form and climate change: Balancing adaptation and mitigation in the U.S. and Australia, Habitat International, 33(3), 238-245

Gurran, N 2008, Affordable Housing: A Dilemma for Metropolitan Planning?, Urban Policy and Research, 26(1), 101-110

Gurran, N, Milligan, V R, Baker, D, Bugg, L B, Christensen, S 2008, New directions in planning for affordable housing: Australian and international evidence and implications, Final Report Series of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)(120), 1-144

Gurran, N, Ruming, K, Randolph, B, Quintal, D 2008, Planning, government charges, and the costs of land and housing, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute AHURI Positioning Paper Series(109), 1-85

Gurran, N 2008, The Turning Tide: Amenity Migration in Coastal Australia, International Planning Studies, 13(4), 391-414

Gurran, N, Blakely, E J, Squires, C 2007, Governance responses to rapid growth in environmentally sensitive areas of coastal Australia, Coastal Management, 35(4), 445-465

Gurran, N 2007, International Practice in planning for affordable housing, Australian Planner, 44(4), 18-19

Gurran, N, Milligan, V R, Baker, D, Bugg, L B 2007, International practice in planning for affordable housing: lessons for Australia, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute AHURI Positioning Paper Series, 99(1), 1-90

Gurran, N, Blakely, E J 2007, Suffer a Sea Change? Contrasting perspectives towards urban policy and migration in coastal Australia, Australian Geographer, 38(1), 113-131

Jacobs, K, Natalier, K, Slatter, M, Berry, M, Stoakes, A, Seelig, T, Hutchison, H, Grieve, S, Phibbs, P J, Gurran, N 2005, A review of private rental support programs, Final Report Series of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), 86, 1-59

Gurran, N 2005, Planning at the conservation frontier, Australian Planner, 42(1), 31-38

Gurran, N, Squires, C, Blakely, E J 2005, Planning for Sea Change in Coastal Australia, Australian Planner, 42(4), 10-11

Conference proceedings

Bhattarai, A, Gurran, N 2012, Cultural influence on ecological footprint: A case study of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, 11th International Congress of the Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA 2011), Asian Planning Schools Association, Tokyo, Japan, CD, 1120-1131

Bhattarai, A, Gurran, N 2011, Culture, Cities and Environment: An eco-footprint study of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, CD, 1-23

Gurran, N, Phibbs, P 2011, Learning from the Australian Urban Land Use Planning Monitor, 2010 Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools ANZAPS 2010, ANZAPS, Christchurch, New Zealand, 42-52

Gurran, N, Phibbs, P 2011, Measuring Australian planning: A new index of local controls for environmental performance and housing, World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, CD, 1-19

Gurran, N, Phibbs, P 2010, Measuring regulatory difference: findings from the first national survey of local planning control in Australia, 2010 Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, ACSP, Minneapolis

Austin, P, Gurran, N, Whitehead, C 2010, Planning and affordable housing:diverse approaches from a common starting point? The Experience of Australia, New Zealand and the UK, CCHPR Conference 2010, Cambridge Centre for housing and Planning Research, Cambridge UK

Gurran, N 2010, Planning for coastal resilience: Issues and Emerging Practice, Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL) conference, Sydney Law School, Sydney

Ruming, K, Gurran, N, Randolph, B 2010, Size does matter!: Negotiating development levies andinfrastructure charges tied to development in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, 4th Housing Researchers Conference (APNHR 2009), City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1, 1-19

Gurran, N, Ruming, K, Randolph, B 2009, Does planning make housing unaffordable?, State of Australian Cities, Australian Sustainable Cities Research Network, Perth, 1-17

Gurran, N, Phibbs, P 2009, Planning for sustainable cities and regions: an audit of local environmental plans in NSW, State of Australian Cities, Australian Sustainable Cities Research Network, Perth, 1, 1-17

Gurran, N 2007, Academy of Science, Fenner Conference on the Environment: Water, Population and Australia's Urban Future, Fenner Conference on the Environment: Water, Populationa and Australia's Urban Future 2007, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, online url, 1, 99-110

Gurran, N, Milligan, V R 2007, Planning for Affordable Housing in Australia's Metropolitan Regions, State of Australian Cities National Conference 2007, SOAC 2007, Adeliade, 1, 985-996

Bhattarai Upadhyay, V, Gurran, N 2007, Where do the cities in the poorest countries stand? A cultural approach to phenomenon called 'world city', The 7th International Conference on Urban planning and Environment UPE 7, Faculty of Architecure, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand, Thailand, 1, 1-28

Beatley, T, Gurran, N 2005, Coastal Management in Australia and the US: Comparative Analysis and Planning Implications, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, United States

Squires, C, Gurran, N 2005, Planning for affordable housing in coastal Sea Change communities, National Housing Conference, Department of Housing & Works Western Australia, Perth, 381-403

Selected Opinion Pieces

‘Environment: Celebrate biodiversity’ The Daily Telegraph 27 March 2012
‘Escape from Sydney: planning the way out of congestion’, The Conversation, 1 April 2011
‘Yes to housing affordability, but don’t take my home’, The Punch, 17 March 2010
‘Planning without the Greed’, The Australian 26/02/08
‘Someone must pay the price for our facilities’, North Shore Times 22/02/08
‘Chance to pave future path’, Courier Mail, 4/5/07
‘Cheaper homes often come at a high price’, Sydney Morning Herald 21/1/07