About Dr Nicole Gurran

Nicole’s research passions relate to environmental sustainability (sustainable urban form, biodiversity conservation, energy and water conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation) and housing diversity, accessibility and affordability.

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 Faculty 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.

Gurran’s research projects include the establishment of the Australian Urban Land Use Planning Policy Monitor, enabling the collective analysis of statutory controls for more than 600 local jurisdictions across the country.  She is the chief investigator on the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) project ‘International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing’.  She is also examining best practice in climate change planning for high growth coastal communities for the National Sea Change Taskforce.  Gurran’s previous work has examined coastal growth pressures, local government approaches to housing and sustainable urban development, planning for the interface between protected areas and neighbouring settlements and indigenous issues in planning.

Gurran is the author of Urban Land Use Planning in Australia: Introducing Policy and Practice in NSW (Sydney University Press 2007), which was commended by the NSW Planning Institute of Australia in 2007.  Her research monograph “Meeting the Sea Change Challenge: Sea Change Communities in Coastal Australia” for the National Sea Change Task Force, won the NSW Planning Institute of Australia overall President’s award and the award for Research and Scholarship in 2005.

Gurran is on the executive board of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association (UPE), on the editorial board of the journal Urban Policy and Research (Taylor and Francis) and a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

She teaches core urban planning and housing subjects at post graduate level, and undertakes post graduate and doctoral research supervision. Research Grants/Commissions 2002-2007

  • 2006-07 “Australian Urban Land Use Planning Policy Monitor” (University of Sydney Research and Development Grant)
  • 2006-07“Planning for Climate Change in Coastal Communities” (Commissioned research, National Sea Change Taskforce, Chief Investigator)
  • 2006-07“International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing: Lessons for Australia” Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (Chief Investigator, with Doug Baker (Queensland University of Technology, Vivienne Milligan and Ed Blakely)
  • 2006“Best Practice Models of Local and Regional Planning for Sea Change Communities” (Commissioned Research, National Sea Change Taskforce (Chief Investigator, with Ed Blakely)
  • 2005-06“Development and Testing of an Evaluation Framework for Affordable Housing Services in Australia” (AHURI) (Co-investigator, with Vivienne Milligan and Peter Phibbs)
  • 2005“Meeting the Sea Change Challenge: Sea Change Communities in Coastal Australia” (Commissioned Research, National Sea Change Taskforce (Chief Investigator, with Ed Blakely)

Selected publications

  • Foran, B and Gurran, G forthcoming (2008), “Population Prospect or Problem”, in 10 Ideas for the Environment, CSIRO, Canberra.
  • Gurran, N Milligan, V, Baker, D and Bugg, LB 2008 forthcoming, International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing: Lessons for Australia Final Report, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne.
  • Gurran, N 2008, “Affordable Housing; A Dilemma for Metropolitan Planning?” Urban Policy and Research, 26(1), pp. 101-110.
  • Gurran, N, Norman, B and Gleeson, G 2008, Planning Education Discussion Paper, prepared for the Planning Institute of Australia, January 2008.
  • Gurran, N 2007, Australian Urban Land Use Planning: Introducing Statutory Planning Practice in New South Wales, Sydney University Press, Sydney. (available www.sup.usyd.edu.au May 2007)
  • Gurran, N, Blakely, E 2007, “Suffer a Sea Change? Contrasting Perspectives towards urban policy and migration in coastal Australia”, Australian Geography 38(1) pp.113-132.
  • Gurran, N Milligan, V, Baker, D and Bugg, LB 2007, International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing: Lessons for Australia, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne.
  • Gurran, N, Squires, C, Blakely, E 2005, “Meeting the Sea Change Challenge: Sea Change Communities in Coastal Australia”, Report for the National Sea Change Task Force, Planning Research Centre, University of Sydney.
  • Gurran, N 2003, “Housing Locally: Positioning Australian Local Government Housing for a New Century”, Urban Policy and Research, Vol 21, No. 4, December 2003, pp. 393-412.
  • Gurran, N, Blakely, E, Squires, C, Governance responses to rapid growth in environmentally sensitive areas of coastal Australia, Coastal Management.