UQ launches Planning Education Advisory Board

22 Oct 2020
UQ Professional Planner in Residence Stephanie Wyeth and UQ Planning Education Advisory Board Chair Paul Low

Queensland’s leading planning and development practitioners have joined forces with educators and researchers from The University of Queensland to launch the UQ Planning Education Advisory Board.

Stephanie Wyeth, UQ’s Professional Planner in Residence, says that our cities and communities are under significant stress due to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the growing threat of climate change. 

“Recovery from the pandemic will not be easy, but the urban planning profession is well placed to make an important contribution to 'building back' communities which are sustainable, prosperous and inclusive,” she said.

The UQ Planning Education Advisory Board has been established to support this endeavour – bringing together key city strategists, policymakers, and practitioners from across industry, government, and professional organisations who have a shared passion for creating positive change.

 “At UQ we work with our urban planning students to develop the personal mindset, skills, and knowledge they will need to tackle our changing world,” Ms Wyeth said.

“The UQ Planning Education Advisory Board provides a vital forum for educators and researchers to collaborate with industry practitioners and government policymakers to equip future urban professionals with the skills and experience needed to create thriving cities and communities in a time of global change and disruption.”

“It will be exciting to see how we can harness their insights, networks and energy for the benefit of our students.”

Board Chair Paul Low, a Partner in KPMG Australia’s Government Advisory Services group, says the establishment of the UQ Planning Education Advisory Board formalises and strengthens UQ Planning Program’s engagement with industry. 

“Our urban and regional systems are constantly adjusting to economic, social, and environmental forces,” Mr Low said. 

“This requires new skills, greater collaboration, and deeper shared insights across the planning profession to plan for the future of our communities." 

“The UQ Planning Education Advisory Board provides a vehicle for shaping how our future planner will think and engage as they progress from students to professionals.”

Ms Wyeth says that as our cities and communities start to recover, universities will be critical to the reimagining of cities.

“The next two years provide a terrific opportunity to harness the expertise of the board to build our collective understanding of the true impacts of the pandemic, and share insights to influence public conversations on the future of our cities and communities, both here in Australia and in South East Asia,” she said.