John Minnery was an Associate Professor in Planning at The University of Queensland from 2004 to 2014, and Director of the Planning Program from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that he was at the Queensland University of Technology and in private town planning practice. At QUT he was the Director of the joint UQ/QUT research centre of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).
John's academic interests mirror his qualifications in geography, public administration and urban planning. They are also shaped by his experience as a private consultant. His research activities fall under one of two broad headings: urban policy and its implementation, and social housing. The urban policy research has included work on residents' perceptions of crime, metropolitan regional planning, the institutions involved in urban and regional planning, and the international flow of planning ideas, as well as cross-country comparisons of slum upgrading policies and of regional planning policies. Housing research, carried out mainly through AHURI, included studies of the vulnerability of caravan parks, problems of security of tenure for private renters, homelessness, safety designs in housing and the role of boarding houses in providing accommodation for vulnerable people. More recently his research has focused on the connections between hazards such as floods and land use planning, as well as explorations of the historical pathways that led to major policy events such as the formation of "greater" Brisbane. He is actively carrying out and publishing research in these areas.
His research has been widely published in international and national journals, books, reports to government and AHURI monographs. Some of his opinions have been published in the Courier Mail. He was also the editor of Australian Planner for several years and has been a member of the Queensland and National Committees of the Planning Institute of Australia.
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