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By on November 19, 2015
Name of university

Curtin University

– Planning and Geography
– Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute

Curtin University
Locked Bag U1987
Perth WA 6845

Planning and Geography: +61-8-9266-9266
CUSP: +61 8 9266 9030

Official Focal Point
Shahed Khan

Dora Marinova, Director CUSP

Alternate Focal Point
Al-Moataz Hassan

Imran Khan, Administrator CUSP

Signee, Expression of Interest
Professor Steve Mickler – A/Pro Vice-Chancellor




Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university with Australia’s third largest international student population. With campuses in Malaysia and Singapore as well as face-to-face teaching in a number of countries, Curtin has a strong commitment to international engagement. This cultural diversity adds a rich and valuable dimension to our campus atmosphere, preparing all graduates to live and work effectively in an increasingly global environment.

The Department of Planning and Geography is part of the School of Built Environment that is situated in the Faculty of Humanities. It offers courses that are accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia, developed for those entering into urban and regional planning professions. A distinguishing characteristic of these courses is the use of interdisciplinary knowledge and techniques in addressing environmental, social and design issues concerning the community.

Established in 2008, the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute is a research-intensive organisation whose work focuses on sustainable settlements, innovation systems, participatory sustainability and resilience. With 18 academics and more than 100 PhD students, it is one of the largest sustainability policy institutes in the world. Working in partnership with government, industry and civil society, A lot of its current national and international work is around the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to coursework Master in Sustainability and Climate Policy, the Institute offers PhD and MPhil research degrees as well as the new professional Doctorate in Sustainable Development.
The Institute has produced more than 400 publications, including some for UN-Habitat, and has been successful in attracting external funding of more than A$15 million.

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities

The School of Built Environment sees potential for collaboration in urban planning especially in our areas of strength such as community engagement and capacity building., research advocacy and urban governance. We also seek to engage with others to build on our areas of interest such as disaster management and the application of land value capture mechanisms for financing urban infrastructure projects.

The CUSP Institute sees potential for collaboration in sustainability policy, including SDG 11 which refers to making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, urban and regional planning in which our research was assessed as being above world class, participatory sustainability (for which we have received international awards and recognition), innovation and resilient systems. We work in partnerships and international networks with examples ranging from land value capture mechanisms for financing sustainable urban infrastructure projects to behavioural changes in the adoption of renewable energy in urban and remove settlements to community engagement and collaborative research for regional sustainability, including Indigenous sustainability in Western Australia.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Social Inclusion
  • Slum Upgrading
  • Safety
  • Planning and Design
  • Mobility
  • Governance
  • Environment


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