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James Cook University

By on June 18, 2017

College of Science and Engineering


14-88 McGregor Rd, Smithfield
College of Science and Engineering


Official Focal Point
Silvia Tavares

Alternate Focal Point
Lisa Law

Authority approving the partnership
Sandra Harding, James Cook University Vice Chancellor


James Cook University (JCU) was founded in 1970 and has expanded into a multi-campus institution with main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, and smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island, Mackay and Brisbane. JCU is one of the world’s leading institutions focusing on the tropics. The University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

JCU conducts nationally significant and internationally recognised research in many areas, including urban design and planning, development studies, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tropical medicine and public health in under-served populations.

The College of Science and Engineering at JCU offers a Bachelor of Planning and Bachelor of Environmental Practice, both degrees focus on addressing pressing global sustainability challenges. While Planning focuses on shaping sustainable and efficient cities with consideration to local contexts, Environmental Practice responds to the stated requirements of corporate environmental management organisations for triple bottom line outcomes – environmental, social and economic. JCU also offers a Masters of Development Practice that attends directly to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Goal 11 target to foster inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.

Staff from each of these programs who work on urban issues are part of JCU’s Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab (TUDLab), which is dedicated to developing leading research in areas aligned with UN-Habitat commitment to the principles of Sustainable Urban Development.

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
Collaboration opportunities exist both through teaching (workshops, summer courses, and study tours) and research. We are particularly interested in collaborating on projects focused upon urban design, urban climate, urban inclusion and sustainability, adaptive capacity and resilience, and post-disaster recovery. The TUDLab has a strong focus on tropical urbanism and is interested in developing projects with institutions both situated in the tropics and studying tropical issues.
Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Water
  • Social Inclusion
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Legislation
  • Land
  • Environment
  • Climate Change


Urban Thinker Campus organized by James Cook University