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Peter Newton

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Swinburne University of Technology
Centre for Urban Transitions (CUT)

Professor Peter Newton is a Research Professor in the area of sustainable built environments at Swinburne’s Centre for Urban Transitions. Here he has led ARC Discovery Projects on Sustainable Consumption as well as Green Economy Transition and AHURI and CRC SI projects on urban (greyfields) regeneration.

Professor Newton is also a Research Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, where he has researched and published on decarbonisation of housing, transport and precincts in cities. He is a research partner in the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc), and since 2013 has been a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and a member of the Board of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. 

Prior to joining Swinburne, Professor Newton was Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books on cities, planning, and sustainability and in 2014 was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. 

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Commentary

26 Oct 2017

Australia is increasingly linked to a fast-growing global population. The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are both expected to exceed 8.5 million by 2061. What will Australia’s cities look like then? Will they still be among the world’s lowest-density cities?

Such sprawling cities...

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Journal article

25 Sep 2017

Metropolitan planning and development of Australia’s cities for much of the past 75 years has been strongly influenced by what could be termed the “North American model” of low-density, car-dependent suburban development on greenfield master-planned housing estates. The negative social, economic...

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Journal article

30 Aug 2017

This study examines patterns of electricity use by households in Sydney who have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) technology compared to those who have not in order to assess the impact of government solar incentive schemes, and to identify whether conservation or rebound (increased consumption...

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Conference paper

31 Mar 2017

The need to rapidly transition to more sustainable low carbon built environments in Australia and internationally provides the basis for a maturation of the green economy. Its principal client will increasingly be cities, their industries and resident populations. Decarbonisation,...

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Conference paper

11 Dec 2015

Due to the unsustainable nature of urban sprawl, Australian metropolitan strategies have increasing been pushing for increased levels of infill: the redevelopment of existing urban (typically residential) land. However, the current infill models of Brownfield and lot-by-lot redevelopment are...

Conference paper

11 Dec 2015

The papers presented at the 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 7) were organised into seven broad themes but all shared, to varying degrees, a common focus on the ways in which high quality academic research can be used in the development and implementation of policy. The...

Conference paper

11 Dec 2015

The papers presented at the 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 7) were organised into seven broad themes but all shared, to varying degrees, a common focus on the ways in which high quality academic research can be used in the development and implementation of policy. The...

Research report

31 Jul 2015

‘Greyfields’ in the Australian context have been defined as those ageing but occupied tracts of inner and middle ring suburbia that are physically, technologically and environmentally failing. The research sought to test the potential of an innovative design based approach to create coordinated...

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Research report

28 Jan 2015

This project sought to address three areas of policy concern in relation to dispersed and ageing public housing properties in inner and middle ring suburbs: how to find new ways to accommodate population increases; how to create affordable and diverse housing options; how to manage ageing...

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Discussion paper

11 Aug 2014

It is five years since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and its knock-on effects are still playing out in ways that are likely to have longer-term implications than those purely financial in nature; namely, its impact on the green agendas of governments and industries and the brake it has...

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