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Professor Barbara Norman is the Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) at the University of Canberra. Professor Norman is Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. Barbara is a Life Fellow and past national president of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Life Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). Barbara’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Town & Regional Planning, Masters of Environmental Law and a PhD on sustainable coastal planning. She also has a substantial professional background having worked at all levels of government and run her own practice. Her current research and teaching interests include sustainable cities and regions, coastal planning, climate change adaptation and urban governance. Barbara was a contributing author to IPCC 5 WG 2 report on Impacts 2013. Professor Norman advises the public and private sector in Australia and has strong international linkages within Asia, Europe and the United States. Barbara was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community through urban and regional planning.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, RMIT University

Master, Australian National University

Bachelor, University of Melbourne

External positions

Chair, ACT Climate Change Council, ACT Government

2012 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University

2012 → …

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Projects 2010 2021

Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure-via UniMelb

Tanton, R., Biermann, S., Corcoran, J., Hunter, J., Norman, B., Perez, P., Raja, B., Randolph, B. & Stimson, R.


Project: Other

Research Output 2009 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Are autonomous cities our urban future?

Norman, B., 1 Dec 2018, In : Nature Communications. 9, 1, p. 1-3 3 p., 8230.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
Urban growth
Smart city
1 Citation (Scopus)

Sustainable pathways for our cities and regions: Planning within planetary boundaries

Norman, B., 1 Jan 2018, United Kingdom: Routledge. 190 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

climate change
global change
25 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Sustainable urban systems: Co-design and framing for transformation

Webb, R., Bai, X., Smith, M. S., Costanza, R., Griggs, D., Moglia, M., Neuman, M., Newman, P., Newton, P., Norman, B., Ryan, C., Schandl, H., Steffen, W., Tapper, N. & Thomson, G., 1 Feb 2018, In : Ambio. 47, 1, p. 57-77 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
urban system
Sustainable development
Administrative Personnel
decision maker
1 Citation (Scopus)

An institutional perspective on programme integration

PEARSON, L., NORMAN, B., O'Brien, P. & TANTON, R., 2017, In : Policy Studies. 38, 5, p. 418-431 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Biodiversity on the brink: Evaluating a transdisciplinary research collaboration

Mitchell, M., Moore, S. A., Clement, S., Lockwood, M., Anderson, G., Gaynor, S. M., Gilfedder, L., Rowe, R., Norman, B. & Lefroy, E. C., 1 Dec 2017, In : Journal for Nature Conservation. 40, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

research program
conceptual framework