Barbara Norman


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Professor Barbara Norman is Emeritus Professor of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Canberra and an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, Australia. She is Chair of the Urban Policy Forum advising the Australian Government and National Chair of the Australian Coastal Society. Barbara is also Director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network Oceania Hub (Columbia University, USA) and co-chair of Planners for Climate Action (UN Habitat). Professor Norman is a global expert in sustainable cities and regions, smart infrastructure, coastal planning, climate change adaptation and urban governance. Professor Norman has a combined professional and academic background, having worked at all levels of government and run her own practice. She is a former national president of the Planning Institute of Australia, and an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). Recent international research includes Sustainable Pathways for our Cities and Regions: planning within planetary boundaries (Routledge, 2018); Are autonomous cities our urban future? Comment in Nature Communications (Nature Communications, 2018) and Apocalypse Now: Australian Bushfires and the future of Urban Settlements (Nature Urban Sustainability). Professor Norman’s recent book is Urban Planning for Climate Change (Routledge, October 2022).

Research interests

Member of Climate Change Adaptation Resilience and Recovery Network

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Sustainable Coastal Planning, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

Award Date: 30 Mar 2010

Master, Environmental Law, Australian National University

Award Date: 30 Nov 1996

Bachelor, Urban & Regional Planning, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 30 Mar 1979

External positions

Chair, ACT Climate Change Council, ACT Government

2012 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University

2012 → …


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