Dr Greg Mews

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Areas of interest: More-than-Human design related to childhood, play, public space, health and wellbeing, sustainable development transcending Global North and South, philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Canberra), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (Technische Universitat Berlin), Postgraduate diploma in Research Methods and Design (University of Canberra), Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Technische Universitat Berlin)

Dr Gregor Mews, MURP (TU-Berlin), PhD EnvirDes (University of Canberra), MPIA, ISOCARP, is lecturing in Landscape Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology, was the Executive Director of Urban Synergies Group, is a Co-Founder and Director of the Australian Institute of Play, a Steering Committee Member of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, a Council Board Member of City Space Architecture and an Advisory Board Member on research into practice of the Journal of Public Space. He has led local, national and international projects in the nexus urban design and health, been an Urban Thinker voice for UN-Habitat and strategically to advocate for vulnerable population groups with impact transcending boundaries across the Global North and South and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Under conceptual approach of “Right to the City” he advocated for better health and well-being outcomes at the United Nations Habitat III conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held in Quito (Ecuador) in 2016.
Over the course of 15 years, he has been teaching, researching at universities in Europe (University of Kassel, Technical University of Berlin), North America (Yale University), Africa (University of Makeni), and Australia (University of Canberra, UNSW Canberra). Currently he is leading the Landscape Architecture Program in the capacity of the Study Area Coordinator and co-led the transdisciplinary Impact Labs framed around Planet as part of the new Bachelor of Design. His latest research projects include a MRFF -PPHR Initiative grant in Australia and a Civil Society in Development grant in Sierra Leone. Greg has published 3 books and 39 publications internationally, including “Perspectives of sustainable urban development for cities in Central Asia”, the recent “The future of Asian and Pacific Cities: Transformative pathways towards sustainable urban development in the post covid-19 era” for UN-ESCAP, the latest book “Transforming Public Space through Play” (published early 2022 by Routledge), and served as a guest-editor of “Special issues Journal – Public health and wellbeing in public open spaces through climate responsive urban planning and design” in the Journal of Public Space. Between 2008 and 2013 he was the Vice- President and advocacy coordinator of the Planning Institute of Australia (ACT Division), held an Adjunct Prof. Associate position at the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra, and is an active member of ISOCARP (International Society of Urban and Regional Planners) Community of Practice Urban Health.
In his pursued adding quality to urban environments, he served on juries and boards in Denmark, Germany, Sierra Leone and Australia, including the ACT Government, National Capital Authority, Logan Together, Dreamtown, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk, advising government, non-government and industry on urban design and public space projects. He received several high profile scholarships and 11 awards in recognition for his contributions to industry, teaching and learning.

Key research areas: philosophy, public space, public life, health and well-being,  child-friendly environments, youth, play spaces, play, urban design, production of space, social encounter, non-linear design thinking, co-design

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  • 2020 commissioned to co-author “The future of Asian and Pacific Cities – TRANSFORMATIVE PATHWAYS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE POST COVID-19 ERA, Discussion Paper, UNESAP, Bangkok: Thailand.
  • 2018-19 Development of Research Protocol to measure subjective wellbeing, co-design intervention in public spaces, knowledge transfer and capacity building at partner NGO’s and at the University of Makeni, Copenhagen, Denmark and Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • 2018 Better Suburbs Program ACT government- including delivery of an award-winning international Forum, two keynotes presentations and strategic advice to ACT Government, commissioned research and reports as well as strategic advisory service and implementation of a play space concept, Canberra, Australia
  • 2015 Child friendly cities and sustainable play spaces – strategic advisory service to Health Bridge, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 2013 Valladolid in Transition- strategic advisory service to community and government organisations, Valladolid, Mexico
  • 2013 Canberra City Plan and Capital Metro – strategic planning advisory service to the ACT government, Australia
  • 2012 Canberra City to the Lake and Australia Forum Urban Renewal Project to the ACT government, Australia
  • 2012 National Capital Authority – National Capital Open Space System Review Committee Member in Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 City Cycle Loop advisory service on implementation to GHD Ltd, Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 Planning Institute of Australia – Clean Energy Futures – Expert Community Panel Member, Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects- Bloom a Healthy Spaces Exhibition 2012, Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 Molonglo Stage 2 urban development to the ACT Government (greenfield), Canberra, Australia
  • 2009-12 Bicycle Advisory Group to the ACT government, Canberra, Australia
  • 2011 Design for shared space in Bunda Street – Design process advisory service to the ACT government, Canberra, Australia
  • 2011 Campbell Section 5 Redevelopment to the Land Development Agency of the ACT government, Canberra, Australia
  • 2011-13 Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Advisory Committee to the ACT government, Canberra, Australia