Professor of Urban Management and Planning
University of the Sunshine Coast/University of Tasmania/Griffith University Collaborative Research Network: Research Leadership Fellow
My current research interests span a number of fields, including:
- Professional identities and performance among Australian planners – current ethnographic research among planners in South East Queensland;
- Public participation and community engagement in theory and practice – current ARC Linkage Grant project with Prof Paul Scuffham and others examining the use of Citizens’ Juries in health policy decision making;
- Urbanisation of the Gold Coast – ongoing research on patterns of urban development and planning regimes in the City of Gold Coast;
- Urban agriculture and food security – recently completed research for NCCARF on urban food security, urban resilience and climate change; ongoing comparative work with Vancouver on metropolitan scale planning for food security;
Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning :
- Understanding Australian Cities
- Gold Coast Honours Program Convenor
Selected Recent Publications
- 2014 Responding to climate change: lessons from an Australian hotspot, Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing, ISBN 9780643108615.
- 2014 ‘Harnessing the potential to quantify public preferences for healthcare priorities through citizens’ juries’ (Whitty, Burton, Kendall, Ratcliffe, Wilson, Littlejohns, Scuffham) International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 3: 57-62, DOI: 10.15171/ijhpm.2014.61.
- 2014 ‘Engaging the public in healthcare decision-making: quantifying preferences for healthcare through citizens’ juries, (Scuffham, Ratcliffe, Kendall, Burton, Wilson, Chalkidou, Littlejohns, Whitty) BMJ Open, 4: e005437. DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005437.
- 2014 ‘Towards networked governance: improving interagency communication and collaboration for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in Australia, (Howes, Tangney, Reis, Grant-Smith, Heazle, Bosomworth, Burton) Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2014.891974.
- 2014 ‘From white shoes to bold futures: the neoliberalisation of local government in an Australian city?’, Urban Studies, vol 51, no 15, 3233-3249, DOI: 10.1177/0042098014540944.
- 2014 ‘Wicked, diabolical or what? Responding rationally in a turbulent environment’ in P Burton (ed) Responding to Climate Change: Lessons from a Hotspot, CSIRO Publishing, 5-14.
- 2014 ‘Show me the benefits: public participation in climate adaptation planning in SEQ’ with J Mustelin in P Burton (ed) Responding to Climate Change: Lessons from a Hotspot, CSIRO Publishing, 47-57.
- 2014 ‘The enduring challenges of climate change’ in P Burton (ed) Responding to Climate Change: Lessons from a Hotspot, CSIRO Publishing, 169-171.
- 2014 ‘Australian Cities: in pursuit of a national urban policy’ with J Dodson in L Orchard and C Miller (eds) Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neo-Liberal Ascendancy, Bristol: The Policy Press,
- 2014 ‘Policy responses to climate change in Australia: contestation, complexity and uncertainty’ in M Hill (ed) Studying Public Policy: An international approach, Bristol: The Policy Press, 268-279.
- 2014 ‘Sustainable urban water environments’, Foreword to Sustainable Urban Water Environments, T Yigitcanlar (ed) Edward Elgar. xiv-xxi.
- 2014 ‘To participation and beyond? Developing e-democracy in Britain’ with S Hilton, in S Baum and A Mahizhnan (eds) Handbook of research on e-governance and social inclusion, IGI Global, 215-228.
- 2013 Urban food security, urban resilience and climate change (P Burton, K Lyons, C Richards, M Amati, N Rose, L Desfours, V Pires and R Barclay), Gold Coast, NCCARF, 160pp, ISBN: 978-1-1921609-90-9.
- 2013 ‘Planning for climate change: is greater public participation the key to success? (Burton & Mustelin) Urban Policy and Research, vol 31, no 4, 399-415
- 2013 ‘Mainstreaming climate change adaptation: an incremental approach to disaster risk management in Australia, (Heazle, Tangney and Burton) Environmental Science and Policy, vol 33, 162-170.
- 2010 ‘Gerotopia: rise of master planned communities for retiring Baby Boomers’ (Burton & Bosman) Queensland Planner, vol 50, no 4, 29-32.
Current PhD Students
- Victor Pires - planning for greater urban food security
- Greg Laves - climate resilience and urban water planning
- Rukuh Setiadi - policy learning and local climate change adaptation planning in Indonesia
- Sue Kyte - local cultural development strategies
- Kiran Sandhu - municipal solid waste management in India
- Steve Liaros - new information technologies and planning for intentional communities
- Sikha Karki (2016) - Threats of climate change on food security: Agroforestry as an option to ensure food and livelihood security