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Professor Douglas Baker

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Property and Planning

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Name
Professor Douglas Baker
Position(s)
Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Property and Planning
Discipline *
Urban and Regional Planning
Phone
+61 7 3138 2505
Fax
+61 7 3138 1170
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Waterloo)

Keywords

Regional air transport, Airport Planning, Airport Metropolis, Governance, Integrated Resource Management, Land use planning, Transit Oriented Development, Infrastructure Planning

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Broad Area of Research: Infrastructure

Research Areas

Within the broad field of urban and regional planning, Professor Baker and has defined five main research areas:

  • Airport Planning
  • Planning Evaluation
  • Land Use Planning
  • Environment Management and Assessment
  • Performance based Planning Environment Management and Assessment.

Grants

Selected List of Awarded Grants

The Airport Metropolis: Managing the Interfaces

Role: Principle Investigator (PI)
Partners: Neil Ryan, Kerry Brown, Ashantha Goonetilleke, Michael Drew, Luis Ferreira, Paul Barnes, Rob Freestone (UNSW), Phil Charles (UQ), John Kasarda (UNCarolina), Steven Appold (UNCarolina), Warren Walker (TU Delft) Margo Weijnen.(TUDelft)
Sponsor: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant
Amount: $1,518,912
Industry Partners: Brisbane Airport Corp., Adelaide Airport, Canberra Airport, Schiphol Airport, Qld. Dept. of Transport, Qld. Dept. of Main Roads, Office of Urban Management, Brisbane City Council, Port of Brisbane, Airtrain City Link, Tourism and Transport Forum, PTV Asia-Pacific, Commerce Qld, Airbiz Aviation Strategies Ltd.
Period: 2007-2011

Evaluation of Performance-based Planning under the Queensland Integrated Planning Act

Role: Principle Investigator (PI)
Partners: Neil Sipe, Brendan Gleeson
Sponsor: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant
Amount: $174,888
Industry Partner: Department of Planning and Infrastructure
Period: 2006-2009

2006: Queensland Smart State Initiative Grant. Partnerships-Alliances Facilitation Program 2005-06.

Role: Chief Investigator (CI)
Partners: Ashantha Goonetilleke (PI), Neal Ryan, and Louis Ferreira
Sponsor: Queensland Smart State
Amount: $80,000
Period: 2006

Using community-based processes to develop flexible guidelines for the design and modification of housing for a diversity of household types in provincial and remote Indigenous communities

Role: Chief Investigator (CI)
Partners: John Fein (RMIT – PI) and Virginia Lee (UniSA)
Sponsor: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Amount: $155,672
Period: 2006

International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing: Lessons for Australia

Role: Chief Investigator (CI)
Partners: Bill Duncan (QUT), Sharon Christensen (QUT), Vivien Milligan (USydney – PI), and Nicole Gurran (USydney)
Sponsor: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Amount: $102,000.00
Period: 2006

Awards and Recognitions

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (2007)
  • Queensland University of Technology Office of Research Largest Total Funding for an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant (2006)
  • University of Northern British Columbia Merit Award (2002)
  • University of Northern British Columbia Merit Award (2001)
  • University of Waterloo Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award for Doctor of Philosophy (1992)
  • Lewis Mumford Memorial Essay Prize (1991)

Career History

2004–Present Professor, Queensland University of Technology Brisbane

1999–2004 Associate Professor, School of Environmental Planning, College of Science and Management, University of Northern British Columbia

2000–2004 Adjunct Faculty, School of Environmental Planning, Griffith University Australia

2002–2003 Acting Chair, School of Environmental Planning, College of Science and Management, University of Northern British Columbia

1994–1999 Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Northern British Columbia

1992–1994 Senior Environmental Manager, Environmental Affairs, British Columbia Hydro, Vancouver, British Columbia
Role: Manager’s position responsible for the overall development and coordination of all environmental and socio-economic impact assessment, and environmental protection plans required for large-scale generation and linear developments. Duties included: participating in project planning and design, responsible for all environmental issues, including land reclamation; supervision of in-house study teams and consultants; public liaison with regulatory authorities, municipalities, special interest groups, and First Nations; responsible for budgets, technical and status reports, hearings, and schedules for environmental planning.

1978–1986 Regional Terrain Analyst: Kootenay Region, Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Geotechnical Branch, Nelson, British Columbia
Role: Senior administrative position under the supervision of the Regional Director of Highways responsible for the development and reclamation of construction aggregate sources; assessment terrain hazards affecting the highway network within the region. Duties included: supervision of field drilling and geophysical crews, laboratory technicians, and office staff; establishing quality control for government contracts, maintaining a comprehensive resource inventory and data base for construction sources, and to interface with a variety of other ministries (Forestry, Fish and Wildlife) and the public for resource planning issues.

This information has been contributed by Professor Douglas Baker.

Teaching

Teaching Areas

Dr. Baker has taught the following courses:

  • UDB 163: Introduction to Land Use Planning QUT
  • Planning 100: Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning, University of Waterloo
  • ENVS 104: Introduction to Planning UNBC
  • EVP 1037 Introduction to Environmental Planning Griffith University
  • NRES 210: Integrated Resources Management UNBC
  • Geography 265: Urban Spatial Behavior Wilfred Laurier University
  • ERS 290: Environmental Impact Assessment University of Waterloo
  • DBP 415/501: Integrated Resource and Environmental Management QUT
  • ENVS 303: Land and Resource Regulation UNBC
  • ENVS 305: Environmental Impact Assessment UNBC
  • DBP 415/501: Integrated Resource and Environmental Management QUT
  • ENVS 303: Land and Resource Regulation UNBC
  • ENVS 305: Environmental Impact Assessment UNBC
  • Planning 390: Methodology for Senior Honours Essay University of Waterloo
  • DPB 412: Planning Theory and Ethics QUT
  • ENVS 402: Terrain Assessment UNBC
  • ENVS 403: Energy Development UNBC
  • ENVS 405: Advanced Environmental Assessment UNBC
  • ENVS 410: Land Use Planning UNBC
  • Planning 480: Philosophy and Methodology of Planning University of Waterloo
  • ENVS 499: Directed Studies UNBC
  • Planning 490: Senior Honours Essay University of Waterloo
  • ENVS 610: Land Use Planning UNBC
  • ENVS 605: Advanced Environmental Assessment UNBC
  • NRES 802: Integrated Systems in Natural Resources Management UNBC.
This information has been contributed by Professor Douglas Baker.

Experience

External Collaborations

Within the broad field of urban and regional planning, Dr. Baker and his research team have strong collaborations with:

  • Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Adelaide Airport
  • Canberra Airport
  • Australian Airports Association
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Queensland Department of Infrastructure and Planning

Professional and Community Service Roles

Technical Committees Member

  • Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation – Professional Staff Recruitment Working Group
  • National Committee for Policy – Planning Institute of Australia
  • Policy Coordinator for Queensland – Planning Institute of Australia.
  • External Oral Examiner (Final Exam) for the Planning Institute of British Columbia
  • External Written Examiner (Provisional Exam) for the Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Technical and Research Committee for Mine Reclamation for the Province of British Columbia
  • Regulatory Review Working Group: Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland State Government
  • Mining and First Nations Committee (Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Mining Association of BC)
  • Expert Witness for Sierra Legal Defense Fund and Canadian Arctic Resources Committee: Environmental Assessment Review Process for Ekati Diamonds Project
  • General Plan Committee for the Energy Council – Reporting to the Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources (Planning Institute of British Columbia representative).

Community Committees Member

  • City of Prince George Advisory Planning Commission
  • City of Prince George Environmental Advisory Committee
  • City of Prince George Bylaw Committee
  • Prince George Art Gallery Review Committee

External Journal Reviewer

  • Australian Journal of Indigenous Education
  • Australian Planner
  • Environmental Management
  • Society and Natural Resources
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • International Journal of Wilderness
  • Alternatives
  • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
This information has been contributed by Professor Douglas Baker.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
The impact of governance on regional natural resource planning
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP130100933
Start year
2014
Keywords
Regional Governance; Land Use Planning; Sustainable Environments
Title
The Airport Metropolis: Managing the Interfaces
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0775225
Start year
2007
Keywords
land use planning; infrastructure; governance; economic development; airports; urban development;
Title
Flexible housing design for Indigenous communities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2006
Keywords
Title
International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing: Lessons for Australia
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
60322
Start year
2006
Keywords
Title
Evaluation of Performance-Based Planning under the Queensland Integrated Planning Act 1997
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0561911
Start year
2005
Keywords
performance based planning land use regulation planning schemes Queensland Integrated Planning Act integrated development assessment system performance standards

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