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Ms Mellini Sloan
Lecturer Urban & Regional Planning
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Built Environment
Discipline *
Urban and Regional Planning
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Master of Science (Environmental Engineering Sciences) (University of Florida), Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies) (Florida State University), PhD Candidate (Urban & Regional Planning) (Florida State University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Board Member, Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division 2018 – 2020

Member, Professional Development Committee, Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division 2019 – present

Member, Planning Institute of Australia 2014 – present


climate change adaptation, coastal management, conflict resolution, disaster planning and response, environmental planning and management, place dynamics and active transport, policy innovation, quantitative analysis, technology and policy adoption, urban hydrology

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


Mellini Sloan has been a lecturer in Urban & Regional Planning at the Queensland University of Technology since May 2009. Prior to arriving in Queensland, Mellini worked as an environmental engineering consultant to local governments in Florida (the other sunshine state) as well as state and federal environmental agencies, advising clients on issues related to the interfaces between water and the built environment, including options for water supply, stormwater, and wastewater management. Mellini’s current research examines the role of crises, communication, and prior actions in decision-making processes and outcomes, specifically focussing on challenges for local councils related to increasing community resilience to climate change. Mellini is primarily interested in collaborating on or supervising projects which fall within the following areas:

  • Disaster management: scenario planning; infrastructure resilience; change management; adaptive response
  • Planning in international settings: Bangladesh, Indonesia, US, China and Sri Lanka
  • Environmental planning and policy: water resource sustainability; integrated water resource planning; ecosystem restoration and management
  • Urban and regional planning: urban resilience; land use policy
  • Place dynamics: sense of place and inter-relationship with active transport behaviour
  • Technology and society: technology adoption; regulatory frameworks; politics of expertise
  • Planning history: early twentieth century US; contemporary Australia
  • Use of GIS to investigate policy implementation and effectiveness


  • Prananda Navitas (PhD, Indonesian Government Scholarship Recipient) – “Impacts of Socioeconomic and Building Characteristics on Residential Fire Risk and Community Resilience in Indonesia” – AssociateSupervisor (with Professor Doug Baker, Principal Supervisor)


  • Imon Chowdhoree (PhD, 2018) Endeavour Scholarship Recipient) – “Impacts of Structural Mitigation Measures on Perceptions of Community Flood Resilience: Experiences from Haor Communities of Bangladesh” – Associate Supervisor (with Professor Les Dawes, Principal Supervisor)
  • Lachlan McClure (PhD, 2016, QUTPRA Scholarship Recipient) – “Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in a Neoliberal Context” – Associate Supervisor (with Professor Doug Baker, Principal Supervisor)
  • Trimulyani Sunarharum (PhD, 2016, DIKTI and QUTPRA Scholarship Recipient) – “Collaborative Planning for Disaster Resilience: the Role of Community Engagement for Flood Risk Management” – Associate Supervisor (with Connie Susilawati, Supervisor)
  • Murray Lane

If you are interested in working with Mellini as a postgraduate student, please email with a short summary of your previous education and research interests, as well as:

  • an indication as to whether you are interested in pursuing a Masters degree or a PhD
  • your intended commencement date
  • funding you may have already secured to support your research (QUT does offer funding, but some international students secure external funding from either the Australian Government or their own government
  • IELTS or other English language proficiency test scores (for international students only)
  • transcripts for any previous studies
  • a resume or cv outlining professional experience and publications, if any

More on applying for research degrees here –

This information has been contributed by Ms Mellini Sloan.


Subject Area Coordinator, Urban and Regional Planning – 2020 to present

Unit Coordination, Design and Delivery at QUT

Descriptions available here –

  • Urban Planning Practice (UXH431) – 2019 to present
  • Honours Project/Thesis (UXH400-1 and UXH400-2) – 2019 to present
  • Work Integrated Learning / Professional Practice (SEB701/UXB301) – 2016 to present – Urban Development students (also Engineering 2016-2017)
  • Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (UDB369/UXB232/UXB135) – 2010-2019
  • Transport Planning (UXB332/UXB234) – 2018-2019 with Nathan Durnin and Ferdinand Joeffrey
  • Urban Analysis (UXB132) – 2018
  • Environmental Planning & Management (UDB370/UXH331) – 2009-2016
  • Introduction to Planning & Design (UDB161) – 2010-2013
  • Imagine Planning & Design (UXB131) – 2014
  • Site Planning – 2014 with Stephen Smith

Other Units

  • Collective Decision-making (Florida State University)

Undergraduate Thesis Supervision

  • 2019 – Kakanyo Gamodimo, Maddison Granzin, Riley Meara, Maureen Rambi, Chelsea Winn
  • 2018 – Tran Dinh, Zane Rafiq, Azman Reuben, Francarlo Rizzo, John Michael Seguerra, Xinyi Wong
  • 2017 – Sarah Nash, Damien Scalora
  • 2016 – Phoebe Beynon, Elizabeth Entriken, Keanu Johnston, Matthew Leman, Anushma Sharma
  • 2015 – Tyson Ryan, Larissa Hubner, Aaron Simmonds
  • 2014 – Alexandra Fry, Luke Hawkins, Toby Vann
  • 2013 –  Charlotte Alchin, Ruby Burns, Melissa David, Rebecca Draheim, Hilary Grulke, Alyce Keen, Joshua Haliyanti Limbong, Jenita Porter, Shilo Quinnell
  • 2012 – Leighton Armitage, Emily Argent, Karen Delaney, Joshua Maunder, Alexandra Moore, Michael Rookwood
  • 2011 – Ellen Dwyer, Brenton Josey, Samantha Loxton, Lachlan McClure, Tristan Miles, Tina Piggott, Stephen Pyrih, Kloe Robinson
  • 2010 – Jenna Kljaic, Sarah Stirling
This information has been contributed by Ms Mellini Sloan.



Board Member, Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division 2018 – 2020

Member, Professional Development Committee, Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division 2019 – present

Member, Planning Institute of Australia 2014 – present

Government (State, Local)

  • Environmental Specialist III, Office of Water Policy, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2003-2004. Worked with senior management, general counsel, and stakeholders on regulatory and other policy issues.
  • Environmental Specialist III, Water Quality Standards and Special Projects, Florida Department of Environmental Protection,2002-2003. Worked with senior management to draft policy strategies, oversee technical advisory committee, and interact with federal and internal agency staff to ensure compatibility with multi-level initiatives.
  • Environmental Manager, Stormwater / Nonpoint Source Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 1998-1999. Worked with agency staff to identify and develop analytic tools to facilitate program implementation. Interacted with contractors and budget offices, providing oversight for university research grants.
  • Watershed Management Intern, Leon County Growth and Environmental Management, Tallahassee, FL, 1994-1995. Drafted report analyzing impacts of a potential policy change.

Consultancies (Primarily Local Government & State and Federal Agency Clients)

  • Self-employed Consultant, 2004-2006. Assisted clients with navigation of dynamic regulatory constraints related to water quality and quantity issues.
  • Environmental Scientist, TetraTech, Inc., Owings Mills, MD and Orlando, FL, 1999-2002. Worked with local government and state and federal agency clients to identify and develop potential solutions for emerging water resource problems.


  • Lecturer, Urban & Regional Planning, School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, 2009-present.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University, 2007-2009. Collaborated with B. Stiftel (Georgia Tech) on an ACSP-funded study on promotion and tenure practices in urban and regional planning programs.
  • Research Assistant, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. 2007-2008. Developed cost-benefit and other analyses for facility energy conservation options.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University, 2007, 2002-2003. Taught undergraduate course in collective decision-making. Assisted with graduate courses in policy analysis, planning theory, and quantitative methods as well as mixed undergraduate / graduate growth management course.
  • Associate Director, Florida Community / Higher Education / School Partnership, Tallahassee, FL, 2006-2007. Coordination of service-learning / civic engagement program supported primarily through competitive federal funds.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, 1995-1998. Designed and implemented field ecology study and data analyses.


  • Career Mentor Scheme Advocate of the Year, 2018.
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award, Queensland University of Technology, 2010.
  • Dissertation Research Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, Florida State University, 2008.
  • Travel Scholarship, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Dissertation Workshop, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2007.
  • Travel Grant, Council of Graduate Students, Florida State University, 2007.
This information has been contributed by Ms Mellini Sloan.


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


Awards and recognition

Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
Invited Member of the 2013 Southeast Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan Update Expert Panel
Reference year
Nominated for Award for Excellence in Research Supervision
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
Invited Speaker at the LGAQ Infrastructure and Planning Symposium, 16 March 2011, Brisbane, QLD.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award in recognition of a significant and superior contribution to the work of the University.