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- Adjunct Associate Professor Phil Heywood
- Discipline *
- Urban and Regional Planning
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DipTP (Victoria University of Manchester), BA(Hons) (University of Oxford)
- Professional memberships
Fellow and Past President
- Queensland Division, Planning Institute of Australia
- Queensland Department of Local Government & Planning Regional Planning Advisory Group
- South East Queensland Regional Plan Professional and Academic Advisory Group, Queensland Office of Urban Management, 2004-
- Steering Committee, Joint LGAQ-Queensland Government Integration of Social Issues in Integrated Planning Act Project, 1998-2000
- Brisbane City Air Quality Advisory Panel, 1995-6
- External Reference Group, Brisbane City Council New Town Plan 1994-5
- Steering Group, Brisbane City Council Brisbane 2011 Strategy Plan 1994-5
- Steering Group, Brisbane Southbank Youth Project, 1994-5
- Reference Group Environmental Impact Statement Department of Housing and Local Government, 1992
- Advisory Group South East Queensland Passenger Transport Study, 1990-1991.
- Steering Committee Brisbane City Council Inner Suburban Action, 1990-91.
- Advisory Committee Brisbane Traffic Study 1987-9
- Facilitator, Redcliffe Community Summit Process, 1990-91.
- President, Royal Australian Planning Institute, Queensland Division, and Member, Federal Council, 1986-8
- External Examiner, Department of Town & Country Planning, Institute Teknoloji Mara, Shah Alam, Malaysia, 1986-1988.
Community Planning, Housing policy, Metropolitan planning, Regional planning
Broad area of research: Infrastructure
Main area of research
Within the broad field of planning, Associate Professor Heywood and his research team have defined three main research areas:
- Urban, regional and strategic planning and their contributions to integrated community planning and governance
- Community involvement, consultation and development
- Plan preparation and applied planning method
Urban, regional and strategic planning and their contributions to integrated community planning and governance
Modern cities are increasingly reasserting their cultural, economic and political leadership under the changes which are associated with globalisation and technological advancements. As the population of the world continues to grow, ‘Governance’ has become a key concept in recent years. The underlying dynamics in economics has brought new participants in to governance like state, public sector, private firms, regional front, voluntary organisations etc.
Community involvement, consultation and development
Many cities find themselves restricted in their policy responses by administrative, historical and cultural divisions between different participants. It is this interface between different participants, in its varying manifestations, which is the main focus of Associate Professor Heywood’s research interests and activities. His area of research is focused on:
- Sustainable development and regulation of urban growth and land use
- Improvements in methods of analysis, evaluation, and planning
- Evolving patterns of suburbanization and central city reconstruction
- social and economic impacts of changes in urban life with a focus on inner city inequality
Informed participation, community involvement and feedback are essential in services provided and for their success, and the translation of these services into betterment for the community overall. The achievement of the specific goal of achieving better communication and participation faces a number of obstacles. One of the major hurdles has been that those who decide which services should be provided are not the same people who actually provide the service. Eliminating this problem requires better community consultation to have an impact on decision-making and service delivery.
Associate Professor Heywood has recognised the importance of community members in research agenda setting. His main areas of research in this field include:
- Community Involvement
- Community Consultation
- Community Development
Plan preparation and applied planning method
Globalisation has brought about different participants at state, regional and local level to collaborate for a prosperous future. However, resolution of planning issues at state, regional and local level is complicated by lack of coordination, integration and complexity. Other obstacles inherent to the strategic planning process are: the presence of conflicting values amongst participants, uncertainty about outcomes, the difficulty of defining responsibilities, and the controversial nature of plan management process.
Associate Professor Heywood’s research concentrates on the plan preparation and applied planning methods to the plan making system in order to make it easier to use and understand.
Associate Professor Heywood’s research in this area focuses on:
- Plan preparation
- Applied planning method
- Means to allow diverse representation via random selection
- Establish criteria for measuring success at the beginning
- Better ways to clarify responsibilities
- Consultation means for understanding differences of opinion and allow constructive feedback.
Associate Professor Heywood supervised a research team comprised of staff and students to produce a survey report on Youth Use and Perceptions of Brisbane’s Southbank Gardens on behalf of The Queensland Department of Family and Community Services in conjunction with social research consultants, Feral Arts (January-June, 1995). Metropolitan Planning & AdministrationAssociate Professor Heywood conducted independent research during 1997 into Metropolitan Planning and Administration in selected regions of North America and Australasia. His research resulted in four major articles and was ultimately converted in to monograph entitled ‘Progress in Planning’.First and Second Delegations to East TimorAssociate Professor Heywood authored a report entitled First and Second Delegations to East Timor on behalf of The Royal Australian Planning Institute during September, 2000.Review Brisbane City Planning ProcessesAssociate Professor Heywood and Mr P.D. Day reviewed Brisbane City Council’s Planning Processes on behalf of Brisbane City Council between June 1992 – March 1993.Housing ResearchAssociate Professor Heywood was involved in conducting housing research in 1992 to assist with the preparation and development of the National Housing Strategy paper No. 9 in Canberra. Community Development Strategy for The Brisbane PlanAssociate Professor Heywood was involved in overseeing the Community Development Strategy for the planning of Brisbane in 1990.Comparison of Australian and OECD Urban and Regional Policies and PracticeAssociate Professor Heywood was involved in a study to compare Australian and OECD Urban and Regional Policies and Practice for the Economic Planning Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Government (Canberra) during July 1990.Redevelopment of Brisbane’s South Bank Media 5Associate Professor Heywood was involved in reviewing public submissions for the redevelopment of Brisbane’s South Bank, Media 5 during February – March 1990.The Brisbane Plan: A City StrategyAssociate Professor Heywood was a Strategic Planning Advisor on ‘The Brisbane Plan: A City Strategy’ to Brisbane City Council between January and December 1990. His work led to the production of a number of published background papers on the ‘Metropolitan Planning for the Strategy’.Implications of Queensland Population GrowthAssociate Professor Heywood was involved in assessing the implications of Queensland Population Growth between 1990 and 2001 for Queensland Government Brisbane Members Group during June 1990.Review of Community Consultation in BrisbaneAssociate Professor Heywood participated in reviewing the impact of Community Consultation in Brisbane on behalf of the Brisbane Inner Suburbs Action Steering Committee formed by Brisbane City Council during November 1989.Review of Community Consultation in BrisbaneAssociate Professor Heywood reviewed Brisbane traffic Studies on behalf of the Brisbane Inner Suburbs Action Steering Committee formed by Brisbane City Council during October 1989.Feasibility Study of Sunshine Coast Higher Education FacilityAssociate Professor Heywood worked with Allison J, Cameron C, and McHugh R on a Feasibility Study of the Sunshine Coast’s Higher Education Facility for Queensland University of Technology during June 1989.Public Attitudes to the Character and Preferred Use of Brisbane City Old Botanical GardensAssociate Professor Heywood amd Mr Ted Duhs were the Principal Investigators responsible for conducting a survey and submitting report on Public Attitudes to the Character and Preferred Use of Brisbane City Old Botanical Gardens. The research was conducted during September 1985 behalf of Brisbane City Council.Riverside Access and Existing Urban Quality for Brisbane TrafficAssociate Professor Heywood prepared a study methodology, to assist with the City Heart Mobility Study and Report on ‘Riverside Access and Existing Urban Quality’, for a Brisbane Traffic Study during November 1988.
Awards and recognitions
Associate Professor Heywood has supervised Real world projects in collaboration with Local and State Governments and communities that have gained a number of Awards for Excellence and Merit from the Planning Institute of Australia (Queensland Division) over the last ten years.
The Darra, and Murarrie, North Brisbane Fringe City, Inala, Goodna, South Queensland Region, Wynnum, and Brisbane Eastern Gateway Region Community and Regional Planning Strategy Projects received these awards for Outstanding Achievement by Tertiary Students from the PIA in 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006.
The Darra, Inala, Goodna and Wynnum Projects also gained National PIA Tertiary Students Awards in 1998, 2004, 2006, and 2007.
- 2006: QUT Award for Excellence in team teaching and contributions to student achievement in practical work
- 2005: Year of the Built Environment Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Built Environment though inspirational teaching of students and community involvement
- 2003: Award for Excellence in International Planning, Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division for organization and editing of proceedings of 2002 Planning for Independence Conference in Dili, East Timor
- 1999: Award of Merit for Scholarship, Planning Institute of Australia, National Awards for monograph The Emerging Social Metropolis: Successful Planning Initiatives in Five New World Metropolitan Regions
- 1998: Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Planning Institute of Australia Queensland Division for monograph The Emerging Social Metropolis: Successful Planning Initiatives in Five New World Metropolitan Regions
- 1996: Award for Excellence in Planning in recognition of vision in founding the Queensland Awards program on the occasion of their 10th anniversary
- 1987: Brisbane City Council Citizen of Year for contributions to Community Participation in Planning
- 1986: 8 President, Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division
Facilitation and leadership
Preparation and delivery of one, two and three day seminars on:
- Social and Community Planning and their integration into the work of State and Local Government Planning Departments for RAPI,/ PIA, and various local governments, 1997-2000.
- Community Planning for the Department of Housing, (Mackay Region) Tenant Participation & Community Development Workers (1996); Sunshine Coast Group for Regional Advice on Planning Human Services (GRAPHS) (1995) and the Northern Sub Region Organization of Councils (NORSROC) (1995).
- Planning for Non-Planners for the Logan Regional Resource Centre (1994).
- Human Services Planning for the Cairns Family Resource Centre (1994).
2005-Present: Associate Professor & Course Coordinator, PS70, Master and PS72, Graduate Diploma of Urban & Regional Planning, School of Urban Development, Queensland University of Technology2001-2004: Associate Professor & Discipline Leader, Urban & Regional Planning, School of Design & Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology.1993-2001: Director, Heywood Planning Associates & Associate Professor in Planning, Queensland University of Technology.1981-1993: Head & Associate Professor, School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, Queensland University of Technology.1972-1981: Principal Lecturer and Head of Department of Town and Country Planning, Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology.1969-1972: Senior Lecturer in Regional Studies, Department of Town and Country Planning, Liverpool Polytechnic.1965-1969: Research and Planning Officer, North West Regional Office, Manchester, of Ministry of Housing and Local Government.1964-1965: Planning Assistant, Kent Country Planning Department, Policy and Research Section.1962-1964: Senior Geography Master. Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, East Nigeria.
Associate Professor Heywood coordinates and teaches the following Urban and Regional Planning courses and units at the Queensland University of Technology:
- Urban and Regional Planning Practice (projects on urban, regional, and community planning carried out in conjunction with state and local governments and communities)
- Community Planning
- Planning Processes
- Regional and Metropolitan and Policy
- Comparative Planning Theory
- Planning and Environmental Ethics
- Coordinator Community Practice Unit, QUT, 2003- oversight of joint work between local and state governments and communities and university staff and students throughout Queensland and in East Timor and Thailand.
Associate Professor Heywood is also involved in the supervision of Doctoral and Masters theses and graduate individual projects.
Within the broad field of planning, Associate Professor Phil Heywood and his research team have strong collaborations with:
- Queensland Department of Infrastructure & Planning
- Brisbane City Council
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