Presenters 2010

Prof Peter McDonald BComm (NSW), PhD (ANU), FASSA, Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.


He is Vice President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) for the years, 2006-2009 and has been elected President of IUSSP for the period, 2010-2013. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Member of the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council. Prior to his present appointment he was head of research at the Australian Institute of Family Studies for a period of 11 years.


He has also worked at the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia, at the World Fertility Survey, London and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Throughout his career, he has been actively engaged in the teaching and promotion of demography as a discipline while applying interdisciplinary approaches in his research.


He has a PhD degree in Demography from the Australian National University and an Honours degree in Economics Statistics from the University of New South Wales.



Jeremy Harris served for more than ten years as the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, the 12th largest city in the United States. 


Since retiring from elected office in January of 2005, he has been a strong international voice for the development of sustainable cities. Over the last three years, the Mayor has served in a number of roles in this regard.

In 2005, he was a national director on the board of the American Institute of Architects, and helped create a new AIA program focused on helping American cities become more sustainable. He was also appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Mr Harris is currently a member of the Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academy of Science and also serves on the National Academy’s Committee to advise Congress on the future policy and research direction of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In 2007, the Mayor served as an expert for the UN Habitat and the Korean government in the development of an International Urban Training Center in Korea. At the request of the Asian Development Bank and the State Department, Mayor Harris delivered a keynote speech on urban energy policy in Manila.

Mayor Harris is the co-founder of the Mayor’s Asia-Pacific Environmental Summit (MAPES), a biennial summit conference sponsored by The Sustainable Cities Institute, the Asian Development Bank, the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives as well as other international organizations. This program for urban sustainability has established a network of Asian and Pacific Island mayors and local government leaders. In 2007 he co-chaired a MAPES summit in Melbourne, Australia, in partnership with the Mayor of Melbourne. Through The Sustainable Cities Institute, a non-governmental organization, the Mayor has also provided advice and guidance on issues related to urban sustainable development to organizations around the world.


Professor Richard Weller

Richard Weller is Winthrop Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia (UWA) where he is renowned for combining teaching, research and practice in a dynamic student-centered environment. He received an excellence in teaching award from the UWA in 2003.

In over 20 years of design practice Professor Weller has received a consistent stream of international, design competition awards. His work has been widely exhibited including in a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1998) and at the Venice Biennale (2004).

Professor Weller has published over 50 papers and given over 80 invited presentations on contemporary urban design and landscape architecture.

His design work has been published as a monograph by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2005 and his planning work concerning the creation of alternative urban growth scenarios for the city of Perth by the year 2050 is the subject of his latest book, ‘Boomtown 2050’: a book acclaimed by Charles Waldheim, Chair  of Landscape architecture at Harvard University, as a ‘must read’ for students of the city world-wide.

Professor Weller consults as both a designer and a reviewer of major projects.


Rod Fehring, Executive General Manager, Australand Limited

Mr Fehring joined the executive team of Australand in March 2010. Prior to joining Australand Mr Fehring spent nearly 9 years with Lend Lease in various roles as CEO of its retirement living/aged care business, its Venture Capital business and 6 years as Chief Executive Officer of Delfin Lend Lease.

Mr Fehring has 30 years experience in the property industry primarily in the residential development and planning sectors. Mr Fehring is also Chairman of the Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute Ltd, and has held Directorships of the Property Council of Australia and was the immediate past Chairman of the Residential Development Council of Australia.


Mark Fuller, Managing Principal, AECOM Design + Planning

Mark Fuller has over 30 years professional experience, having worked extensively in Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as South East Asia, China, the Middle East and New Zealand.

Based in AECOM’s Design + Planning studio in Brisbane, Mark leads the firm’s global design practice. He is a registered landscape architect, a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a chartered member of the Landscape Institute (UK) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Mark’s work has been recognised with a number of industry awards. He is a strong supporter of collaborative teamwork and he leads the firm’s ongoing commitment to high-quality, integrated, multidisciplinary design.




Guy Barnett is a Research Team Leader in CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems’ Urban Systems Program based in Canberra, Australia. Since joining CSIRO in 1995, Guy has worked on a variety of projects resulting in the publication of 3 book chapters, 17 peer-reviewed articles, and 31 technical reports. He has a background is urban environmental science and is currently interested in the study of cities as ecosystems and ways in which ecological knowledge can be better integrated with urban design and planning processes. He is also working with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University to build an interdisciplinary perspective on the health impacts of climate change in urban environments and opportunities for planning climate adaptation.






The conference will be held from 30th August to the 1st of September 2010 at the National Convention Centre- Canberra.


Monday 30th  and Tuesday the 31st of August will be keynote presentations and selected papers.  There will be tours on Wednesday the 1st September.


The welcome reception will also be included for all full delegates at Old Parliament House.

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Former Mayor of Hawaii, Sustainable Cities Institute USA
Prof Bob Frame
Landcare Research  - NZ
Dorte Ekelund
Executive Director, Major Cities Unit, Infrastructure Australia


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Gold Coast City Architect


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Director Planning Services
Planning and Land Authority ACT


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Queensland Government Architect


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