Dr Nicholas Stevens

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Teaching areas

  • City and Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Land Use Planning and Urban Design Methods
  • Strategic Infrastructure Planning
  • Community Planning
  • Human Factors and Land Use Planning

Research areas

  • sociotechnical sytems approaches to land use planning and urban design
  • visualisation of urban design and town planning education
  • airport land use planning and development
  • cities as complex systems
  • sustainable infrastructure development

Profile

Dr Stevens is a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner. He is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he leads the Land Use Planning and Urban Design Research Theme.

His recent research explores the concept of Sociotechnical Urbanism and the application of Ergonomics and Human Factors methods to the perennial problems of Urban Planning. Nicholas has also published widely in the areas of airport and regional land use development, examining the concepts of the Airport City and Aerotropolis. He also has significant experience in collaborative research projects with Australian local, state and federal governments, private enterprise, and national and international research institutions.

In 2015 Dr Stevens was awarded an Australian Government Citation for Teaching Excellence for his development of design studio based Urban Planning curricula. He teaches across all years of the Bachelors (Honours) Regional and Urban Planning Program

He currently serves on the Planning Institute of Australia organising committee for the Sunshine Coast, as well as the Deputy Chair for the Caloundra CBD Economic Revitalisation Taskforce.

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Professional memberships

  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • Urban Design Alliance (Qld)

Awards

  • Citation Award, 2015, Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). In recognition for establishing applied curricula and digital resources which prioritise student access to town planning principles, practice and projects, enabling them to 'plan for great places'.
  • Largest Total Funding Awarded for an ARC Linkage – Project Grant, 2007, Queensland University of Technology (Team based)
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution – Community Practice Unit, 2006, Australian Housing and Research Institute (AHURI) (Individual)

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • off-road and unsealed road safety
  • human factor methods in land use planning and urban design
  • sensory design of urban environments
  • airport and regional land use planning
  • infill development scenarios for transport corridors
  • 3D visualisation for complex urban systems
  • active transport infrastructure development

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Human Factors and Urban Design: Planning for
People
Dr Nicholas Stevens, Associate Professor Paul Salmon University of the Sunshine Coast, School of
Social Sciences
2014 This project will investigate the contribution
that urban design may make in the delivery of roadway corridors that prioritise
pedestrians and cyclists.
Play while you learn spatial planning principles Dr Nicholas Stevens (Lead), A/Prof Johanna Rosier, A/Prof Christian Jones, Dr Uwe Terton, Ben Rolfe Exploratory Learning and Teaching Grant, USC 2013–2014 This project will develop a 'serious' game to provide prospective and current students with the skills and attributes to interpret and engage with regional and urban planning
Sustainable urban transport corridors Dr Nicholas Stevens (Lead), Bronwyn Buksh, Dan Koch Queensland Department of Transport and Main
Roads
2010–2012 This research has developed a framework to assist multidisciplinary approaches to the planning, design and delivery of transport corridors
Guidelines to engage industry partners in academic research Dr Nicholas Stevens, Prof Douglas Baker (QUT) (Lead) Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Office of Research and Brisbane Airport Corporation. QUT Engagement Innovation Grant 2007–2008 The primary purpose of the Guidelines is to provide a framework that outlines a series of methods to facilitate and consolidate the engagement process for stronger partnerships and improved research outcomes

 

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