- City and Urban Design
- Landscape Architecture
- Land Use Planning and Urban Design Methods
- Strategic Infrastructure Planning
- Community Planning
- Human Factors and Land Use Planning
- 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
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.
You can also stay in touch with Nicholas at:
- Planning Institute of Australia
- Urban Design Alliance (Qld)
- 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
|Project name||Investigators||Funding body||Year||Focus|
|Human Factors and Urban Design: Planning for
|Dr Nicholas Stevens, Associate Professor Paul Salmon||University of the Sunshine Coast, School of
|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
|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|