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Dr Gregor H. Mews

PhD (EnvirDes) University of Canberra, MURP TU-Berlin, BURP TU-Berlin

  • Lecturer in Urban Design and Town Planning
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Sunshine Coast
Gregor Mews

Dr Gregor Mews, MURP (TU-Berlin), PhD EnvirDes (University of Canberra), MPIA, ISOCARP, is teaching and researching  in Urban Design and Town Planning at the University of the Sunshine Coast, was the Executive Director of Urban Synergies Group, is a Co-Founder and Director of the Australian Institute of Play, a Steering Committee Member of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, a Council Board Member of City Space Architecture and an Advisory Board Member on research into practice of the Journal of Public Space.

He has led local, national and international projects in the nexus urban design and health, been an Urban Thinker voice for UN-Habitat and strategically to advocate for vulnerable population groups with impact transcending boundaries across the Global North and South and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Under conceptual approach of "Right to the City" he advocated for better health and well-being outcomes at the United Nations Habitat III conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held in Quito (Ecuador) in 2016. Over the course of two decades, he has been teaching, researching at universities in Europe (University of Kassel, Technical University of Berlin), North America (Yale University), Africa (University of Makeni), and Australia (Queensland University of Technology, University of Canberra, UNSW Canberra). Greg received 16 work-related awards including the prestigious ‘Oscars of Education” QS Wharton Reimagine Education Award in the category Presence Learning & Teaching as well as the 2021 overall Education Award.

His latest research projects include a MRFF -PPHR Initiative grant in Australia and a Civil Society in Development grant in Sierra Leone. Greg has published 3 books and 39 publications internationally, including “Perspectives of sustainable urban development for cities in Central Asia”, the recent “The future of Asian and Pacific Cities: Transformative pathways towards sustainable urban development in the post covid-19 era” for UN-ESCAP, the latest upcoming book “Transforming Public Space through Play” (April 2022 by Routledge), and served as a guest-editor of “Special issues Journal - Public health and wellbeing in public open spaces through climate responsive urban planning and design” in the Journal of Public Space. Between 2008 and 2013 he was the Vice- President and advocacy coordinator of the Planning Institute of Australia (ACT Division), held an Adjunct Prof. Associate position at the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra, and is an active member of ISOCARP (International Society of Urban and Regional Planners) Community of Practice Urban Health. In his pursued adding quality to urban environments, he served on juries and boards in Denmark, Germany, Sierra Leone and Australia, including the ACT Government, National Capital Authority, Logan Together, Dreamtown, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk- Buendnis Recht auf Spiel, advising government, non-government and industry on urban design and public space projects.

Professional Memberships 

  • Full member Planning Institute of Australia & Past Vice- President of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) ACT Division and Advocacy Coordinator
  • Member International Society of Urban and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) – Urban Health Community of Practice
  • Steering Committee Member - UN-Habitat- World Urban Campaign, Kenya
  • Scientific Board Member - Research into Practice at The Journal of Public Space
  • Council Board Member - City Space Architecture
  • Advisor to the Board – Dreamtown, Denmark
  • Co-founder and Director - Australian Institute of Play
  • Founder - Urban Synergies Group, Australia
  • Steering Committee Member - Logan Together, Logan, Australia


  • QS Wharton Reimagine Education Award in the category Presence Learning & Teaching
  • QS Wharton Reimagine Education Award in the category 2021 overall Education Award
  • AAUT Nomination by QUT for Design for Impact Citation Multidisciplinary Teaching and Learning 2021 Category 1: Approaches to Teaching and/or the Support of Learning that Influences, Motivate and Inspire Students to Learn https://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/policy-submissions/teaching-learning-funding/australian-awards-for-university-teaching/
  • QUT Vice-Chancellor Award for Student Learning Excellence for “Place, People, Planet and Purpose: Design for transformational learning through interdisciplinary collaborations” 2021
  • Public Engagement and Community Planning Award Commendation, Planning Institute of Australia (ACT Division) 2018
  • Urban Thinkers Voice for UN-Habitat 2017
  • Best Planning Idea Award Commendation for the Active Living Impact Checklist, Planning Institute of Australia (ACT Division) 2012
  • Improving Planning Process and Practice Award Commendation for the Active Living Project, Planning Institute of Australia (ACT Division) 2011

Professional Social Media

Research Grants

Grant/Project name


Funding body & A$ value


Focus (of research grant)

A Good Start in Life for Young Children: Reducing Vulnerability and Health Inequity - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC Partnership Grant)

Associate Investigator

AUD 868,846.28 FUNDREF: http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000925 



Children health, play, health inequalities

Road Safety Education and Safe Routes to School Planning for ACT Primary SchoolsNRMA Road Safety Trust (Canberra, ACT, AU)Routes to School Planning for ACT Primary Schools

Chief Investigator

AUD 150,000

Donation from NRMA Road Safety Trust


Road safety

Safe routes to school

Shaping Spaces for Gen Z - Urban Thinkers Campus

Chief Investigator

AUD 85,000 Sponsorship ACT government


Child friendly environments, participatory design, health

Producing spaces, changing places- the role of play. Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarhip

Chief Investigator

AUD81,000 Salary award/ Scholarship


2016- 2019

Public space, play, urban analysis, spatial practice, public life studies

Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours Students

  • Design for play
  • public space
  • urban analysis
  • public life studies
  • urban health
  • sustainable urban development
  • community resilience
  • global south

Research areas

  • public space
  • regenerative design
  • health and well-being
  • public life
  • child and youth friendly environments
  • community resilience
  • sustainable development
  • urban design
  • play spaces
  • more-than human
  • new materialism
  • co-design
  • non-linear design thinking

Teaching areas

  • Landscape and Wellbeing
  • Urban design and Place-making

Specialist areas of knowledge include urban design theory and practice, urban health, public spaces, play, sustainable urban development., spatial practices.

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