Research Professor in Sustainable Urbanism, Swinburne University of Technology

Peter Newton is a Research Professor in the area of sustainable built environments at Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions where he has led ARC Discovery Projects on Sustainable Consumption as well as Green Economy Transition as well as AHURI and CRC SI projects on urban (greyfields) regeneration. Since 2011 he has been a Research Leader in the CRC for Low Carbon Living where he has researched and published on decarbonisation of housing and transport in cities. His most recent books are: Urban Consumption (CSIRO Publishing 2011), Transitions. Pathways Towards More Sustainable Urban Development in Australia (Springer 2008) , Technology, Design and Process Innovation in the Built Environment (Taylor & Francis 2009) and Resilient Sustainable Cities (Routledge 2014). He has been engaged by the federal government of Australia since 1996 in State of Environment Reporting on Human Settlements/Built Environment.


  • 2007–present
    Research Professor, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 1994–2006
    Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO


  • 1977 
    University of Canterbury, PhD


Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia