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Chair and Professor of Urban & Regional Planning; Director of Canberra Urban & Regional Futures, University of Canberra

Professor Barbara Norman is the Chair of Urban and Regional Planning, Director of Canberra Urban & Regional Futures (CURF) and Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Network (CCARRN) at the University of Canberra. She is also a Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University, a Life Fellow and past national president of the Planning Institute of Australia, an Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK) and past inaugural Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council. Professor Norman is a member of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (Columbia University) and was a contributing author to the IPCC 5 WG2 report. She has extensive experience in the public sector at all levels of government. Her research interests include coastal planning, sustainable cities, urban and regional planning, climate change adaptation; coastal and urban governance. Barbara was a recipient of an Australian Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community through urban and regional planning.


  • –present
    Foundation Chair, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra


  • 2009 
    RMIT University, PhD


Honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute UK; Australian Centenary Medal