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Jason Byrne

Professor of Human Geography and Planning, University of Tasmania

Jason Byrne is an urban geographer and environmental planner. He is Professor of Human Geography and Planning in the School of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Prior to this, Jason was an Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. Jason undertook his PhD at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) where he was a fellow in the Center for Sustainable Cities. Jason was also a Senior Fellow with the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies in Baltimore, USA. He previously practised as a town planner and environmental policy officer with the Western Australian government. Jason's research interests include: urban nature and urban ecology; park and green-space planning; environmental equity and justice; open space and residential density; cities and ecological sustainability; and climate change justice.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, University of Tasmania
  • 2015–2017
    Associate Professor, Griffith University
  • 2009–2014
    Senior Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 2006–2009
    Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 1990–1998
    Planning Officer/Environmental Officer/Policy Officer, Western Australian Government (DPUD & WRC)


  • 2007 
    University of Southern California, PhD Geography
  • 1998 
    Curtin University, Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
  • 1990 
    University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology (Honours)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Urban Greening to protect vulnerable people and promote thermal equity
    Future Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2015
    Farming 4 Care: Using nature to cultivate resilience in young people
    Co Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2014
    Enabling social innovation for local climate adaptability
    Co Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Planning Institute Australia
  • Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Association of American Geographers
  • International Society of Human Ecology

Research Areas

  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)
  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Environmental Science And Management (0502)


Fellow of the Planning Institute Australia (PIA)