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Professor in Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Melbourne

Professor Nick Low is a city planner and founder of GAMUT at the University of Melbourne (the Australasian Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport, one of seven Centres of Excellence in Future Urban Transport worldwide funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations).

His book with Brendan Gleeson, Justice, Society and Nature (Routledge) won the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award of the International Studies Association. He has two books coming out in 2012: Transforming Transport, The ethics, politics and practices of sustainable transport (Routledge-Earthscan), and with Carey Curtis, Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Transport (Ashgate).

He is a former Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, and has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences on urban planning and transport. He was given the National Award for Planning Excellence (Planning Scholarship, Research and Teaching) of the Royal Australian Planning Institute for the book (with Brendan Gleeson) Australian Urban Planning, New Challenges, New Agendas.

Recent books include:

The Green City, Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Suburbs, UNSW Press, Sydney and Routledge, London and New York (2005) LOW, NP. GLEESON, B.J., GREEN, R AND RADOVIC, D.

Making Urban Transport Sustainable, Palgrave, Basingstoke UK (2003) LOW , N.P. and GLEESON, B.J. eds

Recent journal articles:

‘Rethinking the cost of traffic congestion, lessons from melbourne’s city link toll roads’, Urban Policy and Research 30 pp. 189-205. (2012) LOW, N.P. and ODGERS, J.

‘Path dependence in urban transport: An institutional analysis of urban passenger transport in Melbourne, Australia, 1956-2006, Transport Policy (16 (2) pp. 47-58 (2009). LOW, N.P. and ASTLE, R.


  • 2009–present
    Professor, The University of Melbourne
  • 1974–2009
    Lecturer to Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne
  • 1971–1974
    Principal Planning Officer, London Borough of Hillingdon


  • 1971 
    The University of Strathclyde, MSc, Urban and Regional Planning