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Professor of Planning, School of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney

Rob Freestone is Professor of Planning in the School of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Dr Freestone joined UNSW in 1991 after six years with Design Collaborative, a Sydney planning, research and heritage consultancy. He held previous appointments in the NSW Department of Planning, Department of Geography at the University of Melbourne, and the Urban Research Program at the Australian National University. He was a council member of the International Planning History Society and President 2002-2006. At UNSW Robert was previously Head of Planning Program 2001-04 and Associate Dean (Research) in 2013-17. Robert was elected a Fellow of the Planing Institute of Australia in 2005, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2008, the Institute of Australian Geographers in 2009, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2021.


  • –present
    Professor of Planning, UNSW Australia


  • 1984 
    Macquarie University , PhD / Urban Studies