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Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Dr Sophie Sturup is a lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University. She holds the position of Year 1 Coordinator for the University, and is the Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design's Teaching and Learning Committee.

After completing her undergraduate degree in Science at University of Melbourne in 1994, Dr Sturup worked in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance in the unit established to privatise the state owned electricity and gas services. During this time she developed her own consultancy practice and after the completion of the privatisation process in 1999, she worked in various capacities including as Secretary to the Australian Energy Alliance (providing advice to the APEC Energy Business Network) and on a project to ensure appropriate handling of the contingent liabilities associated with contractors records for Public Record Office Victoria.

Dr Sturup completed a Masters of Science in Geography at University of Oxford in 2006 and completed her PhD “Managing Mentalities of Mega Projects” at University of Melbourne in 2011. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in public sector management from Flinders University, and is recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK

Concerned primarily with mechanisms that allow for the development of what it is to be human, and the emancipation of human being, Dr Sturups research current reserach interests include:
the effective development and harnessing of public private partnerships;
critical evaluation of economic agglomerations and the role of urban planning policy in them;
ontologies of urban and strategic planning;
the technology and ontologies of mega urban transport projects; and
effective governance and development of sustainable urban transport.
Dr Sturup has published 6 referreed journal articles and 5 book chapters over 5 years in academia. She has attended numerous conferences in Australia and Europe. The most recent is 'Swimming or Drowning in the Depths of Partnership' in the Australian Journal of Public Administration.


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    Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University