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Associate Professor in Planning, School of the Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney

Sumita Ghosh is an academic who focuses on responsive urban design and spatial planning in the School of Built Environment, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Built Environment, UTS. As an architect and urban planner, Sumita has more than 20 years of teaching, research and professional experience. She has previously worked for government, local councils, research organisations and universities in Australia, New Zealand and India.

Her research interests focus on applications of green infrastructure planning (urban forestry and local food production); sustainable urban design and performance assessments for precincts; urban morphologies and settlement planning and policy in reducing energy and carbon footprints using spatial analysis and modelling.

Sumita also studies the roles of onsite practices and social aspects of local food production in suburban home gardens, and rooftop and community gardens in creating healthy and sustainable communities.
She has participated in multidisciplinary research projects with various Australian universities and the Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST), New Zealand Government on green infrastructure, sustainable settlement modelling and community development practices. She was the chief investigator from UTS in a collaborative research project funded by Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) Category 1 grant that investigated carbon benefits and pollution mitigation potential of Australia’s urban forest. She participated in City of Sydney’s Environmental Grant Programme to conduct qualitative social research on rooftop urban food production in the Sydney CBD in Australia.

Sumita is the course director for the Master of Planning degree at UTS, in which she teaches urban design, strategic planning, master planning and spatial analysis (using Geographic Information Systems or GIS methods). She also supervises doctoral and postgraduate research students.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney