Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning, Griffith University

Dr Tony Matthews is a Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University. His work focuses on planning better cities with strong environmental credentials. He has published widely on adapting cities to climate change, renewable energy transitions, green infrastructure uptake, housing policy and design, heritage management, public art and sustainable urban design.

Tony is currently managing several research grants. The largest, an ARC Discovery Grant, is entitled, 'Connecting Social Policy and Urban Planning for a Low Carbon Future'. He regularly provides expert advice to national and state governments, the private sector and non-government organisations.

Tony is a frequent contributor to local and international media and public discussion, reflecting his belief that urban issues are of broad public interest. He regularly contributes to television, radio, print and online media. His ABC radio show, ‘The Urban Squeeze’, recently finished it’s second season.

Tony holds the professional designations of Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Urban & Environmental Planning, Griffith University
  • 2013–2016
    Lecturer in Urban & Regional Planning, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2014 
    Griffith University, PhD in Urban & Environmental Planning
  • 2009 
    University College Cork, Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Member of Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
  • Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA)