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Professor Peter Newton

Research Leader ‘Low Carbon Precincts’
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Swinburne University of Technology
EW (Engineering West) Building
PO Box 218 Hawthorn 3122
Melbourne VIC Australia


T +61 3 9214 4769

Dr Peter Newton is a Research Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. His research is focused on pathways capable of achieving a sustainability transition for cities and their residents. They include technological innovation in urban infrastructure (Transitions: Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development, Springer, 2008), innovation in urban planning and design (Technology, Design and Process Innovation in the Built Environment, Taylor & Francis, 2009; Towards a New Model for Housing Regeneration in the Greyfields, AHURI, 2011) and in understanding household consumption behaviour (Urban Consumption, CSIRO Publishing, 2011). Before joining Swinburne in 2007 he was Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO.

His research on low carbon living includes studies on zero carbon housing (Pathways to Decarbonising the Housing Sector: A Scenario Approach, Building Research and Information, 2011, 39, 34-50) quantifying the significance of alternative urban forms for energy use in cities (The Energy and Carbon Footprints of Urban Housing and Transport: Current Trends and Future Prospects, in R.Tomlinson (ed), 2012, The Unintended City, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne); a study identifying the determinants of household energy use (The Determinants of Urban Resource Consumption, Environment and Behaviour, 2012, 44(1) 107-135); and an ARC Discovery project on the green economy.