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Lab leaders

Dr Silvia Tavares

Silvia is an urban designer with a background in architecture, urbanism, and building and city science (affiliate member of PIA and registered architect and urbanist in Brazil). Her research focuses on designing for urban thermal comfort and urban microclimates, the relationship between urban microclimates and people’s health, and the impacts of climate change on them all.

Email: stavares@usc.edu.au

Phone: +61 7 5456 5884

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Silvia Tavares
Dr Nicholas Stevens

Nicholas Stevens is a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner. He is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he leads the Land Use Planning and Urban Design Research Theme. His recent research explores the concept of Sociotechnical Urbanism and the application of Ergonomics and Human Factors methods to the perennial problems of Urban Planning. Nicholas has also published widely in the areas of airport and regional land use development, examining the concepts of the Airport City and Aerotropolis.

Email: nstevens@usc.edu.au

Phone: +61 7 5459 4453

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Nicholas Stevens

PhD student

Ryan McNeilly Smith

Ryan is a planner and urban designer working across research and practice. He is a PhD student with USC, where he is investigating bioclimatic urban design and urban microclimates. His research has a real-world focus on the development of urban design policy solutions to mitigate extreme heat health-risks in Queensland. Ryan’s professional and research interests sit at the intersection of land-use planning and urban design, resilience and disaster management. With experience in government and private practice, Ryan also holds a position with a planning, resilience and adaptation advisory firm.

PhD research project: Bioclimatic urban design policy for improved microclimates in the public realm: A case study of extreme heat mitigation in Queensland

Email: ryan.mcneillysmith@research.usc.edu.au

Research internship students

Student Project
Olivia Herrmann

Urban Climate in Planning Education

Samuel Tweed

Urban Climate in Planning Education

Donna Morawiak

Urban Infrastructure for Healthy Environments and Oceans

Annie Miley

Urban Infrastructure for Healthy Environments and Oceans