BA(Hons), MA (Newcastle), PhD (Caterbury)


Professor Peter Newton serves as Research Professor of Sustainable Urbanism in the Institute for Social Research at Swinburn University, and holds research leadership positions in the CRC for Low Carbon Living and the CRC for Spatial Information. With his social science background and 30 years of research experience in CSIRO, the last 15 as Chief Research Scientist, Professor Newton is a leader in socio-technical innovation as applied to the challenges of sustainable urban development. Other areas of expertise include: complex systems modelling, urban transition theory and state of environment reporting.

Key appointments in the last ten years, in addition to those listed in the Appointments section of this page, include: member of the Baord of AURIN (2013-); member of Research Advisory Committee CRC Water Sensitive Cities (2012-); member of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (2001-6); member of UN ESCAP Expert Group on Low Carbon Green Growth (2008-12); and founding member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (2004).

Reseach Professor, Swinburne University (2007-)

Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO (1994-2006)

Program Leader CRC Low Carbon Living (2012-)

Support Partner CRC Spatial Information (2010-)


Board of AURIN (2013-)

Research Advisory Committee CRC Water Sensitive Cities (2012-)

Member, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (2001-6)

Commonwealth Post-graduate scholar; CSIRO Post-doctoral Fellowship

L.J. Pearson, P.W. Newton and P. Roberts (eds) (2014) Resilient Sustainable Cities: A Future, Routledge, New York (ISBN 13:978041581620-5), 26 chapters, 255 pp.

P.W. Newton (ed.) (2008) Transitions: Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development in Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne (ISBN 978-0-6430-9419-2) and Springer, Dordrecht (ISBN 978-1-4020-8812-4), 45 chapters, 690 pp. Reprinted as pbk in July 2012 (ISBN 978-90-481-7995-4)

P. Newton and S. Glackin (2013) Using Geo-spatial Technologies as Stakeholder Engagement Tools in Urban Planning and Development, Built Environment, 39(40), 480-508

Peter W. Newton (2012) Liveable and Sustainable? Socio-Technical Challenges for 21st Century Cities, Journal of Urban Technology, 19(1), 81-102

Peter W. Newton and Denny Meyer (2012) The Determinants of Urban Resource Consumption, Environment and Behaviour, 44(1), 107-135