Professor of Planning

Sydney, Australia
22 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Social Sciences and Psychology

  • Penrith Campus
  • Remuneration Package: $215,034 p.a
  • Full-Time, Ongoing Position

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest growing and economically significant Western Sydney region. Boasting 10 campuses - many in CBD locations – and more than 170,000 alumni, 44,000 students and 3000 staff, the University has 10 Schools with an array of well-designed programs and courses carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry. The University is ranked in the top two per cent of Universities worldwide and as a research leader, 80 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at ‘World Standard’ or above.

Western Sydney University, with the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, is seeking to appoint a Professor of Planning at Western to support teaching in physical, technical, social and design areas of planning. 

The Professor will also provide leadership in research in broadly the same area as well as establish and develop strong ties with the planning and development industry. Sydney/NSW is experiencing a once in a generation infrastructure and housing boom that is raising demand for urban planners. Our urban planning courses guided by the Professor of Planning would help meet this increased demand for skilled planners. 

The School of Social Sciences and Psychology (SSAP) offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including research programs that combine advanced academic knowledge with real-life training to suit a range of career needs and interests in a range of disciplines including: Geography, Planning, Heritage and Tourism and Peace and Development Studies. 

Urban planning courses at Western have a long and illustrious history. Undergraduate planning degree courses have been offered at the university since 1995 and the postgraduate courses since 2005. Since inception of planning education, Western has produced over seven hundred undergraduate and postgraduate planners. Our graduates have been highly successful in their professional planning careers. They have been shaping the future of our cities through their good work with the local councils, state agencies, planning consultants and developers. 

Western holds accreditations from the Planning Institute of Australia for its undergraduate and postgraduate planning courses. Our postgraduate planning courses are very popular with international students. About half of our Masters students in planning are international. We also have several HDR students at various stages of completion in the PhD program in planning. Our undergraduate planning course has the highest ATAR of all planning courses in NSW. Students enrolled in planning courses are routinely the best performing in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology.  

This is a full-time, ongoing position based at the Penrith Campus. 

Remuneration: Academic Level E $215,034 p.a. (comprising Salary $182,548 p.a.; 17% Superannuation and Leave Loading). 

Position Enquiries: Professor Kevin Dunn, Dean and Provost - Penrith Campus,

Closing Date: 25 February 2018

To view the Position Description and to apply for this position, please go to the University's current vacancies website at