Michael Buxton is a professor of Environment and Planning at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University.
International environmental law and its impact on national policy
Intergrated transport-land use planning and city planning
Fringe area and rural planning
Natural resource use
Professor Michael Buxton joined RMIT in 1998 after 12 years in senior management with Victorian Government Planning and Environment agencies, and with the Victorian Environment Protection Authority. He formerly headed the intergovernmental process for developing Australia’s National Greenhouse Strategy, and the group responsible for the development and implementation of environmental policy in Victoria. He was an elected Victorian local government councilor and Mayor for ten years and was a member of the Upper Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Authority for six years. He is a former lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne.
Michael heads a research team carrying out extensive research into peri-urban regions, including a national study titled Change and Continuity in Peri-Urban Australia. This team’s national and Victorian studies have investigated the nature and extent of contemporary peri-urban regions in Australia; identified future patterns of socio-economic, environmental change in peri-urban landscapes; and developed scenarios for future land use and management based on 'business as usual', interventionist and deregulated options. Change and Continuity in Peri-Urban Australia was a collaborative project between RMIT and Griffith Universities, funded by Land and Water Australia.
Dip Ed Monash
Honourary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia
Michael Buxton has contributed extensively to government policy and maintains strong industry and professional connections. He is former chairperson Premier’s Green Wedge Working Party which advised the Victorian government on the introduction of a legislated urban growth boundary and revised green wedge zones for Melbourne’s green belt; former member of the Melbourne 2030 Implementation Reference Group; and has been a member of many government committees.
- Buxton, M.,Hurley, J.,Phelan, K. (2015). Melbourne at 8 Million: Matching Land Supply to Dwelling Demand In: The Myer Foundation, RMIT University Research and Innovation, RMIT Global Cities Research Institute Melbourne, Australia
- Buxton, M.,Goodman, R. (2014). The impact of planning 'reform' on the Victorian land use planning system In: Australian Planner, 51, 132 - 140
- Low Choy, D.,Buxton, M. (2013). Farming the city fringe, dilemmas for Peri-urban planning In: Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects for the Future, Springer, New York, United States
- Buxton, M.,Groenhart, L. (2013). System and strategy: recent trends in governance and planning systems in Australia In: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW, 26 - 29 November, 2013
- Buxton, M. (2012). Water privatisation In: Environmental Policy Failure: The Australian Story, Tilde University Press, Prahan
- Buxton, M.,Groenhart, L. (2012). Housing supply: urban growth boundaries In: The International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Elsevier Science & Technology, Oxford
- Buxton, M.,Goodman, R.,March, A. (2012). Planning systems, urban form and housing In: Australia's Unintended Cities:The Impact of Housing on Urban Development, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne
- Buxton, M.,Groenhart, L. (2011). A resilience approach to peri-urban landscape management In: State of Australian Cities National Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 29 November - 2 December 2011
- Buxton, M.,Butt, A.,Farrell, S.,O'Neill, D. (2011). Scenario Planning for Melbourne's Peri-Urban Region In: Department of Sustainability and Environment Melbourne
- Buxton, M.,Mercer, D. (2011). Planning for disaster mitigation: Reconstruction following the 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Australia In: Managing Urban Disaster Recovery: Policy, Planning, Concepts and Cases, Crisis Response Press, Crowthorne, United Kingdom
- Planning reform, land release and the supply of housing - AHURI Project 30590. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects pre-2014 from (2009 to 2010)
- Victorian Our Water Our Future Postgraduate Scholarships: Enhancing social learning for sustainability in water management and conservation in Victoria. Funded by: Victorian Our Water Our Future Postgraduate Scholarships from (2006 to 2009)
- Change and Continuity in Peri Urban Australia: Scenarios and Strategies for Sustainability. Funded by: Land & Water Resources Research & Development Corp (now known as Land and Water Australia) from (2004 to 2008)
1 Masters by Research Completions1 PhD Current Supervisions