Dr Joe Hurley is a Senior Lecturer with the Sustainability and Urban Planning program in RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and is a member of the Centre for Urban Research.
Joe's research focuses on the policy dimensions of cities, examining issues of efficiency, equity and sustainability. Recent research topics include planning systems performance, historical urban analysis, urban sustainability performance assessment and research-practice exchange.
In 2013, he received the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies Early Career Research Excellence Award.
- Planning Systems
- Strategic Urban Planning
- Planning Research-Practice Exchange
- Urban History
- Housing Supply and Affordability
- Sustainable Cities
- Sustainability Performance Assessment
Grants and awards
- Department of Environment (2015-2021), Clean Air and Urban Landscapes research hub, $8.88 million, Chief Investigator with Rayner, Parris, Hobbs, Bekessey, Griffith, Murphy, Giles-Corti, Maller, Dodson, Bull, Fletcher and Sinnott.
- Global Cities Research Institute (2015), “Evaluating the role of coworking in the Australian knowledge economy”, $15,000, internal RMIT University funding, with Butcher, Potts, and Dodson.
- Global Cities Research Institute (2014), “How are current trends in housing development in Melbourne matched to housing supply and emerging housing needs?”, $15,000, internal RMIT University funding, with Buxton, Chhetri, Bekessey, Garrard and Phelan.
- School of Global, Urban and Social Studies Research and Grant writing Award (2014), “Examine the ‘buy-in’ costs of citizen engagement in development assessment”, $2,996, internal RMIT University funding.
- Deans Award – Early Career Research Excellence (2013), School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
- Henry Halloran Trust (2013), “Facilitating professional engagement with planning research”, $21,814, Chief Investigator with Taylor.
- School of Global, Urban and Social Studies Research and Grant writing Award (2013), “The Shaping of Modern Cities: Long Term Changes in the Urban Environment”, $3,000, internal RMIT University funding.
- Darebin City Council (2012), “Peer review of Darebin City Council affordable housing strategy documents”, $12,600, Chief Investigator with Goodman.
- School of Global, Urban and Social Studies Research and Grant writing Award (2012), “Examining the role of elected officials in development assessment”, $2,980, internal RMIT University funding.
- Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Grant (2011), “Understanding the patterns, characteristics and trends in the housing sector labour force in Australia”, $121,928, Research Associate (Chief Investigators: Dalton, Horne and Wakefield).
- Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Grant (2011), “Resident third party objections and appeals against planning applications: implications for medium density and social housing”, $93,389, Chief Investigator with Cook, Taylor and Colic-Pesker.
- Australian Postgraduate Award Industry grant (2005-2010), “Evaluating the sustainability performance of residential estate development”, $93,000.
- Shuey, R., (2014), “Benchmarking international road policing in low to middle-income countries”, PhD.
- Alexander, M., (2014), “Can social innovation enable the emergence of a more sustainable society? A case study on community owned renewable energy”, Honours (1st class).
- McRae, B., (2012), “Straight Outta Melbourne: A study of the development assessment process in a growing city”, Honours (1st class).
- Jordan, S., (2012), “Cohousing: A Sustainable and Affordable Housing Alternative?”, Honours (1st class).
- Morgan, L., (2010), “Festival Greening: Motivations and Manifestations”, Honours (1st class).
- Colman, S., PhD, commenced February 2014.
- Rickards, P., “Sustainable tourism in Victoria: industry perceptions, needs and behaviours benchmarked against international best-practice”, Masters by Research, commenced July 2013.
- Putra, B., “Community Participation in Shaping Green Environments for Low Income Settlements”, PhD, commenced July 2012.
Joe is the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours), and the Deputy Leader of the Urban Systems theme of the federally funded Clean Air and Urban Landscapes research hub.
He currently teaches HUSO2165 Urban Planning Research and research thesis courses ARCH1403 Planning Thesis 1/ARCH1404 Planning Thesis 2.
- Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University, 2011. Thesis title: “Sustainability and Master Planned Estates: from principles to practice”
- Grad Cert Tertiary Teaching and Learning, RMIT University, 2010
- B Eng (Civil) (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1999
Collaboration and professional links
- City West Water Community Liaison Committee Member
- Urban Policy Advisor, Institute for Sensible Transport
- Collaborative research and teaching with government and industry partners including: EPA Victoria; Melbourne City Council; City West Water; the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning; Commonwealth Department of Environment.
- Collaborative research with scholars at the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia; the University of Wollongong, Swinburne University, and Reading University (UK).
- Taylor, E.,Hurley, J. (2016). "Not a lot of people read the stuff": Australian urban research in planning practice In: Urban Policy and Research, 34, 116 - 131
- Hurley, J.,Taylor, E. (2016). Australian early career planning researchers and the barriers to research-practice exchange In: Australian Planner, 53, 5 - 14
- Taylor, E.,Cook, N.,Hurley, J. (2016). Do objections count? Estimating the influence of residents on housing development assessment in Melbourne In: Urban Policy and Research, 34, 269 - 283
- Hurley, J.,Wood, G.,Groenhart, L. (2016). Long run urban analysis using property records: A methodological case study of land use change In: Urban Studies, , 1 - 16
- Hurley, J.,Lamker, C.,Taylor, E. (2016). Exchange between researchers and practitioners in urban planning: achievable objective or a bridge too far? In: Planning Theory and Practice, 17, 447 - 453
- 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
- Rowley, S.,Hurley, J. (2015). Impact of monetary costs on citizen appeals of planning decisions In: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2015, Gold Coast, Australia, 9-11 December 2015
- Buxton, M.,Phelan, K.,Hurley, J. (2015). Strategic land use capacity in Melbourne In: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2015, Gold Coast, Queensland, 9-11 December 2015
- Cook, N.,Taylor, E.,Hurley, J. (2014). Competing processes of border-making: compact city planning and residents' everyday territorialisation of home In: Planning Across Borders in a Climate of Change, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK
- Groenhart, L.,Wood, G.,Hurley, J. (2013). Shaping modern cities: Structural continuity and change in Carlton, Melbourne 1870-1970 In: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2013, Sydney, Australia, 26 - 29 November, 2013
- Implementing Sustainability in the Built Environment. Funded by: Australian Communities Foundation Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Improved Urban Systems for Liveability (Administrated by University of Melbourne).. Funded by: National Environmental Science Programme Grant 2015 from (2014 to 2021)
- Top Up Scholarship - Simon Colman (AHURI). Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants 2014 from (2014 to 2017)
- Resident third party objections and appeals against planning application: implications for medium density and social housing. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants pre-2014 from (2011 to 2012)
1 PhD Completions2 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions