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.
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.
- Llausas, A.,Beilin, R.,Buxton, M.,Neave, M. (2016). Environmental objectives of local planning in peri-urban landscapes: neglected values, contested outcomes In: Conflict and Change in Australia's Peri-Urban Landscapes, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom
- Buxton, M.,Goodman, R.,Moloney, S. (2016). Planning Melbourne: Lessons for a Sustainable City, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia
- Llausas, A.,Buxton, M.,Beilin, R. (2016). Spatial planning and changing landscapes: a failure of policy in peri-urban Victoria, Australia In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59, 1304 - 1322
- Buxton, M.,Osman-Schlegel, N.,Lopes, D. (2016). Soil moisture change and land use in Victoria, Australia In: Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 23, 265 - 280
- Buxton, M.,Phelan, K.,Fish, B. (2016). Integrating regional settlement with rural land protection: scenarios for peri-urban planning for Melbourne In: Conflict and Change in Australia's Peri-Urban Landscapes, Ashgate, Farnham
- Buxton, M.,Carey, R.,Phelan, K. (2016). The role of peri-urban land use planning in resilient urban agriculture: a case study of Melbourne, Australia In: Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities, Springer, Switzerland
- 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.,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
- Buxton, M.,Hearsch, J.,Tesdorpf, P. (2015). Future Proofing Melbourne In: Rail Futures Incorporated Melbourne
- Buxton, M.,Phelan, K.,Fish, B. (2015). Alternative futures for Melbourne's peri-urban regions In: State of Australian Cities national conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast, Australia, 9-11 December 2015
- Land use planning issues and the EPA. Funded by: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Contract from (2015 to 2015)
- Planning reform, land release and the supply of housing - AHURI Project 30590. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants 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 and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation Grant Pre-2014 from (2004 to 2008)
1 Masters by Research Completions1 PhD Current Supervisions