PROF Alan March

PROF Alan March


  • Bushfire
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Planning governance, practice & planning systems
  • Planning theory
  • Risk, resilience and planning
  • Urban design
  • Urban planning professionalism



  • Dr Alan March is Professor in Urban Planning. He is Director of the Bachelor of Design degree that spans the Faculties of Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering and Victoria College of the Arts. He was previously Director of the Bachelor of Environments. Alan has twice won the Global Planning Education Network prize for Best International Planning Paper (2007, 2011). His teaching includes disaster risk reduction, urban design, planning law and planning theory subjects, and he was awarded a Faculty teaching prize in 2007. Alan has successfully supervised over 60 student theses encompassing a range of urban design and planning research topics. He has successfully supervised eight PhD theses to completion. Alan was an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and has been the Leader of the research theme Risk Resilience and Transformation & and of Cities and Towns.

    Alan has an undergraduate degree in urban and regional planning from Curtin University, where his mentors included Professor Jean Hillier and Professor David Hedgcock. Alan received a scholarship for his Masters and studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK under the supervision of Professor Patsy Healey. After returning to practice in Australia he undertook a PhD at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Low. Alan was awarded the Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria) Cutting Edge Teaching and Learning prize in 2013 and was named Planner of the Year in 2016. In 2017 he received a National Planning Institute of Australia Commendation for Planner of the Year.

    Alan has practised since 1991 in a broad range of private sector and government settings and has had roles in statutory and strategic planning, advocacy, and urban design. He has worked in Western Australia, the UK, New South Wales and Victoria. Alan's early career included projects as diverse as foreshore protection plans, rural to urban s   


Member of

  • Planning Institute of Australia. Certified Practising Planner 1996 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2004
  • MTP, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 1996
  • BA dist, Curtin University of Technology 1994

Awards and honors

  • Planning Institute of Australia (National) Commendation, Planner of the Year, 2017
  • Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria) Planner of the Year, 2016
  • Planning Institute of Australia, Cutting Edge Research, 2014
  • Tertiary Bushfire Course Melbourne University $100,000 in first round, Building Commission & DPCD, 2011
  • Climate Change Adaptation: Suitability Indices of Human Settlement Fire Vulnerability $192,000, Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme, 2011
  • Urban Design Principles for Reducing Bushfire Risk $40,000, Collaborative Research Fund with Country Fire Authority, 2010
  • Benefits of the Wildfire Management Overlay $15,000, Country Fire Authority, 2010
  • Institutional Resilience in Bushfire Prone Areas: Learning from Experience $50,000, Interdisciplinary Fund, 2010
  • Professional Teaching and Learning $40,000, Provost Grant, 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement


    Dr Crystal Legacy. Examining the knowledge interface : metropolitan plan-making and deliberative engagement
    Dr Echo Wang. Eco-services for Urban Sustainability in the Yangtze River Delta of China: Strategies for Physical Form and Planning
    Dr Leonardo Nogueira de Moraes. Sustainability of Island Tourism and World Heritage Listing
    Dr Matthew Ford. Urban regimes, spatial housing policy and residential development in Melbourne
    Dr Dan Li. Towards a ‘Volumetric City’, the Future of the Past A study of three‚Äźdimensional city schemes in the 1960s Europe and Japan
    Dr Jorge Leon. An Urban Form Response to Disaster Vulnerability: improving tsunami evacuation in two Chilean Cities
    Dr Michael Easson. Mega Projects and the Point of Unstoppable Commitment
    Dr Maria Kornakova. Improving the Integration of Urban Planning with Disaster Risk Reduction

    Current PhD Students:
    Maria Constanza Gonzalez Mathiesen: Physical Resilience to Bushfires, Technical, Procedural and Physical challenges in Chile
    Rebecca Clements: Sustainability Policies: Japanese Vicinity Parking
    Marsita Omar. Bringing Planning to Community: Paving way to realise sustainable development objectives in land use planning policy
    Raul Alberto Marino Zamudio. Assessing the impacts of urban form on the energy consumption and GHG emissions in Metropolitan Melbourne
    Siah-Chuan Lim. Analysis of Melbourne’s Alleged Housing Deficit: Causes and Remedies