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Bachelor of Planning and Design, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Doctor of Philosophy

Stephen is passionate about improving the planning system's capacity to achieve sustainable and equitable outcomes.

Stephen has more than two decades of experience as a planner, working across the public and private sectors. His expertise spans regulatory design, statutory planning, built-form controls, policy implementation, and more. He is a recognised expert in the Victorian planning system, having written the standard text The Victorian Planning System: Practice, Problems and Prospects, the second edition of which was published in June 2023.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, where he has also served as Vice President of the Victorian Division. In addition, he is a Planning Editor for the Victorian Planning Reports, and an experienced planning educator, having taught at RMIT and Monash Universities.

Across his work as a planner, advocate, writer and educator, Stephen is driven by the desire for planning policy that leads to better decision-making and on-the-ground outcomes for communities.

Outside of work, Stephen is a film buff. His first book, Movie Towns and Sitcom Suburbs: Building Hollywood's Ideal Communities, analyses how the depictions of cities in film and television inform urban planning practice.