Researcher

Mr Mike Samuel Harris

Biography

Mike is a researcher, teacher and practitioner with experience in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and the Middle East covering a wide range of project types and scales including precinct planning, public domain design, infrastructure and active transport. This breadth of experience combined with a passion for diversity in cities has given Mike a strong interest in the tensions between ‘big picture’ city planning and the lived urban...view more

Mike is a researcher, teacher and practitioner with experience in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and the Middle East covering a wide range of project types and scales including precinct planning, public domain design, infrastructure and active transport. This breadth of experience combined with a passion for diversity in cities has given Mike a strong interest in the tensions between ‘big picture’ city planning and the lived urban experience. Mike has been recognised with design and research awards as well as speaking invitations and advisory roles.

Mike is currently engaged in two primary areas of research:

One is mixed-use megaprojects - investigating how the aims of large-scale, internationally positioned ‘competitive city’ projects are reconciled with the delivery of strategic infrastructure, liveability goals and social equity.

The other is active travel - investigating network planning and street design with the overarching aim of delivering more social, accessible, equitable and healthy cities. This work builds on 10 years of consultant work in which Mike’s international research has been tested in local and state government projects.


My Awards

2014 - Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Postgraduate Scholarship

2014 - Urban and Regional Planning Research Scholarship “Awarded every alternate year to a commencing Doctor of Philosophy student of exceptional research promise, with a focus on city form and urban infrastructure.” 

2014 - Lindsay Robertson Memorial Award  “Awarded every alternate year to encourage a UNSW graduate in Landscape Architecture to undertake postgraduate study or research in Australia or overseas.”

2013 - Marjory and Lloyd Rees Prize for Urban Design

2009 - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Future Leaders Awards (NSW Chapter)

2007 - Hassell Travelling Scholarship “Awarded by HASSELL panel of directors for best graduating Landscape Architecture design project in Australia.”

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