MUP Capstone

Information for students undertaking either MUP Studio or MSD Minor Thesis.

Students can choose between one of two options to fulfil the Master of Urban Planning capstone requirement.

The MUP Studio provides an opportunity to those who would like to acquire and sharpen the skills to lead and/or work in a team to address practical planning problems. MUP Studio offerings are all designed according to the MUP Studio handbook description, but will each be led by different studio leaders and will focus on different studio themes structured around a Semester long 25-point subject.

Please note that MUP Studio is a quota subject and places are limited. Please see for more information.

The MSD Minor Thesis subject offers students the opportunity to explore a research topic of their choosing under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The subject involves 2 consecutive semesters totalling 25 points, the initial semester concentrates on the preliminary stages of research, with the following semester more focused on the development and refining of that project.

MUP Capstone Ballot Process for 2018 - Semester 1

Students' MUP Studio and Minor Thesis preferences will be collected through a ballot survey. Students will be asked to complete the ballot survey using the link to be provided below.

Ballot opens: 30 January 2018
Ballot closes: 15 February 2018

Ballot Survey

MUP Studio Offerings for 2018 - Semester 1

Details on the individual offerings can be viewed below. The following studios have been scheduled to run in Semester 1.

Studio AV
Studio AV: Automatic Vehicles
Studio H
Studio H: Housing

MUP Studio Offerings for 2018 - Summer

The following studio has been scheduled to run over the summer as a quota subject.  Details can be found below.  Enrol by December 8, 2017 to apply. Selection (of up to 8 MUP students) will be based on total credit points and on academic merit.

Studio P01
Studio P01: Placemaking

MSD Minor Thesis Supervision for 2018

Your supervisor will be your academic mentor: the person who guides your research and academic development throughout the year. Your supervisor will give feedback about your work and provide support and encouragement, so it is important for you to select someone with whom you are able to communicate clearly and honestly.

In identifying and approaching potential supervisors, consider whether your interest for a research topic match the supervisor's expertise and interests. You may wish to discuss with a potential supervisor in your chosen field any core topics or key elements that the supervisor may wish to pursue in this regard.

If your academic supervisor is from outside the Melbourne School of Design, you will need to discuss their appointment with the subject coordinator in order to obtain necessary approvals.

Below is a list of urban planning staff showing their availability to supervise and their supervision interests. You need to complete the ballot process in order to be considered for supervision by one of these staff members.

In addition, other academic staff within the Melbourne School of Design may also be available to undertake supervision on a one-on-one basis.

Urban Planning Thesis Supervisors

Below is a list of possible Thesis supervisors, please take note of each supervisors availability within the semester you wish to undertake the subject.

Supervisor Topics of Interest and Expertise Availability
Dr Andrea CookDr Andrea Cook
  • Social / Community planning
  • Social / Spatial justice
  • Right to the City
  • Contested spaces
  • Citizen engagement
Not Available
Dr Kathryn DavidsonDr Kathryn Davidson
  • Resilient cities
  • Climate change politics
  • Urban governance
  • Planning sustainability
  • Strategic planning
Available Semester 1, 2018
Dr Jennie DayDr Jennie Day
  • Chinese Cities
  • Effects of resettlement at the urban periphery for Shanghai households
  • Outcomes of rebuilding urban villages
  • The consequences of and alternatives to urban expansion
  • Transport capacity-building
  • Vulnerable populations
Available Semester 1, 2018
Prof Sun Sheng HanProf Sun Sheng Han
  • Institutional and economic restructuring in the Pacific-Asia region
  • Theories of the spatial organisation of urban activities
Available Semester 1, 2018
Dr Anna HurlimannDr Anna Hurlimann
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Planning sustainability
  • Sustainable water resource management
  • Water alternatives
Available Semester 1, 2018
Dr Hyungmin KimDr Hyungmin Kim
  • Asia-Pacific cities
  • Economic development
  • Economic forms and spatial analysis
  • Globalising city-regions
  • Liveability and walkability
Available Semester 1, 2018
Crystal LegacyDr Crystal Legacy
  • Strategic planning
  • Urban governance
  • Planning conflict
  • Participatory planning
  • Transport planning and politics
Available Semester 1, 2018
A/Prof Alan MarchA/Prof Alan March
  • Bushfire management
  • Risk, resilience and planning
  • Post event evaluation
  • Urban governance
  • Statutory systems
Available Semester 1, 2018
Dr David NicholsDr David Nichols
  • Heritage and Planning
  • Suburbs
Available Semester 1, 2018
Dr Elek PafkaDr Elek Pafka
  • Streetlife and public space design
  • Urban form and planning codes
  • Walkability and the urban DMA (Density-Mix-Access)
Not Available
Matthew PalmDr Matthew Palm
  • Affordable housing
  • Cycling
  • Housing and Transport
  • Spatial analysis methods
Available Semester 1, 2018
Dr John StoneDr John Stone
  • Public transport international comparative analysis
  • Public transport planning and politics (public transport)
Not Available
Prof Carolyn WhitzmanProf Carolyn Whitzman
  • Affordable housing
  • Planning for community infrastructure
  • Child-friendly cities
  • Inclusive public space (incl. women's safety and universal access)

Available Semester 1, 2018
Not Available Semester 2, 2018

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