MUP Capstone

Information for students in the final 100 points of the Master of Urban Planning

MUP Capstone

Students are offered two main pathways through which they can fulfill the Master of Urban Planning Capstone requirement:

ABPL90384 MUP Studio provides an opportunity to those students who would like to sharpen the skills necessary to work in a team addressing 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 each focus on different studio themes.  MUP Studio is a semseter-long 25-point subject. Please note that MUP Studio is a quota subject and places are limited.  Details are published on the subject's Handbook page. MUP Studio offerings are listed below.

ABPL90396/7 MSD Minor Thesis offers students the opportunity to explore a research topic of their choosing under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The subject involves two consecutive semester-long 12.5 point subjects (totaling 25 points.)  In the initial semester students will concentrate on the preliminary stages of research, with the following semester more focused on the development and refinement of their chosen project. MSD Minor Thesis supervisors are listed below.

Selecting a MUP Capstone - Semester 1, 2019

To apply to take ABPL90384 MUP Studio in Semester 1, 2019, enrol via the Student Portal before 11 February, 2019.
After 11 February, 2019, quota selection will take place in accordance with the selection criteria published on the subject's Handbook page.
If your application is successful your enrollment will be confirmed.  You will then be asked to nominate your preferences via ballot and you will be allocated into a studio.
If your application is not successful, you may choose to enrol in ABPL90396 MSD Minor Thesis this semester, or to apply to take ABPL90284 MUP Studio in a future semester.

To take ABPL90396 MSD Minor Thesis Part 1 in Semester 1, 2019, enrol via the Student Portal before 15 February, 2018.
After 15 February, 2018, you will be asked to nominate your area of study, and you will be allocated a supervisor.
After completing ABPL90396 MSD Minor Thesis Part 1 this semester, you will take ABPL90397 MSD Minor Thesis Part 2 in Semester 2, 2019.

MUP Studio Options - Semester 1, 2019

The following studios will be offered in Semester 1, 2019.

MSD Minor Thesis Supervision

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.

Below is a list of urban planning staff showing their availability to supervise and their supervision interests. After enroling in ABPL90396 MSD Minor Thesis, you will be asked to nominate your area of study, and you will be allocated one of these staff members as a supervisor.

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

Supervisor Topics of Interest and Expertise
Prof Michele Acuto
  • Diplomacy (international politics)
  • Global cities
  • Urban development (United Nations)
Dr Andrea CookDr Andrea Cook
  • Social / Community planning
  • Social / Spatial justice
  • Right to the City
  • Contested spaces
  • Citizen engagement

Not available Semester 1, 2019.

Dr Kathryn DavidsonDr Kathryn Davidson
  • Resilient cities
  • Climate change politics
  • Urban governance
  • Planning sustainability
  • Strategic planning
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
Prof Sun Sheng HanProf Sun Sheng Han
  • Institutional and economic restructuring in the Pacific-Asia region
  • Theories of the spatial organisation of urban activities

Not available Semester 1, 2019.

Dr Anna HurlimannDr Anna Hurlimann
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Planning sustainability
  • Sustainable water resource management
  • Water alternatives
Dr Ihnji Jon
  • Disaster planning
  • Ecopolitics
  • Local initiatives for tackling global environmental change
  • Planning in the Anthropocene
  • Posthumaniam
  • Resilience
Dr Hyungmin KimDr Hyungmin Kim
  • Asia-Pacific cities
  • Economic development
  • Economic forms and spatial analysis
  • Globalising city-regions
  • Liveability and walkability

Not available Semester 1, 2019.

Crystal LegacyDr Crystal Legacy
  • Strategic planning
  • Urban governance
  • Planning conflict
  • Participatory planning
  • Transport planning and politics
A/Prof Alan MarchA/Prof Alan March
  • Bushfire management
  • Risk, resilience and planning
  • Post event evaluation
  • Urban governance
  • Statutory systems

Not available Semester 1, 2019.

Dr Iderlina Mateo-Babiano
  • Transport geography and planning
  • Active transport
  • Bicycle sharing
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Gender and transport
  • Transport leadership
  • Urban design
Dr David NicholsDr David Nichols
  • Heritage and Planning
  • Suburbs

Not available Semester 1, 2019.

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 Semester 1, 2019.

Prof Nicholas Phelps
  • Economic geography
  • Development
  • Urban geography and planning
  • Multinational enterprises
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Urban economic agglomeration
  • Suburbs
  • History of urban planning
  • Comparative urban planning
Dr John StoneDr John Stone
  • Public transport international comparative analysis
  • Public transport planning and politics (public transport)
Prof Carolyn WhitzmanProf Carolyn Whitzman
  • Affordable housing
  • Planning for community infrastructure
  • Child-friendly cities
  • Inclusive public space (incl. women's safety and universal access)

Not available Semester 1, 2019.

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