peter newman

Science Director Program 4.3

Prof Peter Newman

Curtin University

Project Leader 4.55, Program Board 4.5

Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute
3 Pakenham St
Fremantle, Western Australia

+61 8 9266 9032

+61 407 935 133


Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University. In Perth, Peter is best known for his work in saving, reviving and extending the city’s rail system. Peter invented the term ‘automobile dependence’ to describe how we have created cities where we have to drive everywhere. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. He has three recent books: ‘Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation: Transport’ for the UN Environment Program, ‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’ and ‘Green Urbanism Down Under’ for Island Press. In late 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by PIA (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia. In early 2012 he co-authored a new paper showing how value capture can be used to fund new rail systems in Australian cities. In 2006-7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of WA’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Peter’s book with Jeff Kenworthy 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' was launched in the White House in 1999. He was a Councillor in the City of Fremantle from 1976-80 where he still lives.