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Bachelor of Town Planning, Master of Social Science, Master of Engineering (Research), Registered Planner

Karen is an urban planner passionate about creative solutions to wicked problems* impacting urban development in Australia such as climate change, car-dependence, obesity and inequality.

She is particularly interested in the relationship between planning, transport, health and climate change, which extends to improving planning systems to ensure integrated approaches to complex urban development issues and how they can be better addressed through policy and infrastructure.

One of her career highlights was project managing Healthy Spaces and Places which won the Social and Community Based Planning and President’s Awards in PIA’s ACT Division Awards for Planning Excellence in 2010. Another is authoring the incorporation of active living principles into the ACT Government’s statutory planning document, the Territory Plan.

Karen has 20 years' experience working across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in urban planning, transport, policy, energy efficiency and development projects. She is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and in 2018 won a PIA award for Improving Planning Processes and Practices. Karen is also a member of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management.

* Social planning problems that cannot be successfully treated with traditional linear, analytical approaches.