The Comfort Pursuit

Month in review: April 2018 (with a hint of February and March 2018)

Photo by John Baker on Unsplash

I am falling behind with my ‘month in review posts’. Truth is I’ve drafted February, never wrapped it up. Drafted March and combined with February, and never wrapped it up again. Double fail! It is sad, because not publishing these posts means I stop writing my achievements, and end up getting get demotivated. So consequence of not tracking? Not writing! Read more…

Urban Thinkers Campus – Cairns and Townsville, Australia

James Cook University‘s College of Science and Engineering and College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, through myself and David Sellars, with the full support of Nikki Huddy from Planz, have been organising an Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) framed around the topic of urban planning and design and public health. The UTC entitled ‘Urban Health and Livability in Tropical Australia through urban diaries and community engagement’ will take place on the 8th June in Cairns and 15th June in Townsville, and they are both day-long events (see preliminary schedule here). Read more…

On PhD outcomes

But if I had to name the very best outcome of the PhD (besides being greeted with ‘Welcome back, Dr Mewburn’ while boarding aeroplanes) is that I am not afraid to appear stupid. When I discover my ignorance, I know how to fix it. I’ll just research the shit out of it. People should fear my mad skills of research.

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Guest editorial for Landscape Review

I have previously shared here a recent publication entitled Urban Comfort in a Future Compact City: Analysis of Open space Qualities in the Rebuilt Christchurch Central City. That paper was published in an special issue which collected papers from the SoLA Symposium, which happened in October 2016 at Lincoln University.

As I was in the editorial board, I have also contributed to a guest editorial piece entitled Integrated Urban Grey and Green Infrastructures, co-authored with Dr Andreas Wesener,  Dr Wendy McWilliam, and Professor Janis Birkeland (this piece is available here) Read more…