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Joining James Cook University as a Lecturer in Urban Design

I am very proud to share some recent good news: On 30 January 2017 I will join James Cook University as a Lecturer in Urban Design. James Cook is Australia’s leading tropical research university, with campuses in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore.

I will join the College of Science and Engineering which is part of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, and I will be based in Cairns. My research at JCU will be largely focused upon cities in tropical climates, including their design, sustainable development, infrastructure and so forth, topics that feel like a return to ‘home’, as they bring me very close to my origins in my native country of Brazil.

In the meantime, I am working at Lincoln University until mid-December where I have classes and research to complete before departing. In the past years while tutoring, lecturing, and undertaking a PhD at Lincoln my career has matured and I gained a lot of experience teaching brilliant students and collaborating with amazing colleagues, both in teaching and research. I have no words to thank the School of Landscape Architecture for providing me with so many opportunities and for always believing in my potential as a scholar. I am very proud to have been part of its team. I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the great students who shared their innovative ideas with me during all these years, and who have challenged me to be a better teacher. Their commitment and hard work make me extremely proud of the professionals they have become or are becoming. I will always carry your eureka moments, your accomplishment happiness, and your grit with me. You are, after all, part of what I have become as a professional.

I hope to keep close contact with all colleagues and friends I’ve made at Lincoln University, particularly in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design. I hope we can keep in contact and collaborate in the near future.

So, all explained now. This is the reason why things have been quiet in this space for a little while. Soon blog posts will be written from the tropics, and I will blog about my experiences there as a researcher and as a lecturer. I also intend to share my experiences throughout the selection process, including seminars, interviews, and my preparation for all these stages.

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