Dr Alan March is Professor of Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Melbourne School of Design. He is currently Project Lead of “Integrating Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction” funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Co-operative Research Centre.
Alan’s publications and research include examination of the practical governance mechanisms of planning and urban design, in particular the ways that planning systems can successfully manage change and transition in dynamic circumstances. He is particularly interested in the ways that planning and design can modify disaster risks, and researches urban design principles for bushfire. His current work also considers the ways that urban planning is seeking to establish new ways to spatialise urban management.
Alan plays a key role in a number of initiatives relating to resilience , Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban planning. Recently he was invited lead topic speaker on Urban Planning and Disaster Risk at the national 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. He was lead author on the national AIDR document Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities (2020), and has published numerous articles and books in this field.
Alan has practised since 1991 in a broad range of private sector and government settings and has had roles in statutory and strategic planning, advocacy, and urban design. He was previously the Director of the Bachelor of Design, and Director of the Bachelor of Environments.