Dr Brendan Barrett

RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research is pleased to invite you to Dr Brendan Barrett’s seminar: Exploring the Local Energy Transition – Can We Power Down?

Seminar Brief

If we accept that we need to transform society in order to greatly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in a relatively short period of time, what does that mean for how we plan and manage our cities? If we also recognize that we cannot necessarily guarantee the long-term availability of cheap energy to power our cities and run our transportation systems, then what should we, as urban planners, do differently, right now?  Full seminar abstract and bio here.

More About Brendan

Brendan F.D. Barrett (a UK national) is an urban/environmental planner by training and spent the last twenty-years working with the United Nations in Japan, first with UNEP and then with the United Nations University (think tank for the UN system). He moved to Melbourne to take up a position at RMIT in April this year and is currently the research coordinator for the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, based in the Global Cities Research Institute.


RMIT City Campus, Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building), level 11, room 10


Tuesday 18 August, 12.30pm – 1:30pm