If you take a look around our city, it’s no surprise why Melbourne is a magnet for people. But does size matter? Can our city still be liveable at 8 million?

Join the RMIT Centre for Urban Research for a critical and jovial debate to honour one of Australia’s foremost transport advocates and planning scholars, Dr Paul Mees OAM, and his contribution to local and international urban transport and planning.Chaired by comedy legend and Research Associate at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Rod Quantock OAM, our panel of planning industry professionals, politicians and academics will debate the topic: Does size matter? Will we be liveable at 8 million?’

Speakers include:

  • Laura Murray, PIA VIC President and Associate Director at Ethos Urban
  • Marion Terrill, Transport Program Director at Grattan Institute
  • Danny O’Brien MP, Member for Gippsland South and Chair of the Liberal-Nationals Population Policy Taskforce
  • Dr Crystal Legacy, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Sarah Bekessy, Professor at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University
  • Dr Ian Woodcock, Lecturer at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University

Associate Professor Paul Mees OAM, 1961 – 2013

This debate honours and celebrates the work and life of Associate Professor Paul Mees OAM. Paul was one of Australia’s leading experts on urban public transport. In 2014, Dr Mees was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to public transport and urban planning as an academic and advocate for sustainable cities.His work has been internationally influential, providing, for example, the basis for the European Union’s 2005 HiTransproject on improving public transport in medium-sized cities and towns.Paul taught at RMIT University from 2008, and was a valued member of staff, always willing to share his time and expertise with students, colleagues and the broader community.


Swanston Academic Building, RMIT University, Building 80, Level 2, Lecture Theatre 7, Melbourne, Victoria 3000


23 November 2017