Associate Professor Andrew Butt

Andrew is a lecturer with over 20 years practical experience in planning.

Andrew’s research includes investigations of the processes and practice of planning in non-metropolitan settings. He is particularly interested in the way in which land use planners operate as professionals in a context where drivers of change often sit outside of the limits of planning action.

He is presently developing a collaborative project developing scenario modelling for future population and land use change, impacts and policy options in central Victoria, Australia.  These include a focus on the politics of planning for intensive agricultural systems. He is also involved in research on planning for agricultural systems, particularly intensive agriculture.

Andrew’s research interests are: Land use planning and regional development, planning in peri-urban and rural areas, planning education in cross-cultural settings, and planning and socio-economic change in small cities and towns.

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Projects

Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Roles and Responsibilities under Victorian legislation: Guidance for local government decision-makers

2019–2020

The purpose of the project was to inform local governments on their legal roles and responsibilities under Victorian legislation for climate change adaptation.

Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters: Honiara

2019 (ongoing)

The overarching aim of this project is to enhance the resilience of the city and its inhabitants to current and future climate impacts and natural disasters.

News & Blog

News

State budget bounce-back: experts on where funding should go

13 May 2021

After undergoing the harshest lockdowns in the country, how should Victoria spend its budget to bounce back? RMIT academics share their expert view on where best to splash the cash for the state’s COVID-19 recovery.

News

Road to recovery: experts on where Federal Budget funding should go

05 May 2021

Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 has been better than predicted, so what can we expect from this year’s Federal Budget? RMIT academics share their expert view on where the cash can be splashed for the greatest benefit.

News

Reform how our cities are governed to manage urgent urban challenges: report

17 March 2021

Local government collaboration with metropolitan governance in Australian cities must reform to better address urgent urban issues such as climate change action, population growth and urban sprawl, finds new AHURI research.

News

Three key takeaways ahead of the Victorian budget

19 November 2020

As Victoria turns the corner, economic, social housing and urban planning experts point to three key shifts in the upcoming Victorian Budget.

News

How can urban and environmental planning shape a post-pandemic future?

04 October 2020

The adversities of COVID-19 have no doubt changed the way we think about our environments. Here, our teachers discuss the role urban, regional and environmental planning has in shaping a post-pandemic future.

News

Urban fringe critical to future food supply

05 May 2020

The COVID-19 crisis reinforces the vital need for cities to protect food-producing rural areas on the urban fringe to retain options and avoid the risk of future shortages, RMIT urban experts warn.

News

Earth Day 50th anniversary turns up heat on climate crisis

22 April 2020

With global carbon emissions set to fall in the short-term due to coronavirus lockdowns, our experts look to long-term action needed to tackle climate change on Earth Day 2020.

Media

Response, recovery and resilience: experts react to the bushfire crisis

14 January 2020

Our experts respond to Australia's bushfires with perspectives on topics ranging from policy and planning, to community resilience, the mental health of first responders and the psychology of loss.

News

Smart city tech keeps Bendigo residents cool by mapping hot spots

11 December 2019

A new smart technology platform launched today in Bendigo will help residents keep cool this summer by mapping the location of urban hot spots in the city to avoid on hot days.

Blog

We’re still fighting city freeways after half a century

11 December 2019

Like the modernist plans of its time, the 1969 Melbourne Metropolitan Transportation Plan was bold in ambition. Major motorways have been built across the city as a result of the plan.

News

Seven ways climate change affects key Federal Election issues

06 May 2019

Climate action is rated as a top priority among voters in the lead up to this year’s Federal Election. How does it affect other key campaign issues?

Publications