Hugh Stanford

Hugh is a PhD student within the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Group (ICON Science).

Hugh’s research focuses on urban planning and how cities can be better designed to improve urban biodiversity and open space outcomes in the face of urban development and inner-city densification. He is currently investigating how informal and neglected urban spaces can play a role in improving urban biodiversity outcomes and how urban governance can facilitate this in practice.

While undertaking his PhD, Hugh works as a Senior Strategic Planner at the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and is involved in planning for Melbourne’s outer metropolitan areas.

Hugh is interested in how big-data and spatial data can be used in planning for urban environmental and sustainability outcomes.