Urban planners increasingly don’t have rights or are disenabled to plan despite the perception or expectation they are able to plan for our growing population. Whilst in the backdrop, Australia faces a severe housing, quality, transportation, and ecological crisis.
All these crises are linked to the profession of planning. Roland is therefore very interested in the idea of a planner and the culture around planning.
Current research is exploring the transition of young planners in Victoria from Higher Education into the planning system and analysis of public land sales in Victoria to show the missing opportunity of public housing.
Roland’s research interests are land-use planning, planning practices, and education, application of housing around ecological footprint, density, public housing, and quality housing stock.
He is the co-founder of Planners Declare calling for the planning profession to lead the charge to a carbon-free society and a member of PIA.