Journal article

Is climate change in the curriculum? An analysis of Australian urban planning degrees

Anna Hurlimann, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Judy Bush, Alan March

Environmental Education Research | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


The profession of urban planning contributes to the design and spatial arrangement of cities, and has been recognized as a key potential facilitator of action on climate change. Yet, there has been limited research to understand if, or how, urban planning students are being educated for climate change competency. This paper investigates the coverage of climate change in the curriculum of professionally accredited urban planning university degrees in Australia. Climate change coverage was assessed across three fields: 1) explicit climate change issues; 2) sustainable urban form issues (e.g. contributing to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions), and 3) education for sustainabili..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge Lara Brown's research assistance in the analysis of the curriculum documents. Thanks to Steven Bland from UN-HABITAT Planners for Climate Action for broadening our awareness of research activities undertaken as part of this network. The research was funded by a Research Development Grant from the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.