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Continuing Education for Climate Change: A Study of Australian Urban Planners’ Current Practices and Developing Competence

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posted on 2023-05-25, 00:28 authored by Anna Hurlimann, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Judy Bush, Eric GaisieEric Gaisie
Despite the critical need for urban planners to address climate change, there is a limited understanding of planning professionals’ perceptions of their climate change competency. This paper reports results from a survey of Australian urban planning professionals, identifying their perceived climate change knowledge, skills, competencies, and everyday practice. The urban planning professionals surveyed had high levels of perceived climate change knowledge, but only a small number incorporate climate change impacts into their professional work. They had limited access to information and tools needed for climate change planning in their practice. Areas for further competency development through continuing education are identified.


The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was funded by a Researcher Development Grant from the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.


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