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2010 Master of Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Theresa Fullerton hopes to help create a sustainable future
2010 Master of Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Theresa Fullerton hopes to help create a sustainable future

Quick Facts

Name: Theresa Fullerton
Program: Masters of Urban and Regional Planning
Graduated: mid-2010
Current Work:  Graduate Planner - Moreton Bay Regional Council

2010 Master of Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Theresa Fullerton hopes to help create a sustainable future.

“I have a strong interest in sustainable transportation, nature and recreation planning (especially the provision of inner city green spaces), urban agriculture, environment sensitive urban design, [and] sustainable communities.”

The University’s profile and the strength of the School of Geography, Planning, and Environmental Management were a key factor in her decision to study here.  

“I liked UQ because of its top class facilities, the attractiveness of the campus, its proximity to the inner city and of course for its offering of the Master Urban and Regional Planning Program.”

Theresa especially appreciated the broad scope of the program that gave her insight into a wide variety of planning-related topics, providing valuable skills for the future. She also found the degree flexible enough to allow her to pursue her own research interests.

Learning Outside of the Classroom

During her studies Theresa was able to participate in a number of programs to enhance her practical skills.

"I was provided with two very rewarding professional experiences during my time at UQ."

Theresa spent 5 weeks in Jundah, population 90, in the town’s Council helping to preserve historic developments, serving the self-drive tourism market, and planning housing for the small town’s future on the Queensland Young Planners Group Regional Planning Work Experience Program.

Theresa also participated in a month-long study tour to Tiajin, China as part of the Confucius Institute program.  This unique educational experience included Chinese language classes and an internship with the Tianjin School of Architecture.

“This was a great opportunity to work intimately with Chinese peers…. I feel fortunate to have forged strong friendships as a result of the internship.”

Theresa also received an amazing cultural experience, studying Chinese etiquette, geography, history, economy, traditional arts, and sightseeing.

The Complete Student Experience

While she was studying at UQ, Theresa enjoyed much of what was on offer, browsing the UQ Art Museum, attending concerts at the School of Music , and breaking a sweat at UQ Sport .  

 “My advice to students wanting to study at UQ would be to enjoy the experience. Make use of the range of facilities, services, events and opportunities that are available to you.” 

A Sustainable Way Forward

Theresa’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning stands her in good stead for the future. “In my career, I hope to continue participating in the debate regarding planning, sustainability, what liveable cities constitute, and what can be done in the design field to further achieve ecological sustainable development.”



Last updated: Sep 17, 2012