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Stephanie Wyeth has pioneered social sustainability and community diversity in urban and regional planning policy and practice.
Stephanie Wyeth has pioneered social sustainability and community diversity in urban and regional planning policy and practice.

Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning alumnus, Stephanie Wyeth, was a nominee at UQ’s recent Vice-Chancellor's Diversity Awards night. 

Behind Stephanie’s nomination is her work ensuring social issues are considered in the planning and development process which has resulted in improved access to facilities and services for local communities, richer and more inclusive community engagement opportunities, improved understanding of the particular needs and aspirations of people and groups from a variety of backgrounds, age ranges and socio-economic conditions, and a shared understandings of place and heritage.
 
“I am very keen to assist in raising the profile of social planning issues,” Ms Wyeth said.
 
Although Stephanie missed out on the award (which went to Olympic Gold Medallist and UQ graduate Dr Johann Koss) she was delighted to have been considered a contender.
 
StephanieSince graduating Stephanie Wyeth has pioneered social sustainability and community diversity in urban and regional planning policy and practice.
 
“Social planning is often an afterthought in the planning process,” said Lecture in town planning Laurel Johnson.
 
“Stephanie’s work has helped highlight the importance of social planning in creating more cohesive and inclusive environments for people from a diverse range of backgrounds”.
 
In 2010 Stephanie led the Child and Youth Friendly Redlands Policy project which integrates children and young people’s needs and aspirations into the planning and design process; resulting in a guide for creating child and youth friendly spaces in the Redlands also being developed for planners, urban designers and developers.
 
Her most recent undertaking for the Queensland Government provides a technical framework to guide government and developers and assist them to prioritise investment in social infrastructure at the planning stages of new developments to avoid future social issues and build strong and inclusive communities.  
 
"The value of addressing social and community issues as part of planning, design and development is increasingly recognised by the private sector, state and local governments in Queensland.  The University of Queensland's focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to learning and innovation, can only further support this." Stephanie said.
 
Currently Stephanie is often engaged to present her work to development industry, governments, councils and at universities around Australia.
 
Stephanie's can be contacted through Linked in at http://au.linkedin.com/pub/stephanie-wyeth/20/425/7aa

Last updated: Sep 17, 2012