Associate Professor Ann Peterson

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 53752


Dr Ann Peterson’s research interests are in: Coastal planning, management and governance, Integrated buffer planning, Regional planning (nature conservation and open space), Planning policy and governance and Integrated landscape planning.

She received her PhD from the University of Queensland in 2002. Her current research projects are in the fields of:

Coastal planning and managementNatural resource management and planningIntegrated Buffer PlanningRegional planning

Research Interests

  • Coastal planning and management
    Investigation has centred on a comparative analysis of coastal planning and management frameworks in the major oceans, with a focus on small island states. The research will provide a foundation for developing sustainable coastal plans in a variety of settings.
  • Integrated Buffer Planning
    The development of an innovative, practical planning tool to guide planners in the design of integrated buffers to better conserve the values of environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Regional planning
    With colleagues in government, the development of regional planning documents which contribute to enhanced sustainability.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Urban & Regional Planning, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Cuevas, Sining C., Peterson, Ann and Morrison, Tiffany (2014). An Analytical Framework for Investigating Complex Institutions in Climate Change Adaptation: The Institutional Environment Matrix. In Walter Leal Filho (Ed.), Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation (pp. 1-22) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-40455-9_18-1

  • Peterson, Ann (2005). Buffer design and implementation in Australia. In J. Kozlowski and A. Peterson (Ed.), Integrated buffer planning - Towards sustainable development (pp. 117-140) Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishers.

  • Peterson, A. (2005). Buffer planning: Historical overview. In J. Kozlowski and A. Peterson (Ed.), Integrated buffer planning: Towards sustainable development (pp. 79-116) London, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Walker, Michelle and Peterson, Ann (2005). Coastal and marine issues in regional NRM and coastal management plans. In Geoff McDonald, B. Taylor and C. Robinson (Ed.), Healthy savanna planning systems: Monitoring and evaluation of regional planning arrangements and natural resource management plans to assist development of improved regional planning systems and policies for Australia’s savanna regions (pp. 6-15) Brisbane, Australia: CSIRO.

  • Peterson, A. E. (2005). The guide. In Kozlowski, J. and Peterson, A. (Ed.), Integrated Buffer Planning: Towards Sustainable Development 1st ed. (pp. G-1-G-114) Hants, England: Ashgate Publishing Company.

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision