Ms Stephanie Wyeth

Snr Lecturer- Planner in Residence

School of Architecture, Design and Planning
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 53880


Stephanie Wyeth is the Professional Planner in Residence and Senior Lecturer within the Planning Program, and Director of Engagement for the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Stephanie is an experienced urban and social planning practitioner with significant research, project and leadership experience in the public and private sectors. She joined The University of Queensland in 2019 following several years as a Director with a multidisciplinary planning and design firm, where she led projects focussed on complex social, urban planning and development issues. Her motivation for joining academia is a belief that a values-led and practice intensive university experience is critical if the next generation of urban planning professionals are to be equipped with the skills, knowledge and mindsets to lead, sustained positive change in our cities, towns and communities.

As a pracademic, Stephanie seeks to bridge the theory – practice divide, by promoting the exchange of knowledge, ideas and capabilities across university, industry and community. She regularly facilitates and brokers opportunities for the university’s world-leading researchers to share their expertise with government and community for projects with a strong public interest focus. Stephanie is regularly invited to join advisory forums and judging panels, and to speak at industry and community events.

Between 2016 – 2022 Stephanie served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the South Bank Corporation. In 2020 she was appointed a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia for services to the profession. Her most recent panel appointments include Logan Urban Design Awards, Lord Mayor’s Business Awards (Brisbane), and an advisory committee for a national design project.


  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • Committee for Brisbane

Teaching Responsibilities

PLAN1000 The Planning Challenge (Course Coordinator and Lecturer – 2019 to date)

PLAN1100 Foundational Ideas in Planning (Course Coordinator and Lecturer – 2019 to date)

PLAN4001/PLAN7120 Citymaking: Theory and Practice (Course Coordinator and Lecturer – 2020-2022)

PLAN4100 Advanced Planning Practice (Course Coordinator and Lecturer – 2021 to date)

PLAN4130 / PLAN7130 Planning Industry Placements (Course Coordinator and Lecturer – 2019 to date (Semesters 1, 2 and Summer)

ENVM3103 Regulatory Frameworks for Environmental Management and Planning (Guest lecturer 2021-2023)

Various guest lectures providing insights into urban planning, employability and planning practice.

Student supervision for PHD, Honours and research projects


2022 Teaching Award - Planning Program, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

2022 Staff Award, Organisation of Planning Students

Service and Engagement

Director of Engagement – School of Architecture, Design and Planning (2023 to date)

Academic Program Advisor for Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (2021 to date)

Deputy Director of Engagement School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (2022 – 2023)

Co-founder and Director of UQ City Impact Lab (2021 to date)

Research Affiliate – UQ Sustainable Infrastructure Research Hub (since 2022)

Member - UQ Community Engagement Community of Practice – Leadership Group (since 2023)

Planning Institute of Australia (Qld) - Fellow

Research Interests

  • Urban Research, Strategic Planning and Planning Practice
  • Planning Practice, Gender and Cities
  • Planning for Climate Resilience / Practice and Community-led Approaches
  • Placemaking for Impact / Strategic Interventions in Place
  • Housing Policy, Planning and Practice / Inclusive Planning and Design
  • Inclusive Planning and Design / Children, Young People and Women

Research Impacts

Stephanie’s research activity focuses on the role of the built environment and planning practice in supporting equity, fairness and social inclusion. Her current collaborations address topics including: citymaking and urban governance, climate and flood resilience, lived experience, life in the suburbs, young people’s use of public space, women and safety in the city, affordable housing, planning policy and practice, planning and design innovation.

Stephanie is co-founder and co-director of the UQ City Impact Lab. Established in 2022, the lab links internationally recognised research and capability in urban change, sustainable development and city-making with government and industry. The research team provides independent insight and evidence-based analysis to help government, industry and community partners deliver policy and place-based solutions.

Recent research efforts supported by the lab include:

  • Housing affordability: Housing demand drivers in Queensland
  • Colouring Brisbane is a free knowledge exchange platform designed to provide over fifty types of open data on Brisbane buildings, to help make the city more sustainable – prototype platform
  • Flood resilience and neighbourhood change – exploratory research and teaching-focussed investigations
  • Small data modelling to support analysis of urban change and development dynamics

As an experienced practitioner with strong industry networks, Stephanie is regularly invited to engage with policy-makers and planning practitioners, as well as academic colleagues. In the role of facilitator, she has designed and led the delivery of a range of activities:

2018 UQ Placemaking Summit – Future Suburbs

2019 UQ Placemaking Summit - Climate Change

2020 Australia New Zealand Association of Planning Schools (ANZAPS) National Conference

2022 Launch of UQ City Impact Lab

Stephanie is also active with research consultancy, and supports community-led projects through research and engagement capabilities:

Current Projects

(2023) Zonta International, Queensland Walks and The University of Queensland: Safe Cities for women and girls – Night Walks initiative

(2022 to date) Love and Kindness Project - Co-founder with Dr Kali Marnane

(2022 to date) Sharing with Friends – Older Women’s Housing Project

(2021 to date) Communify Inc - Bindi Bindi Place

Completed Projects

Brisbane City Council Local Voluntary Review

(2023) ARUP and Aurecon (Consultancy Project)

In collaboration with Dr Cristyn Meath (UQ Sustainable Infrastructure Research Hub), the delivery of strategic advice and coordination of engagement with selected UQ Subject Matter Expert to inform completion of the UN-Habitat Sustainable Development Goals Voluntary Local Review and UN-Habitat Sustainable Development Goals Gold Certification.

Logan Economic Development Vision & Strategy

(2019-2021) Logan City Council

Research consortium with SGS Economics and Planning Pty Ltd, Griffith Business School - Policy Innovation Hub, and UQ Planning. Co-lead with Dr Laurel Johnson including the design and delivery of strategy co-design process.

Queensland Housing Strategy 2017 - 2027 Research and Evaluation Program

(2019–2021) Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works


  • Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • details are as follows:

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Wyeth, Stephanie and Johnson, Laurel (2021). Communicating urban research. Methods in Urban Analysis. (pp. 191-205) edited by Scott Baum. Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-16-1677-8_11

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • details are as follows: