Dr David Wadley

Senior Lecturer

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 56535


Dr David Wadley's research interests are in: Philosophy of Planning and Development, Industrial and Retail Planning, Economic Geography and Futurology.

David Wadley received his PhD from the Australian National University in 1975.

His current research projects are in the fields of:

  • Visual Impact Assessment in Planning
  • Effectiveness, Efficiency and Equity in Retail Planning
  • Trust in Business
  • Social and Work Experience in the Future


  • Master of Economics, The University of Queensland
  • MBA, The University of Queensland
  • Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Sydney


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Liu, Yan, Wadley, David and Corcoran, Jonathan (2017). Spatial typology of the private rental housing market at neighbourhood scale: the case in South East Queensland, Australia. In John R. Lombard, Eliahu Stern and Graham Clarke (Ed.), Applied spatial modelling and planning (pp. 91-106) Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Wadley, David A. and Gordon, Toby S. (2012). Australia/New Zealand/Pacific and transnational organisations. In Joseph P. Stoltman (Ed.), 21st century geography: A reference book (pp. 647-662) Washington DC, United States: Sage Publications.

  • Gordon, Toby S. and Wadley, David A. (2012). Australia/New Zealand/Pacific and transnational organizations. In Joseph Stoltman (Ed.), 21st century geography: a reference handbook (pp. 647-663) Washington DC, United States: Sage Publications. doi:10.4135/9781412995986.n58

  • Roberts, B. and Wadley, D. A. (2001). Introducing sustainable industry. In B.H. Roberts and D.A. Wadley (Ed.), Planning for Sustainable Industry 1 ed. (pp. 1-7) Brisbane: Royal Australian Planning Institute.

  • Wadley, D. A. (2001). Sustainable industry: Alternative viewpoints. In B. Roberts and D. Wadley (Ed.), Planning for Sustainable Industry 1 ed. (pp. 8-16) Brisbane: Royal Australian Planning Institute.

  • Wadley, David A. and Jackson, D.G. (1997). Australia. In David G Jackson and Colliers Jardine. (Ed.), Asia Pacific business guide, 1997 (pp. 13-29) Sydney , Australia: Mc Graw Hill.

  • Wadley, David A. (1987). Industrial development. In Dietrich Hans Borchardt and Victor Crittenden (Ed.), Australians, a guide to sources (pp. 290-297) Broadway, NSW, Australia: Fairfax, Syme and Weldon Associates.

  • Wadley, David A. (1987). Planning for business development in the urban transition zone. In F.E.I. Hamilton (Ed.), Industrial change in advanced economies (pp. 292-307) London: Croom Helm.

  • Wadley, David (1987). Submission to the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Industry and Trade. In Commonwealth of Australia Senate: Official Hansard Report. Reference: Certain aspects of Australia's manufacturing industry revitalisation. Chairman, Senator Childs (pp. 1241-1280) Canberra, ACT, Australia: Commonwealth Government Printer.

  • Wadley, David (1986). Industrial systems. In J. H. Holmes (Ed.), Queensland: A Geographical Interpretation (pp. 229-247) Spring Hill, QLD, Australia: Boolarong Press.

  • Wadley, David A. and Bentley, L. (1981). Industrial restructuring and metropolitan planning: case history of Melbourne. In Godfrey J. R. Linge and John S. McKay (Ed.), Structural Change in Australia: Some Spatial and Organisational Responses (pp. 237-272) Canberra, ACT, Australia: Department of Human Geography, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.

  • Wadley, David A. (1979). Enterprises in trouble: the geography of wholesaling in the Australian agricultural machinery industry, 1967-72. In Frederick E. Ian Hamilton and G. J. R. Linge (Ed.), Industrial Systems (pp. 187-211) Chichester: Wiley.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Liu, Yan, Wadley, David and Han, Hoon (2015). Mapping the ‘Mis-location’ of private rental tenure in Australian housing market: a case study of Brisbane, Australia. In: Paul Burton and Heather Shearer, State of Australian Cities National Conference 2015: Refereed Proceedings. State of Australian Cities National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (). 9-11 December 2015.

  • O'Callaghan, Ben, Hyde, Richard, Wadley, David, Gardner, Ted and Upadhyay, Anir (2013). A quality of life study of ecologically sustainable housing in south east Queensland. In: Greg Foliente and Chi-Hsiang Wang, Sustainability and the City: Science Symposium & Forum. Mapping the R&D landscape and exploring science pathways towards sustainable cities. Proceedings. Sustainability and the City: a Science Frontier Symposium, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (451-469). 12-14 June, 2013.

  • Pont, K., Ziviani, J., Wadley, D. and Abbott, R. (2009). Put your best foot forward : A model of children's active travel. In: C. Finch, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (Supplement) Program and Abstracts - be active '09. 2009 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport - be active '09, Brisbane, (e86-e86). 14-17 October 2009. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2009.10.176

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision