Professor Michael Buxton
Global, Urban and Social Studies
+61 3 9925 3039
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Professor Michael Buxton joined RMIT in 1998 after 12 years in senior management with Victorian Government Planning and Environment agencies, and with the Victorian Environment Protection Authority. He formerly headed the intergovernmental process for developing Australia’s National Greenhouse Strategy, and the group responsible for the development and implementation of environmental policy in Victoria. He was an elected Victorian local government councilor and Mayor for ten years and was a member of the Upper Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Authority for six years. He is a former lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne.
Michael heads a research team carrying out extensive research into peri-urban regions, including a national study titled Change and Continuity in Peri-Urban Australia. This team’s national and Victorian studies have investigated the nature and extent of contemporary peri-urban regions in Australia; identified future patterns of socio-economic, environmental change in peri-urban landscapes; and developed scenarios for future land use and management based on 'business as usual', interventionist and deregulated options. Change and Continuity in Peri-Urban Australia was a collaborative project between RMIT and Griffith Universities, funded by Land and Water Australia.
BA Monash, Dip Ed Monash, BEd Monash, PhD Monash
Honourary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia
Michael Buxton has contributed extensively to government policy and maintains strong industry and professional connections. He is former chairperson Premier’s Green Wedge Working Party which advised the Victorian government on the introduction of a legislated urban growth boundary and revised green wedge zones for Melbourne’s green belt; former member of the Melbourne 2030 Implementation Reference Group; and has been a member of many government committees.
- International environmental law and its impact on national policy
- Greenhouse policy
- Intergrated transport-land use planning and city planning
- Fringe area and rural planning
- Natural resource use
Michael Buxton has published over 50 refereed journal articles, book chapters, monographs and conference papers, and a large number of other conference papers and publications on planning and environmental matters.
He has contributed to18 major consulting projects on international and national projects for organisations such as The World Bank, AusAid, Asian Development Bank, the Mekong River Commission, the Australian Greenhouse Office, Commonwealth and State government agencies, and consulting firms.
He has been Chief Investigator or a member of 11 major research projects with grants of up to $380,000. He also developed an RMIT Environment and Planning research fund which employed five researchers and led to the production of six major monographs.
Monographs (from 2002)
Buxton M (2008) (with Alvarez A, Butt A, O’Neill D, Farrell S) Planning Sustainable Futures for Melbourne’s Peri-urban Region, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, Melbourne, 211 pages.
Buxton M (2008) (with Bekessy, S, Keating J, Budge T) The Effectiveness of Local Government Planning Controls in Protecting Native Vegetation in the Port Phillip and Westernport Region, RMIT University/Latrobe University/Parsons Brinckerhoff, Melbourne, 178 pages.
Buxton M (2007) (with Tieman G, Bekessy S, Budge T, Butt A, Coote M, Mercer D, O’Neill D) Change and Continuity in Peri-urban Australia, Peri-urban Case Study Bendigo Corridor, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, Melbourne, 211 pp.
Buxton M (2006) (with Tieman G, Bekessy S, Budge T, Coote M, Mercer D, Morcombe, J) Change and Continuity in Peri-urban Australia, State of the Regions, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, Melbourne, 320 pp.
Buxton M and Scheurer J (2005) Urban Form in Melbourne’s Growth Corridors, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, 126 pp.
Buxton M and Tieman G (2004)Urban Consolidation in Melbourne 1988-2003, The Policy and Practice, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, 64 pp.
Buxton M, Goodman R, Budge T (2003) A Failed Experiment. The performance of the Victoria Planning Provisions and the new format planning schemes. RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, 118 pp.
Buxton M, Kelly M, Martin J (2003) Environmental Conflicts in the Mekong River Basin, Prevention and Resolution, Mekong River Commission, Phnom Penh, 142 pp.
Buxton M and Goodman R (2002), Maintaining Melbourne’s Green Wedges. Planning Policy and the future of Melbourne’s green belt, RMIT University, Melbourne, 84 pp.
Scholarly book chapters (from 2005)
Buxton M (2009) “Change and Continuity in Peri-urban Australia: Implications for Policy”, in G Anant, Multilayered cities and Urban Systems, International Geographical Union and Osmania University, Hyderabad*.
Buxton M and Goodman R (2008) “Protecting Melbourne’s Green Belt” in Amarti M and Yokohari M (Eds.) Urban Green Belts in the Twenty First Century, Ashgate, London*.
Refereed journal articles (from 2005)
Buxton M and Scheurer J (2007) “Density and Outer Urban Development in Melbourne”, Urban Policy and Research, Vol.25, No.1, pp 91-111*.
Buxton M and Martin J (2007) “Socio-economic and Ecological Issues in the Mekong River Basin”, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol 2, Issue 4, pp 251-260.
Buxton M (with Mercer D and Christesen L) (2007) “Squandering the future - climate change, policy failure and the water crisis in Australia”, Futures, 39, Nos. 2-3, pp 272-287.
Buxton M (with Martin, J. and Kelly, M) (2006) “Policy-Making Mediation in the Mekong River Basin”, Just Policy, 41, pp 26-32.
Buxton M, and Tieman G (2005) “Patterns of Urban Consolidation in Melbourne: Planning Policy and the Growth of Medium Density Housing”, Urban Policy and Research, Vol. 23, No.2, pp 137-157*.
Buxton M, Goodman R, Budge T (2005) “Planning and Deregulation: The failure of the new Victorian planning system”, Australian Planner, Vol.42, No.2, pp 52-58*.
Refereed conference papers (from 2005)
Buxton M (with Butt A, Haynes R, Lechner A) (2009) “Peri-urban growth, planning and bushfire in the Melbourne peri-urban region”, State of Australian Cities, City Growth, Sustainability, vitality and vulnerability, Perth 24-27 November.
Buxton M (with Taylor E) (2009) “Urban land supply, governance and the pricing of land”, State of Australian Cities, City Growth, Sustainability, vitality and vulnerability, Perth 24-27 November*.
Buxton M (with Dunn K, McGuirk P, Piraoha A, Pelleri D, Phibbs P) (2009) “What do publics want from the planning system?”, State of Australian Cities, City Growth, Sustainability, vitality and vulnerability, Perth 24-27 November*.
Buxton M and Low Choy D (2007) “Change in Peri-Urban Australia: Implications for Land Use Policies”, State of Australian Cities Conference, Adelaide, 28-30 November*.
Buxton M (with Martin, J and Kelly M) (2006) “Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Water Use in the Mekong River Basin”, Community Development in a Global Risk Society conference, Centre for Citizenship and Human rights, Deakin University, 20-22 April.
Buxton M and Scheurer J (2005) “Density and Outer Urban Development in Melbourne”, Second State of Australian Cities Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, 30 Nov - 2 Dec*.
Buxton M, and Scheurer J (2005) “Urban Design as a Change Agent in Melbourne’s Growth Areas” Urbanism Down Under 2005 Congress, Wellington, 18-20 August*.