Jon Kellett

Professor Jon Kellett

Professor of Planning & Property

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Jon is an urban planner who has worked in the UK and Australia. He is passionate about his role as both a teacher and researcher and is motivated by a desire to carry out research in areas that are relevant to improving the sustainability of cities. He believes that the best urban policy is informed by evidence and strives through his teaching and research to make a difference to the cities in which he lives and works.

As an urban planner I am interested in the way that cities develop and how they contribute to the quality of human life as well as how they impact on the environment. In this latter regard I have a long standing research interest in the energy demand of  cities and the variety of ways this demand  is met along with  the  environmental implications of particular energy policies. This interest led me to be interested in climate change and how cities, as major energy consumers and greenhouse gas emitters, can mitigate their impacts by adopting energy efficiency measures and employing renewable technologies into their energy mix.  Following on from this aspect I became interested in how cities might adapt more generally to a changing climate. My second research interest concerns the mechanisms by which urban development occurs. Government investment in infrastructure, private sector investment in new property and  the interactions and synergies between these two major forces is a growing area of my research activity. A common theme that unites all of my research is its applicability to policy. I strive to ensure that my work is disseminated to a professional audience and to government and try to take every opportunity to use the outcomes of my research to inform policy making.

I am  a member of the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group and China-Australia Sustainable Research Unit.

2015                   Seawater Flooding Study Yorke Peninsula Council

2013                   Coastal Settlements Adaptation Study District Council of Mallala

2011-2012           Dept. Climate Change & Energy Efficiency: Coastal Adaptation Pathways Project.

2010-2011           NCCARF Learning from Regional  Climate Analogues

2010                   Renewable Energy Resource Assessment  for the City of Onkaparinga

2010                   Energy and Carbon Baseline Assessment for the City of Onkaparinga

2010-2011           NCCARF LGA Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment

2009                   Creating Active Communities South Australian Heart Foundation

2009-2011           Premiers Science & Research Fund Human Dimensions TREND Project

2008-2011           ARC Linkage – Tools for the Assessment of Urban Sustainability    LP0883493

2007-2010           ARC Linkage –  Lifetime Affordable Housing  LP0776834

2006-2009           ARC Linkage – Carbon Neutral Communities LP 0775120

I am program co-ordinator for the Masters programs in Urban Planning and Urban Design as well as for the  Master of Property. I teach into all these programs. Currently I co-ordinate courses in:

          Development and Construction PROP 7000

          Planning Theory and Practice   PLANNING 7035

          Development Studio  ARCH 7045

          Planning Policy and Regulation  PLANNING 7034

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Co-Supervisor Understanding the role of green space in cities: The contribution of the Adelaide Park Lands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr James William Daly
    2015 Principal Supervisor Understanding The Role of Green Cities in Building Climate Resilient Cities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Martin Larbi
    2015 Principal Supervisor Tall Building and Sustainability: A Comparative Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Saurav Mitra
    2015 Principal Supervisor Sustainable Regeneration of Brownfield Sites: an Investigation into Iranian and Australian Cases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Armin Mehdipour
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor To Flow, or to Fortify? Water, Development, and Urbanism in Building a Deltaic Metropolis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fahmid Ahmed
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2006 - ongoing Member Planning Institute of Australia Australia
  • Position: Professor of Planning & Property
  • Phone: 83130683
  • Email: jon.kellett@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4377
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Horace Lamb, floor 4
  • Room: 4 56b
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture & Built Environment

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