Scott Hawken

Dr Scott Hawken

Director Planning and Urban Design

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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

Dr. Scott Hawken is an Urban Designer, Landscape Architect, and Landscape Archaeologist. His research and teaching bring together these three disciplines in creative ways. He is a strong supporter of the kind of transdisciplinary thinking necessary to tackle the large problems of our time.

His Ph.D., awarded in 2012, involved the mapping of over 20,000km of archaeological features from 1000 sq km of remote sensing imagery to gain new insights into the evolution and ecology of archaeological landscapes and green infrastructure within Southeast Asia, It generated new knowledge on the socio-economic and ecological adaptation strategies of Angkor, the world’s largest pre-modern city. Such insights advance understanding of green infrastructure and social-ecological change in a long-term context which is important for today’s societies and their adaptation to climate change and urbanization. The findings are highly significant in the context of the sustainability and durability of socio-ecological systems within megacities.

Scott’s research has appeared in feature-length National Geographic and BBC documentaries shot on-site in Cambodia. He brings his deep understanding of past urban environments to bear on current questions of long-term urban sustainability and has published on Southeast Asian and Asian Urbanism in leading international publications. He is currently on the editorial board for Environment and Urbanisation ASIA. Theoretically, Dr. Hawken's research spans critical urban scholarship, radical political ecology, and landscape archaeology. Methodologically he makes use of high-end geospatial technologies including GIS, remote sensing, Geodesign, and on-the-ground survey to enable the integration of “big-data” into real-world applications. His work on smart cities theory seeks to identify how digital technologies are changing cities.

Dr. Hawken is currently director of the planning and urban design program in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. He works across the planning and landscape architecture programs and convenes postgraduate courses in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. His courses typically engage with both local and international public and private agencies around the world. He has led international workshops in New York, Japan, Delhi, Chennai, Madrid, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin, and Cape Town for postgraduate students, professionals, and governments. He has worked at UNSW Sydney as part of the Urban Development and Design Program for nine years and prior to that, he worked with leading landscape and urban design practices such as Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Room 413, and Terragram as well as the NSW Govt Architect.

Scott is a passionate and innovative teacher and is currently interested in supervising Ph.D. students in the areas of cultural landscapes, landscape archaeology, urban design, smart cities, and green and blue infrastructure. He is available for media appearances and can be contacted by email.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Shirleyana., Hawken, S. G., Sunindijo, R. Y., & Sanderson, D. (2021). Narratives of everyday resilience: lessons from an urban kampung community in Surabaya, Indonesia. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 12(2), 196-208.
    2021 Hawken, S. (2021). Making space in Sydney’s west: Western Sydney Parklands. Landscape Architecture Australia, 2021(170), 54-59.
    2021 Hawken, S., Sepasgozar, S. M. E., Prodanovic, V., Jing, J., Bakelmun, A., Avazpour, B., . . . Zhang, K. (2021). What makes a successful Sponge City project? Expert perceptions of critical factors in integrated urban water management in the Asia-Pacific. Sustainable Cities and Society, 75, 103317.
    2021 Hawken, S. (2021). Parkland visions: Designing the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. Landscape Architecture Australia, (169), 22-27.
    2021 Hawken, S. (2021). Dynamism and flux: Tyrrell studio. Landscape Architecture Australia, (169), 64-69.
    2021 Hawken, S., & Fletcher, R. (2021). A long-term archaeological reappraisal of low-density urbanism: Implications for contemporary cities. Journal of Urban Archaeology, 3, 29-50.
    2021 Hawken, S., Avazpour, B., Harris, M., Marzban, A., & Munro, P. G. (2021). Urban megaprojects and water justice in Southeast Asia: Between global economies and community transitions. Cities, 113, 103068-1-103068-17.
    2021 Hawken, S. (2021). Editorial: Changes in land use and land cover in cities of the global south - patterns and driving forces. Environment and Urbanization ASIA, 12(1 Suppl.), 9S-12S.
    2020 Mirti, A. V., & Hawken, S. (2020). USING SCENARIO PLANNING to ENHANCE COASTAL RESILIENCE to CLIMATE CHANGE: COMMUNITY FUTURES in the ESTUARINE LANDSCAPES of BRISBANE WATER, CENTRAL COAST, AUSTRALIA. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 6(3/W1), 51-58.
    2019 Pettit, C. J., Hawken, S., Ticzon, C., Leao, S. Z., Afrooz, A. E., Lieske, S. N., . . . Steinitz, C. (2019). Breaking down the silos through geodesign – Envisioning Sydney’s urban future. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 46(8), 1387-1404.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS5
    2019 Sepasgozar, S., Hawken, S., Sargolzaei, S., & Foroozanfa, M. (2019). Implementing citizen centric technology in developing smart cities: a model for predicting the acceptance of urban technologies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 142, 105-116.
    DOI Scopus70 WoS53
    2018 Praharaj, S., Han, J. H., & Hawken, S. (2018). Towards the right model of smart city governance in India. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 13(2), 171-186.
    DOI Scopus26
    2018 Han, H., & Hawken, S. (2018). Introduction: Innovation and identity in next-generation smart cities. City, Culture and Society, 12, 1-4.
    DOI Scopus52
    2018 Praharaj, S., Han, J. H., & Hawken, S. (2018). Urban innovation through policy integration: Critical perspectives from 100 smart cities mission in India. City, Culture and Society, 12, 35-43.
    DOI Scopus51
    2018 Shirleyana, S., Hawken, S., & Sunindijo, R. Y. (2018). City of Kampung: risk and resilience in the urban communities of Surabaya, Indonesia. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 36(5), 543-568.
    DOI Scopus10
    2017 Hawken, S., & Han, J. H. (2017). Innovation districts and urban heterogeneity: 3D mapping of industry mix in downtown Sydney. Journal of Urban Design, 22(5), 568-590.
    DOI Scopus13
    2016 Chen, J., Judd, B., & Hawken, S. (2016). Adaptive reuse of industrial heritage for cultural purposes in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing. Structural Survey, 34(4-5), 331-350.
    DOI Scopus11
    2013 Hawken, S. (2013). Designs of kings and farmers: Landscape systems of the greater Angkor urban complex. Asian Perspectives, 52(2), 347-367.
    DOI Scopus15
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2020 Hawken, S., Han, H., & Pettit, C. (Eds.) (2020). Open Cities Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era. Singapore: Palgrave MacMillan.
    DOI Scopus6
    2020 Hawken, S., Han, H., & Pettit, C. (Eds.) (2020). Open Cities Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era. Singapore: Palgrave MacMillan.
    DOI Scopus6
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 German, S., Metternicht, G., Laffan, S., & Hawken, S. (2021). Intelligent Spatial Technologies for Gender Inclusive Urban Environments. In P. Droege (Ed.), Intelligent Environments: Spatial Aspects of the Information Revolution. Elsevier.
    2020 Hawken, S., Leao, S. Z., Gudes, O., Izadpanahi, P., Viswanath, K., & Pettit, C. (2020). Safer cities for women: Global and local innovations with open data and civic technology. In S. Hawken, H. Han, & C. Pettit (Eds.), Open Cities | Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era (pp. 85-105). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
    DOI Scopus2
    2020 Hawken, S., Han, H., & Petit, C. (2020). Introduction: Open data and the generation of urban value. In S. Hawken, H. Han, & C. Pettit (Eds.), Open Cities Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era (pp. 1-25). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
    DOI Scopus1
    2020 Hawken, S., Yenneti, K., & Bodilis, C. (2020). Mapping climate vulnerability with open data: A dashboard for place-based action. In S. Hawken, H. Han, & C. Pettit (Eds.), Open Cities | Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era (pp. 151-175). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Han, J. H., Hawken, S., & Williams, A. (2018). Smart CCTV and the management of urban space. In Management Association, Information Resources (Ed.), Smart Technologies: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice (pp. 508-526). Hershey, PA; USA: IGI Global.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Praharaj, S., Han, J. H., & Hawken, S. (2018). Evolving a Locally Appropriate Indicator System for Benchmarking Sustainable Smart Cities in India. In W. L. Filho, J. Rogers, & U. Iyer-Raniga (Eds.), Sustainable Development Research in the Asia-Pacific Region (pp. 253-274). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
    DOI Scopus2
    2017 Hawken, S. (2017). The Urban Village and the Megaproject: Linking vernacular urban heritage and human rights-based development in the emerging megacities of Southeast Asia. In A. Durbach, & L. Lixinski (Eds.), Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses (pp. 91-118). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
    DOI WoS4
    2015 Han, J. H., Hawken, S., & Williams, A. (2015). Smart CCTV and the management of urban space. In D. Harrison (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies (pp. 430-447). Hershey, PA; USA: IGI Global.
    DOI Scopus2
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2020 Jia, J., Zlatanova, S., Hawken, S., & Zhang, K. F. (2020). MAKING SMART URBAN DECISIONS: The NICHE of A PARAMETRIC SPATIAL MODEL to BALANCE the NEEDS of URBAN STORMWATER MANAGEMENT and HUMAN WELLBEING. In ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences Vol. 6 (pp. 79-86). online: Copernicus GmbH.
    DOI Scopus1
    2019 Pettit, C., Hawken, S., Ticzon, C., & Nakanishi, H. (2019). Geodesign — A tale of three cities. In Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography (pp. 139-161). Switzerland: Springer.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS2
    2018 Leao, S. Z., Izadpanahi, P., & Hawken, S. (2018). How urban design can make cities safer for women? A statistical analysis of safetipin. In PLEA 2018 - Smart and Healthy within the Two-Degree Limit: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Vol. 3 (pp. 1187-1188). Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    2017 Hawken, S., & Han, J. H. (2017). Industry mix and 3D urban heterogeneity: insights into innovation districts. In K. Seto, D. Robinson, H. Virji, Z. Kovacs, J. Zhai, N. Sami, . . . K. Sridhar (Eds.), Urban Transitions Conference Vol. 198 (pp. 549-561). Netherlands: Elsevier Science BV.
    DOI WoS3
    2017 Praharaj, S., Han, J. H., & Hawken, S. (2017). Innovative Civic Engagement and Digital Urban Infrastructure: Lessons from 100 Smart Cities Mission in India. In Procedia Engineering Vol. 180 (pp. 1423-1432). Netherlands: Elsevier BV.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS14
    2015 Osmond, P., Corkery, L., Wilkinson, S., Thompson, S., & Hawken, S. (2015). The arable city: Quantifying the potential for urban agriculture in the 21st century metropolis. In SSS 2015 - 10th International Space Syntax Symposium.
    2014 Hawken, S., Metternicht, G., Chang, C. W., Liew, S. C., & Gupta, A. (2014). Remote sensing of urban ecological infrastructure in desakota environments: A review of current approaches. In 35th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2014, ACRS 2014: Sensing for Reintegration of Societies.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2012 Hawken, S. (2012). Metropolis of Ricefields: a topographic classification of a dispersed urban complex. (PhD Thesis).
  • Grant name: knowledge exchange on data augmented design for sustainable cities
  • UNSW Grant number: RG180121
  • Start date: 1 March 2018
  • Lead CI: Hawken and Long
  • Amount: total project funding $30,000
  • Grant name: joint research on urban eco-planning for green infrastructure and sponge city
  • UNSW Grant number: RG173401
  • Start date: 1 January 2018
  • Lead CIs: Hawken and Che
  • Amount: total project funding $25,000
  • Scheme: Geodesign - Liverpool Collaboration Area
  • Funding agency: Planning and Environment NSW
  • Grant name: Contract Research
  • UNSW Grant number: RG172579/
  • Start date: 30-Aug-2017 - 15-Dec-2017
  • Lead CI: Pettit, Ticzon, Afrooz, Leao, Hawken
  • Amount: total project funding $50,027
  • Scheme: Developing a framework for collaborative multi-agency scenario planning
  • Grant name: Contract Research
  • UNSW Grant number: RG161897
  • Start date: 16-May-2016 - 30-Sep-2016
  • Lead CI: Pettit, Hawken, Lieske, Ticzon, Afrooz, Leao,
  • Amount: total project funding $60,000
  • Grant name: open innovation workshop for korea-australia smart cities service trade
  • UNSW Grant number: RG151618
  • Start date: 3 August 2015
  • Funder reference number: AKF2015GRANT0134
  • Lead CI: Han
  • Amount: total project funding $15,000 + 25,000 in industry contributions
  • Funding agency: IAN POTTER FOUNDATION
  • Grant name: the economic foundations of angkor: the economic landscape, grama work units, and the temple economy.
  • Lead CI: Hawken
  • Amount: total project funding $3,000
  • Scheme: Endeavour Research Fellowship
  • Funder: Austraining International
  • Date: 2007-2008
  • Grant name: Metropolis of Ricefields
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Scheme: Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship
  • Funder: Marten Bequest
  • Category: Architecture - For Talented Australians in the Arts          
  • Date: 2007-2008
  • Grant name: Landscape Archaeology of Angkor
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Scheme: Carlyle Greenwell Bequest For Archaeological Studies
  • Funder: Sydney University
  • Date: 2006, 2009
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Scheme: Frank Coaldrake Scholarship
  • Funder: Sydney University Grants in Aid
  • For East Asian and Melanesian Studies
  • Date: 2009
  • Amount: $2,400
  • Scheme: Postgraduate Research Support Scheme
  • Category: Archaeology
  • Date: 2006 – 2009
  • Amount: $33,000 p.a
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Understanding Community’s Perspectives: Building Resilience in Urban Settlements. The case of kampung in Surabaya, Indonesia University of New South Wales Doctor of Philosophy in Built Environment (Planning) Doctorate Full Time Shirleyana
  • Position: Director Planning and Urban Design
  • Phone: 83133507
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Barr Smith South, floor 5
  • Room: 5 33
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture & Built Environment

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