Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, University of Westminster
Michael Neuman joined the University of Westminster in 2017 having previously been Professor of Sustainable Urbanism in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining UNSW, Michael was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, where he was founding Chair of the Sustainable Urbanism Program, former director of the Master of Urban Planning program, and founder of the Barcelona Semester Abroad program. He is founding principal of the Michael Neuman Consultancy.
He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and an MCP with a graduate Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include sustainable regions and communities, network infrastructure, governance institutions, and planning theory and history.
He is the author of numerous articles, reports, and plans translated into eight languages; and author/coauthor of The Futures of the City Region (Routledge, 2011), The Imaginative Institution (Ashgate 2010), Building California´s Future (PPIC 2000), and Coordinating Growth and Environmental Management Through Consensus Building (CPS 1994). Professor Neuman has been awarded Fulbright and Regents Fellowships, a Foreign Scholar Research Grant from the Generalitat de Catulunya (Spain), and best article awards in European Planning Studies (2005) and the Journal of the American Planning Association (1999). His professional and scholarly work has won numerous awards ranging from the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Science Foundation to the American Institute of Architects and the Spanish and Catalan governments.
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