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Dr Cathryn Hamilton 

Position: Course Coordinator
Division/Portfolio: Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
School/Unit: School of Natural and Built Environments
Campus: City East Campus

Office: BJ3-07
Telephone: +61 8 830 21042
Email: Cathryn_dot_Hamilton_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Cathryn.Hamilton

Cathryn's PhD was conferred by the University of South Australia in December 2011. The title of her Thesis was 'The role of local government to support community carbon reduction: an analysis of capacity to act and climate change governance'. This research was undertaken concurrently with research for the ARC Linkage Project - Carbon Neutral Communities - Making the Transition (2007-2010) which was administered by RMIT University in Melbourne. Industry partners included Local government (South Australia and Victoria), State government (Victoria) and Community groups focused on energy and greenhouse gas reduction (Victoria). Cathryn's PhD research focused on Local government in Australia (South Australia, Victoria), the United Kingdom and Germany.

Cathryn has expertise in reviewing methods for establishing the carbon profile of Local government areas. She has conducted renewable energy resource assessments across Local government areas using GIS linked databases. In addition, she has analysed State and local government policies and plans for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation. Cathryn has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning and expertise in reviewing urban planning policy, as well as health and environmental services. The latter were undertaken as part of research into Climate Analogues for three Australian Cities: Bunbury in Western Australia; Adelaide in South Australia; and Brisbane in Queensland. This research was funded by NCCARF and completed in 2011.

From July to November 2011, Cathryn scoped the research required to progress the adoption of innovative products (Cross Laminated Timber) and modern construction systems for sustainable housing in inner-city and inner-suburban locations. This project was led by Professor Steffen Lehmann, the former Director of the Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b) at the School of Architecture, University of South Australia.

From September 2012 to October 2013, Cathryn project managed and supervised the construction of a 3 bedroom sustainable house within a character area of an inner suburb of Adelaide. She worked directly with building contractors to deliver an aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient house. She is currently monitoring the house's performance for thermal comfort, energy and water use. Using the house as a case study, Cathryn recently delivered a presentation to the SA Branch of the Alternative Technology Association, and is planning to write papers and a book on the experience of planning, building and living in an energy efficient house in Adelaide.

From April 2013 to June 2014, Cathryn undertook research for the Institute of Urban Renewal, researching policy issues related to the 30 year Plan for Greater Adelaide. Her particular focus has been on the costs of infill and greenfield residential development across Adelaide and the integration of infrastructure and land use planning. The latter was commissioned by the Department for Planning Transport and Infrastructure as part of the current review of the Planning System in South Australia.

In April 2014, Cathryn completed a three year term appointment as a Member of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. She is currently a Community Representative assisting the Board to co-design a new framework for engaging urban communities in managing the natural environment. She has over 20 years experience in environmental management in the South Australian Government, mainly focused on water, wastewater and reuse of agricultural wastes and biosolids.

Cathryn's teaching and research crosses disciplines of urban planning, urban development, urban design, sustainable built environments, environmental science, and the human perspective of the environment.

Links to other sites

Barbara Hardy Institute

Carbon Neutral Communities - Making the Transition - Research Reports

Teaching interests

  • Sustainable Built Environments
  • Development and Design
  • Human dimensions of the environment
  • Socioecological issues in urban planning

I teach the following courses

ARCH 5038Planning Research Project 1
ARCH 5039Planning Research Project 2
HUMS 1029Sustainable Built Environments
ARCH 2046Development and Design Studio

Professional associations

Member Planning Institute of Australia

Alternative Technology Association - Committee Member, SA Branch


PhD (2011, University of South Australia)

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (2007, UniSA)

Graduate Certificate in Management (1996, UniSA)

Bachelor Applied Science (Chemistry & Microbiology) (1979, South Australian Institute of Technology)

Research interests

  • Local Governance of Climate Change
  • Barriers to uptake of Renewable Energy in the community
  • Urban Design to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions
  • Renewable Energy Resource Assessments
  • Behaviour Change Programs

Research publications

Hamilton, C 2013, Integrating infrastructure planning and land use planning – a review of governance models, Paper for Project 2, Institute of Urban Renewal, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

Hamilton, C and Kellett, J 2013, ‘Renewable Energy: Urban Centres Lead the Dance in Australia?’ in Renewable Energy Governance, eds. E Michalena and J Hills, Lecture Notes in Energy, vol. 57, Springer, London.

Hamilton, C 2013, Assessing the real costs of urban residential location: Literature review and scoping study, Draft Paper for Project 1, Institute of Urban Renewal, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

Hamilton, C 2013, ‘The capacity for local government to support community carbon reduction’, International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 25-41.

Hamilton, C 2012, ‘Harvesting potential solar energy resources: Can an analysis of urban residential rooftops inform planning policy for carbon reduction?’ 10th International Urban Planning and Environment Symposium, University of Sydney, July, Sydney.

Lehmann, S and Hamilton, C 2011, 'Sustainable infill development using low-carbon CLT prefabrication: Adaptation for the South Australian Context', Report of Scoping Study, Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, University of South Australia, November, Adelaide.

Hamilton, C 2011, Renewable energy, planning policy and local government's capacity to act, Proceedings of the 5th State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC2011), Melbourne.

Hamilton, C 2011, Local capacity for carbon reduction, in P Roetman and C Daniels (eds) Creating sustainable communities in a changing world, Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide.

Kellett, J, Ness, D, Hamilton, C, Pullen, S, Leditschke, A 2011, Learning from regional climate analogues, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 166pp.

Kellett, J, Ness, D, Hamilton, C, Pullen, S and Leditschke, A 2011, ‘Learning from regional analogues’, Paper presented in Track 20 (Climate Change) at the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, July, Perth, Western Australia.

Sunter P, Hamilton, C and Kellett, J 2010, 'Renewable Energy Resource Assessment for the City of Onkaparinga', Report to City of Onkaparinga, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia.

Kellett, J & Hamilton, C 2009, 'Energy & Carbon Estimates for the City of Onkaparinga’, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia.

Kellett, J & Hamilton, C 2009, ‘Decarbonising the local economy: Planning for renewable energy in urban areas’, in Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities (SOAC 2009), Perth, Western Australia.

Hamilton, C 2009, 'The power of rooftops in a carbon neutral future', RICS Oceania Best Research Paper 2009. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Source: http://www.rics.org/site/scripts/download_info.aspx?fileID=4438

Kellett, J & Hamilton, C 2009, 'Carbon Reduction at the Local Level', The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol 5, Number 1. http://www.Sustainability-Journal.com, ISSN 1832-2077

Hamilton, C, Kellett, J & Moore, T 2008, 'Resourcing a low carbon future', ISES-AP - 3rd International Solar Energy Society Conference – Asia Pacific Region (ISES-AP-08) Incorporating the 46th ANZSES Conference 25-28 November 2008 Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

Kellett, J & Hamilton, C 2008, 'Low carbon futures: Renewable energy potential in Playford', Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) South Australian Conference – Climate change: Engaging the elements. Nuriootpa, South Australia. 28 February to 1 March 2008

Hamilton, C, Kellett, J & Yuan, X 2008, 'Carbon profiling: An analysis of methods for establishing the local emissions baseline', in Proceedings of the 3rd International Solar Cities Congress. 17-21 February 2008. pp331-340. Adelaide. http://mams.rmit.edu.au/07ohncpzgy82.pdf

Hamilton, C 2008, 'Renewable energy resource assessment methods and methodologies for assessment at LGA scale – a study of the City of Playford'. Working Paper for the Carbon Neutral Communities – Making the Transition Project. RMIT University and University of South Australia. Source: URL http://mams.rmit.edu.au/djp8scpzgy82.pdf

Hamilton, C 2007, 'Carbon assessment methods and methodologies for carbon assessment at LGA scale'. Working Paper for the Carbon Neutral Communities – Making the Transition Project. RMIT University and University of South Australia. Source: URL: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/04ubrvl2j0ts1.pdf

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