We are pleased to announce that Professor Stuart Barr has joined us as AURIN Director. Stuart will work with the AURIN team, including previous director, Professor Jane Hunter, who will continue in a strategic advisory role, to help implement the recommendations of the 2019-23 AURIN Strategic Plan.
“I am extremely pleased to join AURIN at such an exciting stage in its development. Cities are central to economic growth and prosperity, and AURIN’s unique urban data capability enables the research and analysis required to help deliver this in a sustainable and equitable manner for Australia.” said Stuart.
Cities are central to economic growth and prosperity, and AURIN’s unique urban data capability enables the research and analysis required to help deliver this in a sustainable and equitable manner for Australia.”
– Prof Stuart Barr
Stuart went on to say “huge volumes of static and dynamic (real-time) data on the social, economic, environmental and physical fabric of our cities is now routinely collected. AURIN’s priority in the future is to ensure that researchers and planners are able to access and utilise such diverse urban data in a flexible manner to maximise research insight and policy impact.”
Stuart joins AURIN from Newcastle University UK, where he was Professor of Geospatial Systems Engineering. Stuart has 20-years’ research experience in Urban Data Science, working on climate change impacts on cities, and urban-infrastructure systems analytics and modelling.
At Newcastle, Stuart was Director of the Spatial Analytics and Modelling Lab, and Director of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems. He was also an investigator, and member of the Executive and Governance Boards, of the UK Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI).
We look forward to continuing to work with our Network of data custodians and world-class researchers to build a platform and research community that delivers high-impact research outcomes.