Ben Dowler

Ben Dowler
Research Officer

B Planning

Email: [email protected]
Ph: +61 2 9514 4316

Ben Dowler is a Social Planner and Researcher with experience across a range of built environment and social planning and research projects, including areas such as social infrastructure, service provision, sense of place, local government, social housing, community development, sustainability, youth services, qualitative and quantitative research and analysis; including in depth interviews and focus groups with persons from social and culturally diverse backgrounds, community and stakeholder engagement and a keen focus on environmental concerns. Ben's experience prior to joining UTS Centre for Local Government includes working as a Senior Consultant at Urbis and working as an Urban Planning Assistant at JBA Urban Planning Consultants. Ben has attained a Bachelor of Planning – First Class Honours, from the University of New South Wales completing his 5th year thesis on 'sense of place' in public housing within the Mount Druitt local area, completing numerous in-depth interviews with local residents.

  • Dean's Honours List 2008 (UNSW)
Research Interests
  • Social impact assessment
  • Social infrastructure assessment
  • Place making
  • Shared service delivery
  • Local government
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Social housing, housing affordability and community development
  • Open space, recreation and leisure facilities
  • Urban regeneration and sustainability models
  • Community and stakeholder consultation
  • Government program evaluation
  • Public policy and strategy development
  • Social and demographic research
  • Aged care and youth service provision
  • Crime Prevention through environmental design
Teaching Areas
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
  • Tutor (2009) for first year Planning Students at UNSW.
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