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    Mellini Sloan

    Mellini Sloan

    Mellini Sloan teaches students how to plan the cities and regions of the future

    To Mellini Sloan, a diverse community is a healthy community. As a lecturer in urban and regional planning at QUT, Mellini is passionate about teaching students how to build more diverse and sustainable communities to address big challenges.

    Mellini is working with final year urban planning students to develop new ideas about where to establish Australia’s future cities to accommodate our forecast population growth. The aim of the project is to develop a proposal for a new city in a regional area that will have a population of 50,000 people by 2100.

    “We’re building our future Australia together,” says Mellini. “We’re collaboratively working to create environmentally and economically sound communities in locations where people want to live.”

    Mellini’s study and career path

    • Bachelor of Science (Geography and Urban Planning), Florida State University 
    • Master of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida 
    • Environmental Specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection 
    • Lecturer, Built Environment (Urban and Regional Planning), QUT

    This article was created in partnership with QUT and originally appears in the QUT STEM Guide 2022. 

    Gemma Conroy

    Author: Gemma Conroy

    Gemma is a freelance journalist with a passion for making science accessible to everyone. Gemma has a degree in biology from Macquarie University and loves sharing amazing discoveries with the world.


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