Board Members


Trish Hansen, President

Trish Hansen is the Founding Principal of Urban Mind; a strategic consultancy, leading purpose driven systems change for collective impact, through collaborative design.  Across health, wellbeing, creative cities, public art and urban life, Trish has initiated, led and managed social enterprises, projects and programs in the tertiary adult and paediatric health, urban, arts and cultural sectors.

Mark Dean, Vice President

Mark is a Research Associate at the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University’s Tonsley Campus. He completed a PhD at The University of Adelaide in 2017 on the policy responses of governments to deindustrialisation in South Australia. Mark joined the Board because he believes AIUS-SA is an important platform for a diversity of voices to communicate how South Australia can embark on a path of sustainable social and economic development through urban and industrial renewal and influence policy change.

Phil Donaldson, Immediate Past President

Phil is the Past President of AIUS from 2013 -2015 and has been an active member of the AIUS SA over 10 years and has a Masters in Environmental Management and is a Green Star Accredited Professional and Assessor. Phil’s experience includes policy and practice in sustainable urban development and environmental management water, waste, energy, ecosystems and sustainability infrastructure and climate change impacts. He is currently co-founder and Principal of Adelaide Design Link; Director of Sustain SA – he led the team that was the finalist in the Adelaide A to Zero Carbon International Challenge on developing a Low Carbon Heritage and Buildings Toolkit; Co-founder and Director of Australia-China Aged Care Consortium; Co-founder and Director of the Australian Living Lab Innovation Network; past president of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies SA and he continues to represent them on the Community Participation & Sustainability Advisory Committee in the implementation of the new planning regulations in South Australia.

Phil has also presented at many conferences including; Adelaide a case study of a Resilient Cities – Austrade Mission to Indonesia 2017, Sustainable Development in Australia – Australia China Business Week in Shanghai, 2016 and Adelaide as a low carbon community – Low Carbon Economic Summit in China 2013

Previously Phil was the Director of Sustainability in the SA Governments Urban Renewal Authority and Project Manager of the Lochiel Park Green Village where he set the Sustainability frameworks for Bowden and Tonsley two significant Urban Renewal projects.

Joanna Clare, Secretary & Public Officer

Joanna Clare is an Associate at Norman Waterhouse Lawyers, practicing in Environment and Planning Law. Prior to becoming admitted as a lawyer, Joanna completed a degree in civil and environmental engineering and worked as an Associate at the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Joanna advises and represents councils and statutory authorities in planning, building and environmental issues.  She also provides advice and representation on a broad range of legal issues that affect the operational and policy activities of local government and statutory authorities. Joanna’s area of expertise includes town planning and development law, environment law, local government law and administrative law.  Her qualifications include Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with First Class Honours – University of Adelaide (2003); Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours – University of Adelaide (2006); Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – The College of Law 2007

Benjamin Cooper, Treasurer

Benjamin is currently a Project Manager at Renewal SA. Prior to this role he was a Senior Strategic Project Officer with Housing SA and a Program Manager of social housing renewal projects with Renewal SA. He has qualifications in Urban and Regional Planning and Project Management. Benjamin has managed numerous strategic asset planning, business development, innovation and urban development projects on behalf of various State Government agencies.

Benjamin has broad interests in the housing, urban planning and property sectors, with specific focus on social housing renewal, affordable housing and progressive planning policies and projects. He has a long-held passion for both state and national urban affairs and is proud to explore urban issues and economic innovation with the Australian Institute of Urban Studies-SA.

Kristin Alford

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the Director of MOD. at the University of South Australia. MOD. is an immersive museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. Kristin leads a team dedicated to creating dynamic, changing exhibitions showcasing the edge of knowledge and emerging technologies. MOD. opens in 2018 and aims to surprise and delight young adults, opening new possibilities and pathways so that we can all live prosperously and sustainably.

Prior to this role, Kristin was the founding director of foresight agency Bridge8, facilitating futures and engagement on water sustainability, nanotechnology, health, advanced manufacturing, clean technologies and climate futures for government, corporates and not-for-profits.

She is a member of the Board of the Australian institute of Urban Studies, the Inspiring South Australia Steering Group, and the Annesley College Council. She was the inaugural licensee and host of TEDxAdelaide.

Kristin has had various careers in engineering, human resources, strategy and product development for companies including BHP Billiton, Ansett-Air New Zealand, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and Nanotechnology Victoria. She holds a PhD in process engineering and a Masters of Management in Strategic Foresight. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and an Adjunct Lecturer in foresight at the University of Adelaide.

Mel Meaney

Melanie joined Mellor Olsson in 2012 and is a Senior Associate in the Litigation, Local Government and Property Development Division. Melanie’s areas of practice include commercial litigation and dispute resolution, environmental matters and Local Government, planning and property development.

Melanie has significant experience in all aspects of property development and planning, acting for a range of clients, including representative bodies, Councils, developers, planners and third party objectors. She regularly provides advice and appears before the ERD Court in respect of a wide range of matters relating to the Development Act. Melanie also provides advice to Councils in respect of Local Government Act matters. Prior to commencing at Mellor Olsson, Melanie was an Associate to the Honourable Justice Anderson in the Supreme Court of South Australia and, before that, practised at a prominent commercial law firm.

Melanie graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Law (with Honours) and a Bachelor of International Studies. She is a member of the National Environmental Law Association and the Law Society of South Australia.

Luis Lafosse

Luis is currently with the City of Playford (SA) Strategy & Policy Team. Prior to arrive in Adelaide from Latin America in 2014, Luis has forged his career at local government initiating and leading innovative projects and programs in relation to strategic planning, and culture, economic and education development. Qualified in industrial design and with a master degree in design pursued in Japan, Luis’ focus is on the future of cities, in particular Adelaide.

Reb Rowe

Reb is a self-confessed City Geek; inspired by many aspects of these adaptable places. Reb has been an Urban Planner with the City of Unley since 2008 which has not only provided insight into the inner workings of the development industry and legislation but has also to continued to fuel her interest in communitybuilding and grass-roots energy.  In her spare time, Reb is a committee member of the Adelaide Bike Kitchen, a not-for-profit community bike collective designed to help people learn DIY bike mechanic and capacity-building skills.

In addition to this, Reb is an illustrator and an advocate for cyclist safety through the Australian Cycle Alliance as well as a recent addition to the Australian Institute of Urban Studies board.

Alpana Sivam

Alpana is currently a senior lecture in Planning and Urban Design with School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. She received her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Melbourne, Master of Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT, Ahmadabad, India and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. She teaches postgraduate, undergraduate courses and supervise PhD, Master and Bachelor students. Her teaching is focused is on sustainable urban design theory and practice to create sustainable built environment.

She is an architect and a planner whose research interests in the interstices between these two established professions. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, having held a variety of senior and executive positions in India and Australia. Her experience covers urban and regional planning, statutory strategic planning, delivery of urban infrastructure, housing policies and issues in developing countries, urban design and conservation, environmental planning and urban management. She was responsible for the design, management and implementation of Dwarka, a sub-city of Delhi for 1 million people.

Her research has focused on the policy context for delivering sustainable built environment, affordable and sustainable housing and age friendly cities and neighbourhood for both developed and developing countries. Alpana also has research interests in issues of climate change and built environment, urban space/public space in different cultural context, environmental and cultural sustainability, architectural character and heritage, urban design and urban development.

Dr Michael Scott

Michael is a lecturer in sociology at the Sociology Program, College of  Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, and has interests in urban governance and urban cultural economies. His research interests are wide ranging, including explorations of the institutional and network forms of urban decision making, multi-scalar governance, developing social inclusion through creative industry policy, and the practice of cultural entrepreneurship in urban settings.

Daniels Langeberg

Founder, EcoCaddy. (Bio coming)