OUR PEOPLE

The AIUS-SA is stand alone entity that is governed by a Board of elected members.

Benjamin Cooper, President

Benjamin is currently a Project Manager at the South Australian Housing Authority. 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. LinkedIn

Reb Rowe Vice President

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.

Trish Hansen, Immediate Past 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.

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

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.

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)

Jen St Jack

Jack Jensen (Bio coming)