Barbara Norman is the Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra. She is Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) and an Adjunct Professor with The Australian National University. Barbara is Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council, Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia (ACT) and a member of the national stakeholder advisory group to the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship. She is a Life Fellow and past national president of the Planning Institute of Australia and an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). Her research and teaching interests include urban and regional planning, sustainable coastal planning, climate change adaptation and urban governance.
Barbara was Chief Investigator of the recent report South East Coastal Adaptation (SECA): Coastal urban climate futures in SE Australia from Wollongong to Lakes Entrance. She is a contributing author to the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of IPCC, Working Group 2 (Impact, Adaptation and Vullnerability), Chapter 25 Australasia. Barbara has extensive experience in the public sector at all levels of government including senior executive roles in the ACT Government. Professor Norman advises the public and private sector in Australia and has strong international linkages within Asia, Europe and the United States. Barbara was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community through urban and regional planning.