Mia Davison

Urban Scholar

  • Integrated policy development and strategic planning
  • Multilateral and multilevel governance
  • Sustainable cities and regions

Mia Davison is a human geographer and strategic planner with an Executive Master of Public Administration from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Social Science (Environment and Planning) from RMIT University. She has also studied at Monash University and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland.  Her areas of expertise include sustainable development, urban and rural planning, and multilateral and multilevel governance.

Mia has significant experience working for local, state and national governments and private consultancies, and volunteering with non-government groups, within Australia and the United Kingdom.  This gives her a broad perspective and practical experience in finding integrated solutions to complex liveability and sustainable development problems that bring together government, private sector, civil society and other non-government groups.

Mia has led a diversity of projects relating to managing settlement growth and the peri-urban values surrounding cities and towns.  This has included preparing cross-sectoral policies, guidelines and integrated land use and transport plans for metropolitan, regional, sub-regional and local areas, and establishing performance monitoring and review programs.

Mia currently works as Manager of Places and Precincts at Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.  She is Vice President of the Australian Chapter and Member of the International Council of EAROPH (Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements), which is accredited by UN-Habitat as the peak body for the built environment in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Mia is also a Member of the Programme Committee of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), an independent non-partisan, non-profit organisation that promotes the discussion and study of international affairs and issues. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.