Matt Novacevski

Research Fellow, Deakin University

Matt is a researcher and town planner who focuses on distilling the essence that defines place identity and deploying it as a basis for policy and placemaking. His work shows the importance of these oft-intangible narratives that link people and places in understanding today’s towns and charting their future.  Based at Deakin University’s Centre for Regional and Rural Futures in Geelong, Matt won a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia in 2016 for his thesis on place identity in peri-urban growth areas.  He also works as a town planner in regional Victoria.