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Sharon Biermann

Professor Sharon Biermann

Professor/Director of Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC)
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M087)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 3385
Email
sharon.biermann@uwa.edu.au
Location
Room 2.09, Myers Street Building, Perth campus

Director
Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC)

Contact details
Address
Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC)
The University of Western Australia (M087)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 3385
Email
sharon.biermann@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
www.patrec.org
Location
Room 2.09, Myers Street Building, Perth campus
Qualifications
BSc Witw., MSc PhD S.Af.
Biography
Sharon Biermann was appointed in the position of Professor and Director of the Planning and Transportation Research Centre (PATREC,) based at the University of Western Australia, on 1 October 2012.

With a Ph.D. (Geography) from the University of South Africa which delivered an infrastructure potential cost model for integrated land use and infrastructure planning, Sharon Biermann’s key areas of expertise include: scientific research leadership and program management of integrated planning and water projects, Planning Support Systems – computer-based spatial information and knowledge support for integrated urban and regional planning, integrated land use and infrastructure planning and modelling, urban form and sustainable cities and regions and urban water management.

As Program Manager of the South East Queensland Urban Water Security Research Alliance, a five year partnership between the Queensland State Government, CSIRO, The University of Queensland and Griffith University, to help address the drought crisis, Sharon managed the Alliance Program from January 2010 to September 2012. The Program comprised 19 projects in three theme areas aligned with the Water Strategy for South East Queensland (SEQ): Demand Management, Water Quality and Total Water Cycle Planning and Management. In addition, she was more directly involved as the Project Leader for the Water Smart Cities project and was responsible for delivering a component of the Decentralised Systems project concerning rainwater tanks.

Before moving to Australia in December 2009, as Competence Area Manager: Planning Support Systems, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Built Environment, South Africa, Sharon managed four research groups: Urban and Regional Planning, Development Informatics, Geo-modelling and Sustainable Human Settlements, in the successful delivery of a range of integrated planning research projects including: evidence to support the National Spatial Development Perspective; an on-line Integrated Development Planning Information Centre; monitoring, evaluation and reporting methodologies to improve service delivery and the quality of water and sanitation infrastructure and a range of Integrated Development Planning guidelines and capacity building processes. She personally led and published on a number of substantial multi-year, multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary research projects including: The Demonstrator Toolkit for Integrated Planning, the Gauteng Spatial Development Perspective; a series of national level Housing Atlases; and, the Gauteng Directional Change in Housing Locality project, an integrated project investigating the costs and benefits of housing location in Gauteng, South Arica.

Before joining the CSIR, Sharon was Chief Professional Office – Land Use Planning at the Metropolitan Planning Department, Johannesburg City Council, where she was responsible for the metropolitan population and employment databases, metropolitan GIS and spatial analysis. During this time, she completed a part time M.Sc degree by dissertation with the title: “Residential development in the Johannesburg Metropolitan region: an analysis of the dynamics of urban sprawl”. She actively participated in the production of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Integrated Land use/Transportation Plan and was involved in boundary demarcation processes; Integrated Development Frameworks; GIS for metropolitan planning; land identification for low income housing (including specialist studies on land valuations and ownerships, engineering services systems capacity analysis, accessibility analysis, environmental sensitivity) and office location studies.
Publications
SUBSTANTIVE PEER-REVIEWED CONTRACT R&D AND TECHNICAL REPORTS:

=> Republic of South Africa, National Department of Housing 2000: Guidelines for Human Settlement Planning and Design 2000. S Biermann co-ordinator and integration of Planning section (Chapters 1 to 5).
=> Republic of South Africa, National Department of Housing 2002: Housing Atlas – National Housing Spatial Investment Potential Atlas. Author: S Biermann.
=> Housing Finance Resource Programme of The Urban Institute 2004: A cost-benefit comparative assessment of low income housing development localities. An investigation into the energy consumption implications of alternative locations for low income housing development in South African urban areas. Case studies from Johannesburg and Ethekwini. Authors: S Biermann, C Venter and M Van Ryneveld.
=> Republic of South Africa, National Department of Housing 2005: Housing Atlas 2005 – National Housing Spatial Investment Potential Atlas. Authors: S Biermann and K Landman.
=> Gauteng Province, Land Task team 2005: Gauteng low income housing cost benefit study. Component Reports 1 – 5 and Executive Summary. Lead author: S Biermann.
=> Department of Science and Technology 2008: Integrated Planning Development and Modelling project output, web-based portal, Toolkit for Integrated Planning (TIP). http//tip.csir.co.za.
=> Priestley, A.J., Biermann, S. and Laves, G. 2011: Towards Assessment Criteria for Water Sensitive Cities. Urban Water Security Research Alliance Technical Report No. 43.
http://www.urbanwateralliance.org.au/publications/UWSRA-tr43.pdf
=> Biermann, S., Sharma, A., Chong, M.N. Umapathi, S. and Cook, S. 2012: Assessment of the Physical Characteristics of Individual Household Rainwater Tank Systems in South East Queensland. Urban Water Security Research Alliance Technical Report No. 66. http://www.urbanwateralliance.org.au/publications/UWSRA-tr66.pdf
=> Biermann, S., McIntosh, B., Kenway, S. and Priestley, A. 2012: A Research Agenda for Water Smart Tropical and Sub-Tropical Cities and Towns. Urban Water Security Research Alliance Technical Report No. 74. http://www.urbanwateralliance.org.au/publications/UWSRA-tr74.pdf
=> Begbie, D.K., Kenway, S.J., Biermann, S.M. and Wakem, S.L. (eds) 2012: Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement: Building Linkages, Collaboration and Science Quality, Urban Water Security Research Alliance, 19-20 June, Brisbane, Queensland.

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES:

=> Martinus, K. and Biermann, S., 2017. Strategic Planning for Employment Self-Containment in Metropolitan Sub-Regions. Urban Policy and Research, pp.1-12.
=> Moniruzzaman, M., Olaru, D. and Biermann, S., 2017. Assessing the accessibility of activity centres and their prioritisation: a case study for Perth Metropolitan Area. Urban, Planning and Transport Research, 5(1), pp.1-21.
=> Biermann S M 2011: Planning Support Systems in a Multi-Dualistic Spatial Planning Context. Journal of Urban Technology, 18, 4, 5 – 37
=> Van Huyssteen E, Biermann S, Naude A and Le Roux A 2009: Advances in spatial analysis to support a more nuanced reading of the South African space economy. Urban Forum, 20, 95–214
=> Biermann S M 2006: A sustainable livelihood cost benefit model to enhance the understanding of the dynamics between low income housing and location. Town and Regional Planning, 50, 26 – 37.
=> Biermann S M and Landre M 2002: The utilisation of engineering services bulk infrastructure components in integrated development planning, Development Southern Africa, 19, 2.
=> Biermann S M 1997: The strategic identification of suitable land for low income residential development, South African Geographical Journal, Special Issue, November 1997, pp188-194.
=> Sieg S M and Landre M 1991: The measurement of residential sprawl in the Johannesburg Metropolitan area. Town and Regional Planning, no. 30 3-9.

BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS:

=> Biermann, S, Olaru D and Paül V (Eds) 2016. Planning Boomtown and Beyond. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing (In Press)
=> Biermann, S and Martinus K. 2016. Boundary Objects as Tools for Integrated Land Use-Transport Planning. In S Biermann, D Olaru and V Paül (Eds), Planning Boomtown and Beyond. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing (In Press)
=> McCarney, G and Biermann S, 2016. Easing Congestion Through Employment Decentralisation: A Parramatta (or Two) for Perth? In S Biermann, D Olaru and V Paül (Eds), Planning Boomtown and Beyond. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing (In Press)
=> Biermann S and Butler R 2015: Physical verification of household rainwater tank systems, In Rainwater Tank Systems for Urban Water Supply (Ashok K. Sharma, Donald Begbie and Ted Gardner), IWA Publishing, ISBN: 9781780405353.
=> Biermann S 2005: The sustainable location of low-income housing development in South African urban areas, In Sustainable Development and Planning II, Vol. 2 (Ed C A Brebbia and A Kungolos). WIT Press, pp 1165-1173.
=> Biermann S M 2003: An infrastructure potential cost model for integrated land use and infrastructure planning, In Planning Support Systems in Practice (Ed S Geertman and J Stillwell). Berlin: Springer.
=> Biermann S M 2000: Bulk engineering services costs and densities, In Compact Cities: Sustainable urban forms for developing countries? (Ed M Jenks and R Burgess). London: Spon Press.
=> Biermann S M 1999: The strategic identification of suitable land for low income housing: A case study from South Africa. In Spatial Multicriteria Decision making Analysis (Ed. J-C Thill), Ashgate: Aldershot.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

=> Biermann S and Martinus K., 2013: Sufficiency of Employment Self-Sufficiency Targets in Reducing the Need to Travel. Paper presented at SOAC 2013 Conference in Sydney.
=> Biermann S, Sharma A, Chong M and Umapathi, S 2012: Assessment of the Physical Characteristics of Individual Household Rainwater Tank Systems in South East Queensland. Paper presented at the AWA’s Small Wastewater Systems National Conference: Decentralised Water and Wastewater Systems: A solution for environmental and economic sustainability? 26-28 September 2012, Newcastle, NSW.
=> Co-author with Shiroma Maheepala, Biermann, S., Kenway, S., McIntosh, B. and Priestley, A. 2012: A Research Agenda for Water Smart Tropical and Sub-Tropical Cities and Towns, in Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement: Building Linkages, Collaboration and Science Quality, (eds) D.K., Begbie, S.J., Kenway, S.M., Biermann and S.L., Wakem, Urban Water Security Research Alliance, June 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, pp 242.
=> Chong, M.N., Umapathi, S., Mankad, A., Gardner, E.A., Sharma, A. and Biermann, S. 2011: Estimating Water Savings from Mandated Rainwater Tanks in South East Queensland, in Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement: Building Linkages, Collaboration and Science Quality, (eds) D.K., Begbie and S.L., Wakem, Urban Water Security Research Alliance, September 2011, Brisbane, Queensland, pp 31.
=> Biermann S 2009: Planning Support Systems in a multi-dualistic spatial planning context. Peer-reviewed paper presented at the 8th International Urban Planning and Environment conference 23 – 26 March 2009 at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
=> Biermann S M and Van Ryneveld M 2007: Improving the delivery of low income housing in South African urban areas. Paper presented at the Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM) conference, Iguassu Falls Brazil 15 – 17 July 2007.
=> Biermann S M 2005: A cost-benefit approach to the identification of well-located land in rapidly urbanising regions. Paper presented at the 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo 27-29 September 2005.
=> Biermann S M 2004: The sustainable location of low income housing development in South African urban areas. Paper presented at the third international conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability - The Sustainable City 2004 held in Sienna, Italy 16-18 June 2004 and published in book The Sustainable City 2004.
=> Venter C, Biermann S M and Van Ryneveld M 2004. Low-cost housing location in South African cities: empirical findings on costs and benefits. Paper presented at South African Transportation Conference. 14 July 2004. Pretoria.
=> Biermann S M 2003: Urban spatial organisation and energy efficiency. Paper presented at the City Energy Strategies Conference, Cape Town International Convention Centre, 19-21 November 2003.
=> Biermann S M, Venter C and Van Ryneveld M 2003: Costs of peripheral urban development and sustainable urban form: Alexandra vs. Diepsloot. Paper presented at the Technology and Management for Sustainable Buildings conference, Pretoria 26 – 30 May 2003.
=> Biermann S M 2002: Cost variation with density and distance and implications for sustainable urban form. Paper presented at the Fifth Symposium of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association: Creating Sustainable Urban Environments, Oxford 23 – 26 September 2002.
=> Biermann S M 2000: Bulk engineering services costs, densities and sustainable urban form. Paper presented at the Strategies for a Sustainable Built Environment conference, Pretoria 23 – 25 August 2000.
=> Biermann S M and Whisken J 1998: Bulk infrastructure potential cost model for integrated land use and infrastructure planning. Paper presented at the GISDECO conference, Pretoria 1-2 October 1998.
=> Biermann S M, Van Renssen C and Fortuin O 1998: Bulk infrastructure cost model: Integrating engineering services into the strategic planning process. Paper presented at SAICE congress, East London, 6-8 April 1998.
=> Austin A and Biermann S M 1998: Sustainable human settlements: Engineers and planners get their act together, Paper presented at SAICE congress, East London, 6-8 April 1998.
=> Biermann S M, Wall K and Blersch W 1998: The Red Book revision process and collective utilities, Paper presented at SAICE congress, East London, 6-8 April 1998.

ARTICLES:

=> Biermann S 2008: Web portal aids integrated planning. CSIR e-News, December 2008. http://www.csir.co.za/enews/2008_dec/be_04.html.
=> Biermann S 2008: Urban growth modelling for enhanced service delivery. ScienceScope: Art and Science Modelling and Simulation. March 2008. Vol. 2 No. 4, pp 76 - 77.
www.csir.co.za/enews/2008_mar/pdfs/ScienceScope_behavioural.pdf.
=> Biermann S 2008: Locality of subsidised housing in Gauteng to change. ScienceScope: Science for a sustainable earth, Vol. 3, No. 1 June 2008, pp 46 – 48
www.csir.co.za/enews/2008_july/pdfs/sciencescope.pdf.
=> Biermann S 2005: Determining the affordability of housing and infrastructure delivery on well-located land in Gauteng. Technobrief Vol. 14, No. 2 July/August 2005. www.csir.co.za/publications/pdfs/sciencescope/TECHNO_J-AUG2005.pdf.
=> Biermann S M 2004: A cost-benefit approach to the identification of well-located land for low-income housing. URL: http://www.buildnet.co.za/akani/2004/nov/03.html.
=> Biermann S M 2004: The eHouse planning support tool for medium and long term housing strategies. URL: http://www.buildnet.co.za/akani/2004/mar/01.html.
=> Biermann S M 2004: Empirical evidence for the sustainable location of low-income housing development in South Africa. URL: http://www.buildnet.co.za/akani/2004/nov/10.html.
=> Biermann S M 2003: Development costs and energy consumption implications of peripheral vs. more centrally located low income housing developments. Akani July 2003. www.csir.co.za/akani.
=> Biermann S M 2002: Decision support tool assists in identifying suitable locations for housing investment. Akani July 2002. www.csir.co.za/akani.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
=> Scientific research leadership and program management of integrated planning and water projects.
=> Planning Support Systems – computer-based spatial information and knowledge support for integrated urban and regional planning.
=> Integrated land use and infrastructure planning and modelling.
=> Urban water demand management, source water quality and total water cycle planning and management.
=> Impact assessment and multi-criteria evaluation.
=> Land suitability assessment.
=> Population and employment databases.
=> Boundary demarcation.
=> Sustainable livelihoods cost-benefit-affordability modelling and evaluation.
=> Urban form and sustainable cities and regions.
=> Development prioritisation and resource allocation.
=> Integrated development planning, spatial frameworks, structure plans.
=> Scenario planning.
=> Land use – transportation modelling.
=> Infrastructure economics and financing.
Funding received
$805,000.00, 2015: ARC LIEF - LE160100174
$385,600.00, 2015: Department of Transport (Mass Transit Plan for Perth at 3.5 Million and Beyond)
$198,448.00, 2014: AURIN WA Data Hub (Spatial Planning)
$10,000.00, 2014: Freight and Logistics Council of WA (WA Road Freight Network for the Movement of Grain)
$105,000.00, 2014: Main Roads WA (Activity Centres: Making Land Use and Transport Work
$200,000.00, 2013: RAC Transport Research Program
Memberships
IAG Member
Honours and awards
2006 CSIR Built Environment Excellence Award: outstanding contribution by a team for demonstrating world-class research innovation through leadership in the spatial interpretation of current policy as it relates to human settlement and housing locality at a national scale (as captured in the second Housing Atlas).
2005 JD Roberts Award in recognition of research contribution to public sector infrastructure investment and development spending including integrated land use and infrastructure planning, land suitability assessment, development prioritisation and spatial infrastructure economics.
2004 – Finalist in the Science and Technology category of the prestigious Shoprite Checkers / SABC2 Women of the Year Awards, in recognition of women in all spheres who help make South Africa a better place, for her contribution to improving quality of life through improving the locality of low income housing development.
2004 CSIR Boutek Achiever Award: Merit award for technical excellence for setting new standards in research, stakeholder relations, business development and publishing.
2003 CSIR Boutek Achiever Award: Publication award for the Housing Atlas – a technically excellent publication that has broken new ground in terms of a highly technical debate about location and investment decisions of low-income housing to a large number of stakeholders.
2003 CSIR Boutek Achiever Award: Technical Excellence award for outstanding technical contribution to a complex spatial planning debate in South Africa, particularly the location and investment decisions for low income residential development which impacts so fundamentally on the quality of life of our urban population.
2002 Awarded prize for Best Economics paper for paper presented at the Fifth Symposium of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association: Creating Sustainable Urban Environments, Oxford, 23–26 September 2002.
1983 Awarded John Wellington medal for best 3rd year Geography student.
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