Dr Annette Kroen

Annette Kroen is an urban and regional planner with expertise in outer suburban development, integrated land use and transport planning, community engagement, urban governance, and policy analysis.

Annette’s research explores suburban growth areas, transport choice, social connectedness, resilience and the relation between disaster management and planning policy.

Currently, she is working on projects investigating housing policy, settlement planning, and disaster prevention, preparedness and response; social connectedness in communities on the urban fringe; and the long-term impacts of place-making and innovation initiatives in a master-planned estate.

Annette is interested in research on the benefits of social infrastructure, communities in new suburbs, the connection between planning and disaster management, and active and public transport.

Prior to joining RMIT University, Annette was a Research Fellow at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany. There, she was part of the research and development project “QuartiersNETZ”, which explored the involvement of older people into participative neighbourhood development as well as the development and testing of innovative senior-focused technical interaction and communication media. She has also worked in transport and planning with the Victorian government as well as a consultant and facilitator on a range of planning related projects.

Related Content


Activating social connection to address isolation in Australia


Australian Research Council Linkage Project 2022–25

People and Place at Minta Farm

2020 (ongoing)

People and Place at Minta is a longitudinal study exploring the long-term impacts of place-making and innovation initiatives at Stockland’s Minta Farm estate on residents’ sense of wellbeing and active connections to place.

Early delivery of equitable and healthy transport options in new suburbs


The project will produce evidence and tools to assist both the public and private sectors provide transport options to residents of Melbourne’s new suburbs as soon as they move in.

News & Blog


Reform how our cities are governed to manage urgent urban challenges: report

17 March 2021

Local government collaboration with metropolitan governance in Australian cities must reform to better address urgent urban issues such as climate change action, population growth and urban sprawl, finds new AHURI research.


Ten ways RMIT research is helping to build a more sustainable future

21 September 2020

From turning back the emissions clock to building more durable roads from old tyres, RMIT researchers are tackling today’s biggest challenges and developing solutions for a more sustainable world.


Seven ways climate change affects key Federal Election issues

06 May 2019

Climate action is rated as a top priority among voters in the lead up to this year’s Federal Election. How does it affect other key campaign issues?


Meet the women helping plan the cities of tomorrow

05 March 2019

As Melbourne grows, we need to better plan how we build healthy, equitable and liveable cities. Here four RMIT researchers talk about how their work is helping deliver better cities.


Livin’ on the edge: How to plan a new suburb on Melbourne’s fringe

18 February 2019

With the Victorian Government releasing 50,000 housing lots for 12 new suburbs on Melbourne’s urban fringe, how can we ensure new areas like these are liveable and thrive?


Researchers inviting participants for transport project

22 August 2018

A team of researchers at RMIT University are seeking interview participants for the project “Early delivery of equitable and healthy transport options in new suburbs: Critical reform and tools”.