Dr Sharon Harwood

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Charles Darwin University; Master of Applied Science, James Cook University; Bachelor of Leisure Studies (hons), Griffith University

University Fellow

With a background in urban/regional and social planning, Sharon is passionate about working with communities to develop place-based solutions to development challenges. She has leveraged her planning knowledge and skills to become an award-winning leader with expertise in corporate governance, land use planning, social infrastructure, policy development, and Board-level and stakeholder engagement across the public, private, Indigenous and NFP sectors.

Affiliations / Other honorary appointments

Research Interests

  • Land tenure
  • Private home ownership on Aboriginal lands
  • Economic development in northern Australia
  • Indigenous planning (theory and practice)
  • Inclusive planning
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Disaster resilient communities

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

  • Planning Institute of Australia – Registered Planner, Fellow, member of National Education Committee and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Planning Advisory Group.
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors – Graduate
  • Adjunct Associate Professor – James Cook University

Link to Research Publications

Dr Sharon Harwood


T: 0429 006 431
E: sharon@harwoodplanning.com.au

Queensland and Northern Territory

James Cook University
Cairns, QLD