• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Matthew Tonts is Professor of Geography and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.  He joined UWA in 2001, and was formerly the Head of the School of Earth and Environment (2010-2016) and Director of the Institute for Regional Development (2005-2010).

Matthew's research and education interests are broad, spanning environmental geography, regional development, rural communities and spatial planning. He has over 150 scholarly publications in these areas, and supervised more than 40 PhD students to completion. His has undertaken work with a diverse range of Commonwealth and State government organisations, local governments and not-for-profit organisations on matters related to regional development, environmental management, urban systems and spatial planning. He has also led UWA's research partnership with the Committee for Perth since 2008. In 2020, Matthew was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Environmental geography
  • Regional development
  • Rural communities
  • Spatial planning
  • Urban geography
  • Western Australia
  • Geography


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