ProfileDr Sophie Sturup is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Design at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University. She is Deputy Head of Department of Urban Planning and Design and Associate Editor of the Journal of Mega Infrastructure and Sustainable Development.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Science at University of Melbourne in 1994, Dr Sturup worked in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance in the unit established to privatise the state owned electricity and gas services. During this time she developed her own consultancy practice and after the completion of the privatisation process in 1999, she worked in various capacities including as Secretary to the Australian Energy Alliance (providing advice to the APEC Energy Business Network) and on a project to ensure appropriate handling of the contingent liabilities associated with contractors records for Public Record Office Victoria.
Dr Sturup completed a Masters of Science in Geography at University of Oxford in 2006 and completed her PhD “Managing Mentalities of Mega Projects” at University of Melbourne in 2011. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in public sector management from Flinders University, and is recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.
Concerned primarily with mechanisms that allow for the development of what it is to be human, and the emancipation of human being, Dr Sturup's current research interests include: the effective development and harnessing of public private partnerships; ontologies of urban and strategic planning; the technology and ontologies of mega urban transport projects; and effective governance and development of sustainable urban transport networks. Dr Sturup has published 9 refereed journal articles and 6 book chapters. She has attended numerous conferences in Australia and Europe.