Penny Milton

Summer Research scholar
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management

Project: Vertical Mixed Use Communities

I have been investigating vertical mixed use developments (VMUD) within Brisbane’s CBD. I have audited several VMUD in Brisbane based on criteria that I have developed from current literature. Most days I can do my research on the computer, but I have completed several site visits to Brisbane CDB to gain more information about VMUD. I hope that we will have a better understanding of how VMUD are constructed and to see if there is a growing trend to develop more of these structures.

The scholarship is very helpful. Its great being able to study and get paid.

I want to do a thesis in my fourth year and I thought this would be a good idea to help me get a taste of what to expect. I think the biggest help has been learning to gather my own data which will assist me in my other university course. This program also assists me in gaining some work experience which will help me later on when I need to find work.

I found out about the Summer Research Program towards the end of semester 2. The GPEM School sent emails out and I thought it was a great program. I really wanted to do something that would assist me in my studies but also help me to get ahead. Also I want to do Thesis in my fourth year so I wanted have a ‘trial run’ now to see what it was like.

I love Brisbane, there is always something to do and I especially love the culture here! I am originally from Toowoomba which is about 1 ½ hours west of Brisbane. Although I enjoyed growing up it Toowoomba, I am very lucky that I was able to move to Brisbane to study. I live on campus at Duchesne College and it is a wonderful place to start out in Brisbane. I would like to travel at the end of my degree. I really want to travel to Europe and live there for a year or so. UQ is very different to USQ in Toowoomba, it is much bigger and has a more courses offered as well. My favourite thing about UQ is the grounds, I love being able to walk past the lakes and sit in the great court. I often use the walking track around the river. It is a great place to study.

I really want to get into environmental planning, and to look at better of ways of living and constructing cities that are more environmentally friendly. I think students should just do it! It has been a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more and gain more experience as well.

Penny Milton