Obituary: Professor Greg G. Brown

Very sad news. Our former colleague Greg Brown passed away on 2 January 2020 in California.

He was part of the UQ Planning program from 2011 to 2016 when he moved back to the US to become Professor and Head of the Department of Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University.

At UQ, Greg was Head of the Planning program and also Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. He provided effective and fair leadership and was a creative thinker. He was a very generous colleague, always ready to support his peers and students. As one of our colleagues recently mentioned, ‘he was truly one in a million’. His departure from UQ left a big void.

Greg taught and conducted research on environmental planning and policy. As a teacher, he was one of the most accomplished teachers in our School and his students were grateful to him for his dedication, passion and engaging lectures. As a researcher, he was a prolific writer and became globally known for his research and contribution to PPGIS (Public Participation Geographic Information Systems). He founded the online Landscape Values and PPGIS Institute to facilitate global research and communication about participatory spatial planning methods.

His contribution to this area of knowledge was immense and he was one of the most cited researchers in this field.

As a mentor, he was known as one of the best and practised an ‘open door’ policy where everyone was welcome to his office to have a conversation and ask for advice at any time. He always tried his utmost to help and offer solutions. Many of us would not have managed to navigate the complexity of ‘academic life’ without his advice and support.

In Australia, he loved walking everywhere, in the city and in the bush. He also loved talking to kangaroos, eating three red apples for lunch and enjoying a bottle of ‘Little Creatures’ in the evening with friends and family.

He was a wonderful and generous colleague, mentor, friend, father and husband. We all need more Greg’s in our lives. He will be greatly missed.



3 thoughts on “Obituary: Professor Greg G. Brown

  1. Very sad. Greg will chat you in the tea room on Mondays to find more about what GPEM Postgraduate students were up to and we were progressing with work. He told me to come and speak to him anytime about my work. He wanted to visit Ghana. He told me his children came from Africa. He loves everyone. Greg rest well with your maker.

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