Thesis Title: Analysing Urban Growth in Brunei: a focus on land-use, accessibility, and policy
Primary Supervisor: Dr. Adam Dennett
Secondary Supervisor/s: Dr. Elsa Arcaute and Dr. Andrew MacLachlan
Start Date: December 2016
Projected Completion Date: December 2019
Matthew has a keen interest in the spatiotemporal progression of land-use and land-cover in the developing world and their impacts on the spatial function of the built environment. His thesis investigates the effects of development and master-planning policies in Brunei and quantifies the observed changes in land-use that arise from them. In particular, he looks at the extent to which residential land-use and low-density public housing initiatives in Brunei have evolved, with respect to land-consumption, mobility, and access to essential urban amenities. The broad objectives of his work are to evaluate how the generation and quantification of spatial data-sets can be used to assess, substantiate, and inform development strategies and planning futures in fast-developing regions of the world. His thesis is approached through remote-sensing analysis and raster-based data extractions, in addition to network analysis and spatial interaction modelling.