Gregor Mews

Founder and Director of Urban Synergies Group

Gregor H Mews is an internationally recognised urban planner and designer. He dedicates his energy to make people feel cosy and comfortable in different environments.  In order to enable meaningful change, he founded in 2013 the international „Think and Do” Tank Urban Synergies Group. Greg utilises skills in integrated urban design and sustainable transport to facilitate and integrate healthier and climate resilient environments that promote interaction and well‐being.

In the role of the Director, Greg provides strategic policy advice in international context and advocates for better design outcomes in urban systems for example as a Steering Committee member of UN-Habitats World Urban Campaign. He is also an active member of the General Assembly of Partners to UN-Habitat, International Play Association and the Planning Institute of Australia

Over the course of his career, Greg has received several highly regarded scholarships and multiple work-related awards. He is also published author and lectures around the world including Yale University, USA, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and University of Canberra, Australia, where he holds an honorary adjunct position at the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health is about to complete a PhD related to play in public spaces.

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Childhood Summit 2019 Keynote - Infrastructure -

Urban infrastructure for social inclusion

Day 3 Afternoon - Keynote

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Urban infrastructure for social inclusion 

Keynote Synopsis for the Childhood Summit 2019 Event 

Urban living in the early part of the 21st century has not been good for children. The present generation in cities are the least fit and the fattest they have ever been. Social marginalisation, mental health issues and serious cardio-metabolic disorders have been on the rise in adolescence and early adulthood. On a more positive note, there is good international research evidence that many of these unwelcome facets of modern lifestyles for children could be eradicated through relatively small adjustments to urban infrastructure, such as holistic play spaces and active travel to and from school.


This contribution will focus on urban environments that foster healthy childhood development in the broadest sense of this term i.e. including mental and physical capacities, social and psychological development and connectedness to community. The presenter will make the connections between effective policy arguments and advocacy pathways that led to a paradigm shift in the way infrastructure projects cater for the needs for children by drawing attention to practical international as well as Australian case studies.

At the end the participants will be able to reflect critically on the provision of infrastructure associated to the lived community values. Furthermore, the reframing will assist in the way we perceive urban infrastructure and help to identify potential pathways that can improve outcomes for children. 

Questions to ask yourself:

Are you unhappy about the way how urban infrastructure is provided for children in your city and you are hungry for change? 

Do you want to know how infrastructure provision looks and feel like where happiness or wellbeing is seriously considered?

Have you wondered what are effective policy arguments and advocacy pathways that can help you to achieve better outcomes for children in your city?