ANU mourns Professor Patrick Troy AO

Emeritus Professor Patrick Troy AO was a pivotal figure in urban research in Australia, and renowned internationally.
27 July 2018

He was driven by a strong sense of social equity as well as a passion for sustainability

Patrick Troy passed away on Tuesday 24 July 2018. 

Long time researcher and friend of ANU, Professor Troy was well known across the ANU campus and community. 

He was an engineer, town planner, transport planner and public servant.

He was man with influential ideas, and a great mentor to many of the current cohort of senior researchers and practitioners. His passion was urban development that ensured fairness and equity for people, and environmentally sustainable outcomes.

He published 15 books on cities and many papers on housing, infrastructure, transport, urban planning and development, and energy and water consumption.

Most recently, he was Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, Adjunct Professor at Griffith University and Visiting Professor, City Futures Research Centre, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW.

Patrick grew up in Fremantle where his first career was as a working engineer. His father was a significant figure in the labour movement at this time.

He became Deputy Secretary in the Federal Department of Urban and Regional Development in the Whitlam Government.

He worked as an engineer and planner in state and local government before joining us as a research academic for an incredible 46 years.

He also held numerous public appointments including Deputy Chairman of the Australian Housing Corporation 1984-1992, Member of the Australian Housing Council 1995, Member of the Board of Inquiry into the Administration of Leasehold in the Australian Capital Territory 2003-2006 and Member of the ACT Planning and Land Council.

A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, he was driven by a strong sense of social equity as well as a passion for sustainability.

His passion and energy will be missed across our community.