24 Jun 2022

We are pleased to welcome leading social scientist, planner and strategist, Andrea Kanaris, to support our Community Planning team.

With over 20 years of experience, Andrea provides specialist advice on community planning and is passionate about enriching communities’ quality of life by addressing their concerns. 

Responding to the challenges of air quality, aged-care, indigenous health, housing and homelessness, Andrea’s portfolio of work thrives in mitigating these issues, determined to pave the path for a positive legacy.

“I am committed to the application of social science rigour to the social impact and planning process to ensure a full understanding of the social impacts that inform good design. I am passionate about the mitigation and enhancement strategies that create great outcomes for clients and communities. Urbis provides the opportunity to work alongside well-respected professionals across a broad range of projects and industries to achieve these outcomes.” Andrea says.

Working across Australia, Andrea is dedicated to broadening the application of Social Impact Assessments (SIA) into renewables and other like-minded industries to secure a more sustainable future.

Urbis Group Director, Planning Ray Haeren adds, “Andrea’s expertise in a wide range of social impacts assessments, as well as her health background and collaborative approach, will enable us to continue to expand the breadth and depth of our offer.

Aside from providing advice and assessment in the urban context, Andrea brings strength to our linear social infrastructure assessment as well as within the renewable sector.

Andrea’s appointment demonstrates our commitment to building Australia’s premier social planning team, shaping cities and communities on the east and west coasts and all points in between. Along with fellow Director, Rachel Trigg, we now have two prominent Directors leading an expanded team.”

Andrea will play a significant role in shaping and fostering relationships in the public and private sectors, conducting research, and identifying social impacts and long-term benefits for communities.