Jack Barton

Current positions held

Project Officer – Arts, Design & Architecture – School of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney


Dr Jack Barton manages the Geospatial Research Innovation and Development (GRID) lab at UNSW Sydney and is an Adjunct Professor at the Far Eastern University, Manila. Jack has worked as a Senior Research Fellow, City Futures Research Centre (2004–2010), Urban Data eResearch Facilitator at the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)(2013–2017) and as Associate, Digital Delivery at SGS Economics and Planning (2018–2019). Jack is experienced in working in a cross-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder engagement environments and collaborates closely with research, industry and government stakeholders Nationally and internationally.

Jack has presented keynote addresses at OSGIS (Nottingham, 2014), SIMPI (Manila, 2016) and sits on the Scientific Committees for the Urban Data Management Society (UDMS), the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). Jack co-convened the International Climate Change Disaster Management conference (GI4DM2020) and convened MicroSimSym14 MicroSimulation Symposium with the National Centre for Economic Modelling (NATSEM). Jack was on the AURIN Management Committee and Academic Subcommittee (2013–2017) and is currently a member of the Academic cohort in the Smart Cities Council Digital Twin Challenge.

Jack completed his PhD in Architecture (2008) developing a 3D Spatial Decision Support System for the Management of Public Housing. He has managed his own consultancy for over two decades specialising in urban modelling/simulation and 3D geospatial analysis. Contracts include working as 3D Project Manager for the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 with Spinifex Interactive, 3D scoping reports AURIN (2012), City of Sydney (2006), Sydney City Map 2000, winning East Darling Harbour (Barangaroo) competition entry with Hill/Thallis/Berkemyer (2006) and animations for Sydney Sustainable 2030 (2008) and Car-free George St. (2010), as presented to NSW Premier Kristina Keneally and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.