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Stephen Yarwood

Stephen Yarwood

Passionate about cities and innovation, Stephen Yarwood is a well-known and respected contemporary Urban Planner in Australia who consults internationally as an Urban Futurist. The former Lord Mayor of Adelaide and founder of city2050, he specialises in the future of cities and innovation in urban development; governance, leadership, strategic planning, policy development, master planning and place making.

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Testimonials for Stephen Yarwood

Stephen is a visionary urbanist. A strategic thinker with an intimate understanding of how cities work today and should work in the future. Any city would benefit from his ideas and efforts.

Lisa Scaffidi - Lord Mayor of Perth, Australia


Entertaining and thoughtful presentation.  Challenged the status quo and encouraged everyone to look beyond the present and consider opportunities and innovation into the future.

City of Stonnington


Stephen intimately understands cities and the role of innovation and technology in their evolution.  He is a dynamic thinker, effective collaborator and articulate communicator.

Hon. Jay Wetherill - Premier of South Australia


Stephen is a big picture thinker able to distill complex ideas into useful solutions and real outcomes.  His understanding of how cities work is outstanding and his commitment to advancing the planning profession, in a time of rapid change, is highly regarded in Australia.

Commonwealth Association of Planners & Past President, Planning Institute of Australia


Stephen is an extremely well respected innovative and creative urban expert that is visionary but practical.  His knowledge and experience would be a valuable asset to cities preparing for the future.

Past President, Australian Local Government Association & former Mayor of Marion


A brilliantly innovative talk – clearly the best delivery for the last few years

Sir Bob Harvey - former Mayor of Waitakere City, New Zealand

Stephen Yarwood Travels from SA
Fee Range: POA

Stephen Yarwood's Biography

Passionate about cities and innovation, Stephen Yarwood is a respected Urbanist and award-winning member of the Planning Institute of Australia considered an international thought leader on “the future citizen”.


He helps communities and corporations maximise the relationship between people, technology, infrastructure, society, the economy, environment and cities.


His linked in profile has a detailed career summary and a list of endorsed skills and recommendations.


city2050 works with elected members, executives, planners, community leaders, change makers and stakeholders to create preferred futures via:

  • • Preparing & facilitating strategic planning workshops
  • • Corporate, city & community strategic planning programs
  • • Tailored training & development
  • • Chairing meetings, delivering presentations & stakeholder engagement
  • • Diagnostic assessment/review of strategies, policies & projects
  • • Coaching & mentoring Elected Members & staff
  • • Project planning & implementation

Clients include most Australian State Governments/LGAs & Local Governments throughout Australia, New Zealand & Saudi Arabia on topics such as:

  • • City Governance & Corporate Planning
  • • Urban Futures & Strategic Planning
  • • Smart Cities & Citizens - technology, cities & communities
  • • City systems, land use planning, urban centres & place making
  • • Post COVID-19 cities & communities - planning & implementation
  • • Economic & Environmental Futures
  • • Transport & Infrastructure Futures

Speaking Topics Include


Contemporary Leadership

Understanding Strategic Planning

Working with Elected Members

Understanding Change and your role in it

Creating The Future: Self and Strategy


Urban Futures

The global Business of Cities

city2050 – ideas and opportunities

Technology and cities

Artificial Intelligence and cities

Geospatial gaming and cities


Transport Futures

The future of transport

Electric engines and cities

Autonomous vehicles – what it really means

Cycling in 2050

The future of roads and footpaths


Smart Cities and Citizens

The future of government

The future of infrastructure

Water futures

The home in 2050

The share economy and cities


Urban Planning, resilient communities and place making

Planning “101” – creating places for people

Caring for urban environments

Tools for making great places

What makes a great student city

What makes a great street

Why healthy cities are so important