Shoal introduces ‘systems thinking’ at Planning Institute Conference

Today, Shoal project management and planning expert, Kosta Livaditis, will be illustrating how systems thinking adds value to planning projects at the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) South Australia State Conference. Kosta is amongst a range of speakers at this year’s conference, titled ‘Meeting the Challenge’, who aim to explore and share how to deliver a stronger and more inclusive future by striking a balance between competing priorities in the urban environment.

Systems thinking, a key area of expertise at Shoal, has long been applied in the Defence, Space and Transport sectors. Its application in transport and urban planning delivers many benefits, particularly in building a stronger and more inclusive planning process. As planning is a complex field, regularly bringing together niche expertise to deliver outcomes, systems thinking is an approach that applies equally to this sector.

At Shoal, Kosta specialises in project delivery, using systems thinking in project management, project delivery, stakeholder and community engagement. His projects span transport and infrastructure, state and local government, and extends to project managing interstate and international teams. Qualified in Project Management and Urban and Regional Planning gives him a unique perspective, which he will share in his presentation.



Demonstrating how systems thinking provides value add to planning projects and helps planners navigate through complexity with projects and stakeholders.

Why should we be talking about systems thinking in planning and in particular, within transport planning? What are some of the drivers of change we see today and how a systems thinking approach add value to projects as well as improve stakeholder relations? The presentation will factor how systems thinking can help to deliver a stronger and more inclusive planning process.