Global South | Independant urban design, research and collaboration
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Global South is a socially-focussed “do-tank” combining research, leadership and action in urban strategy, design and partnered delivery.

We work through collaboration, with the most effective, skilled and committed teams. We partner with the public sector and civil society, through project initiation, stewardship and implementation.

Our projects must encompass a shared commitment to:

  • Research and active learning for all participants, building open knowledge to inform future work;
  • Design excellence;
  • Civic responsibility, seeking and delivering improved urban conditions;
  • Collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit.

The global Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda provide a framework for our work.

Let’s work together.


Global South, Founder


Architect/Urbanist Simon McPherson is a leading cities thinker and practitioner, based in Melbourne. Currently completing the inaugural Executive Masters in Cities at the London School of Economics, Simon brings extensive experience and advanced skills in urban analysis, strategy, design and delivery.

His broad portfolio of projects span policy, design review, precinct master planning, concept design, design advice and expert witness/advocacy, in Australia and the UK.

He is a registered Architect, with post-graduate qualifications from the University of Melbourne and University College London.

Click here to view Simon’s CV



Global South is eager to collaborate, taking real action towards tangible urban improvements and innovation in our cities and towns.

Let’s talk about how we can work together.