ACRN Committee


ACRN Committee

Wendy Steele

Assoc Professor (Urban Planning and Sustainability)
Centre for Urban Research/ School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University, Melbourne

Wendy is the co-convenor of the Critical Urban Governance Research Program in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT (with Libby Porter). Her research focuses on cities in climate change with a particular emphasis on questions of equity, justice and resilience at the local scale, and the implications for sustainability-led policy and planning. She has led ARC projects on critical urban infrastructure and social innovation for climate adaptation in the Australian city context and was a previous recipient of the Peter Harrison Memorial Award. Her books include ‘Planning Wild Cities: Human-nature relations in the urban age’, ‘Global City Challenges’, ‘Planning Across Borders’ and ‘A Climate for Growth ’.

Paul J. Maginn

Assoc Professor (Urban/Regional Planning)
Dept of Geography and Planning
University of Western Australia

Paul is Co-Convenor of the Australasian Cities Research Network and was Co-chair of the 2019 and 2009 State of Australian Cities conference, and Chair of the 2011 World Planning School Congress. He is Editor-in-Chief of Urban Policy and Research and is on the Board of Sexual Health Quarters in Perth (WA).

Paul’s research focuses on:

(i) strategic planning and planning reform;
(ii) social and cultural aspects of suburbia;
(iii) representation and multiculturalism; and
(iv) geographies and regulation of the sex industry.

He is the author/co-editor of 6 books including: Disruptive Urbanism (2020); (Sub)Urban Sexscapes (2015); and, Planning Australia (2012).

Jago Dodson

Professor of Urban Policy and Director, Centre for Urban Research
School of GLobal Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University

Jago has a research record across housing, transport, urban
planning, infrastructure, governance and urban theory. He has been active in urban debates
in Australia among scholarly and public forums and has led major national research centres
at Griffith and RMIT universities. Jago has been a contributor to ACRN since the first State
of Australian Cities conference in 2003 and served as network convener during 2012-2017.

Paul Burton

Professor of Urban Management and Planning and Director, Cities Research Institute
School of Environment and Science
Griffith University

Paul trained and worked as a planner in London before joining the School for Advanced Urban Studies at the University of Bristol, where he carried out research on various urban policy issues including homelessness and living conditions in European cities, the interaction of housing and labour markets and new political management structures in British local government. Since joining Griffith University in 2007 his research has focussed on metropolitan and multi-level governance, the professional lives of planners and planning for climate change in coastal cities. Paul is a member of the National Education Committee of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Iain White

Professor of Environmental Planning
School of Social Science
University of Waikato

Before moving to the University of Waikato in New Zealand in 2013, Iain was a planning academic at the University of Manchester and the Director for the Centre of Urban and Regional Ecology there. He is committed to engaging beyond the discipline to researchers, practitioners and communities to generate real world impact. This focus typically spans the science-policy-practice interface, from theory all the way through to outcomes. He has recently applied this approach to analysing why systemic change is so difficult, in particular with regard to new forms of spatial development, climate change adaptation, and addressing the housing crisis.

Carl Grodach

Professor and Director, Urban Planning and Design
Urban Planning and Design
Monash University, Melbourne

Carl is Foundation Professor and Director of Urban Planning and Design at Monash University. His research focuses particularly on community and economic development challenges. Current work concentrates on urban manufacturing economies and how zoning and other planning mechanisms shape industry development, interaction, and agglomeration. He is also part of a multi-university team working to establish iHUB- a nationally networked digital infrastructure platform for built environment research and engagement.

He is author of the book Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (Routledge, 2015) and editor of The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2013).

Nicole Gurran

Professor Urban and Regional Planning
School of Architecture, Design and Planning
University of Sydney

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney, where she directs the University’s AHURI (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute) research centre, and teaches across the University’s urbanism degrees. Her research focuses on intersections between urban planning and the housing system, planning for climate change, and sustainable regional development. Her books include Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong, (Routledge, July 2016), Australian Urban Land Use Planning: Principles, Policy, and Practice (2011), and Urban Planning and the housing market (2017, Palgrave).  She remains active in planning practice as a State appointed member of the Sydney Planning Panels.

Emma Baker

Professor of Housing Research
School of Architecture and the Built Environment and the Stretton Institute
University of Adelaide

Emma is Professor of Housing Research at the University of Adelaide where she leads the Housing and Healthy Cities Research Group and is Director of the Master of Planning. Her research examines the cumulative effects of housing, environmental, locational and socioeconomic vulnerabilities on wellbeing, with particular interests in utilising large longitudinal, administrative datasets to create knowledge that responds to real policy problems. She is currently leading the construction of a national housing conditions dataset. Recent publications include an analysis of the effects of cold housing on individual health, a quantification of the health outcomes of housing security and stability, and assessment of the cumulative influence of multiple housing problems on health and wellbeing.

Elizabeth Adamczyk

Early Career Academic
Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, School of Environmental and Life Sciences
University of Newcastle

Liz is an early career academic at the University of Newcastle, where her research and teaching explores the capacity of urban economies to produce more just, democratic, and ecological outcomes. She is active on the ACRN and the Australasian Early Career Urban Researchers Network (AECURN) in working to create platforms for the voices and visibility of early career academics in urban research and practice.