Dr Courtney Babb

Curtin University

Dr Courtney Babb is a lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University. He teaches transport planning, participatory planning, urban regeneration and research methods for planners. His research focuses on the relationships between land use and transport; the governance of placemaking and urban regeneration; and institutional dynamics in the planning for and the production of urban places. He has applied a range of methodological and theoretical approaches in his own research and in supervision of planning students, including case studies, spatial analysis, place-audit frameworks, interviews, institutional analysis and actor-network theory.

Dr Robyn Creagh

Senior Lecturer The University of Notre Dame Australia

Dr Robyn Creagh is an applied researcher, passionate teacher and engaging facilitator. Robyn undertakes collaborative research with industry and interdisciplinary partners, at the intersection of built environment design, lived experience and sense of place. She is a Senior Lecturer in the new Master of Architecture program at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle: where she leads the interdisciplinary, creative and applied research stream.

Prior to this she was a Lecturer at Curtin University, teaching in Architecture and Planning. 2014-2016 Robyn held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research. In 2019 her co-edited book Visual Spatial Enquiry: Diagrams and Metaphors for Architects and Spatial Thinkers was published in the Routledge Research in Architecture series. 2017-2019 Robyn was the Joint-Editor for The Architect magazine, the journal of record for the Australian Institute of Architects WA.

Prof. Carey Curtis

Carey Curtis is Professor of City Planning and Transport, Director of the research network Urbanet, Curtin University and Guest Professor University of Lund/K2.  Her research experience spans four decades and has included over 50 projects in both academia and the planning industry.  She has published extensively in the areas of travel behaviour, transport and land use planning, accessibility planning, and institutional barriers to sustainable urban development.

Prof. Billie Giles-Corti

Director, Urban Futures ECP & Healthy Liveable Cities Group    RMIT University

Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Distinguished Professor at RMIT University and Director of its Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform.  She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow and directs the Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group in the Centre for Urban Research.  For over two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing; and she currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities established in 2014.  She is a Technical Advisor of the Victorian Office of the Government Architect’s Design Review Panel, a member of the Victorian Planning Authority’s Precinct Structure Plan Review Committee, Chair of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network’s Academic Sub-Committee, and an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association.  She has published over 300 articles, book chapters and reports, and by citations, is ranked in the top 1% of researchers in her field globally.  She is Fulbright Scholar and in 2016, was awarded an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship as the top ranked female public health fellow in 2015.

Dr Cole Hendrigan

Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

Cole has worked in urban design offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Abu Dhabi and twice worked in local governments in public realm amenity provision. Cole is registered with the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects, the Planning Institute of Australia and with the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  Cole has achieved a PhD with ARC and CRC scholarships and been persuasive in national and state transport policy settings. His research has led to several papers, a book chapter and one book. He has travelled extensively, particularly to the neighbourhoods beyond the ends of rail lines, to find where people live who make a city.   Cole has also been a logger and organic food grower in northern British Columbia, a fire lookout the wilderness of Alberta, a library assistant, a water truck driver, and if he wasn’t an academic now he’d be focused on making beautiful places.

A/Prof. Donna Houston

Associate Professor Macquarie University

Dr Michael Hughes

Senior Lecturer, Environmental Management, Murdoch University

I am a senior lecturer at Murdoch University teaching and researching in the field of environmental management.  My background includes qualifications in environmental biology, natural resource management, protected area management and nature based recreation and tourism management.  I coordinate and teach units in Environmental Management at the undergraduate and post graduate levels.  My current research generally focuses on reconciling policy and management of the natural environment for different values. I conduct research on how people interact with and value urban/peri urban green and blue spaces and how this can be managed for the benefit of both and have published a number of scholarly papers in this area.

Prof. Roy Jones

Emeritus Professor, Curtin University

Emeritus Professor Roy Jones was Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University from 2007-2012. He was also Head of the School of Social Sciences and Asian Languages for six years. As Dean, Roy was responsible for improving the faculty’s research performance and for mentoring academics across a wide range of fields from construction management to the visual arts.

Roy is the author of more than 100 refereed publications and has held several ARC grants, and been funded by two CRCs, government departments and industry. He has been an assessor of ARC Discovery and Linkage grant applications and served as an evaluator for the ERA 2010 and 2012 rounds.


Ms Anna Leditschke

Tutor School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

Anna’s research interests focus on governance, ethics and stakeholder consultation and engagement. She recently completed her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Australia. Her thesis explored how a range of stakeholders understood notions of justice and fair process within a highly contentious planning decision in South Australia. Anna currently works as a researcher and lecturer at UniSA, exploring areas ranging from design for health and wellbeing, government planning policy and strategy, and heritage management.

Dr Diana MacCallum

Senior Lecturer Curtin University

Diana MacCallum is a senior lecturer at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.  Her main research interests centre on planning and development in their social aspects, and include practices and discourses of governance, politics and grass-roots action.

Assoc Prof. Paul Maginn

The University of Western Australia

Paul Maginn (aka @Planographer) is Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UWA. His research interests include: strategic planning, suburbia, the sex industry and urban politics. He is Editor-in-Chief of Urban Policy and Research, and a founding member of the Urban Broadcast Collective, an academic podcast on all things cities.

Prof. Susan Thompson

Professor And Head, City Wellbeing Program, City Futures Research Centre, The University of NSW

Prof Oren Yiftachel

Visiting Leverhulme Professor, Dept. of Geography and DPU, University College London; Department of Geography and Environmental Development’ Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Chair in Urban Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel

Oren Yiftachel is a professor of urban studies and political and legal geography at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba and is a Leverhulme Professor at University College London. Yiftachel holds the Hurst Family Chair for Urban Studies at Ben-Gurion University. Yiftachel graduated from Australian and Israeli universities, and has taught and researched at a range of international bodies including RMIT and Curtin Universities in Australia, Columbia, Berkeley and University of Pennsylvania, University of Cape Town and Ca-Foscari University of Venice… His research has focused on critical understandings of the relations between space, power and conflict. He has published over 100 articles and ten authored and edited books, including Urban and Regional Planning in Western Australia (1992, with Dave Hedgcock; Paradigm Press); Planning as Control: Policy and Resistance in Divided Societies (Pergamon, 1995); Ethnocracy: Land and Identity Politics in Israel/Palestine (Penn 2006); Indigenous (in) Justice (Harvard, 2012) and Emptied Lands: Legal Geography of Bedouins in the Negev (2018 Stanford rights and civil society organizations, including CityVision and Fringedwellers (Perth), the RCUV — council for unrecognized Bedouin villages, “Adva” – Centre for social equality (Israel), and as the chair of B’Tselem – monitoring human rights violations in the Palestinian Territories. Recently, he founded with colleagues a new decolonizing peace movement for Israel/Palestine – “A Land for all — two states, one homeland”.

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Abstract Submission Opens:
Now open

Abstract Submission Fully Peer-Reviewed Abstract Closes:
8 March 2019

Abstract Submission Extended Abstract and Presentation Closes:
31 March 2019

PhD/ECR Symposium:
30 Nov – 2 Dec

SOAC Conference:
3 – 5 December

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