ACRN Committee

Professor Nicole Gurran, ACRN Co-Chair

The University of Sydney
School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney, where she leads Urban Housing Lab@Sydney and directs the University’s AHURI (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute) research centre. Nicole’s research focuses on intersections between urban planning and the housing system and she has led and collaborated on a series of studies on aspects of urban policy, housing, sustainability and planning, funded by AHURI, the Australian Research Council, as well as state and local government. Her current research is examining affordable rental supply, informal housing provision, and the impacts of online holiday rental platforms for local communities. Nicole has authored and co-authored numerous publications and books including 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).

Assoc. Prof. Paul J. Maginn, ACRN Co-Chair

The University of Western Australia
Geography and Planning
@planographer / @suburbanistapod

Paul Maginn is Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Western Australia. He is also the Co-Chair of the 2019 State of Australian Cities conference and Editor-in-Chief of Urban Policy and Research. Paul is the co-editor of several books including: Qualitative Urban Analysis: An International Perspective; Qualitative Housing Analysis: An International Perspective; Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning; and (Sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry which won the 2016 PIA (National) Award for Excellence in Cutting Edge Research and Teaching. Paul’s research expertise include strategic metropolitan planning; urban policy and politics; suburbia; geographies/regulation of commercial sex premises and sex work, and, online porn consumption, He is a founding member of the Urban Broadcast Collective (@UrbanPodcasts) a network of Australian academic podcasters.

Professor Paul Burton

Griffith University
Cities Research Institute

Paul Burton is Professor of Urban Management and Planning and Director of the Cities Research Institute at Griffith University.  He joined the Urban Research Program at Griffith in 2007 and was previously Head of the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, UK, which he joined in 1980 to carry out research for his PhD on the redevelopment of London’s docklands.  Paul has a long-standing research interest in planning theory and the nature of policy making, in community engagement and public participation and in multi-level governance.  His current research is focused on the everyday professional lives of planners, on emerging ways in which cities are reimagining their relationships with water and oceans, and on urban leadership and governance at the global scale.


Professor Emma Baker

University of Adelaide
Healthy Cities Research Group

Emma Baker is Professor of Housing at the University of Adelaide, where she heads the Healthy Cities Research Group.  Her work examines the impact of housing and location in urban and regional environments, producing academic, as well as policy-relevant research. Her recent publications include analyses of the housing implications of economic, social, and spatial change in Australia, work quantifying health effects of housing tenure and affordability, research on the effects of precarious and vulnerable housing. Her current ARC Future fellowship investigates multiple housing problems and their effects on health and wellbeing.


Elizabeth Adamczyk, AECURN Representative

University of Newcastle
Centres for Urban and Regional Studies

Elizabeth Adamczyk is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. She is affiliated with the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURs), a research Centre that focuses on the complex questions around how cities as dynamic spaces both mirror and mould social, cultural, political-economic and environmental processes. As National Co-Chair of AECURN (the Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network) she is committed to building connectivity within and to the network, and increasing the strength of fellow Early Career Researchers in urban dialogues.


Professor Jago Dodson

RMIT University
Centre for Urban Research

Jago Dodson is Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. His research has addressed problems in housing, transport, urban planning and infrastructure in Australia and internationally. He has a record of over 90 scholarly publications and has been awarded grants by the ARC, AHURI, and the European Union. He is a regular commentator on urban affairs in Australia. Jago has previously served as the Chair of ACRN and oversaw the network’s transition to the current governance model as well as instituting the ACRN Medal.  


Associate Professor Wendy Steele

RMIT University
Cities, Sustainability and Planning, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) and the Centre for Urban Research (CUR)

Wendy Steele is an Associate Professor in Cities, Sustainability and Planning co-located in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) and the Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her research focuses on wild cities in a climate of change with current projects on critical infrastructure, climate adaptation at the local scale, metropolitan governance, and new directions in planning theory. She is the co-convenor of the Institute of Australian Geographers Urban Geography Study Group (IAG-USG), co-convenor of the Critical Urban Governance Research Program at RMIT and sits on the international editorial board for the Urban Policy and Research and Sustainability journals. She was a previous recipient of the Peter Harrison Memorial Award (2009).


Professor Carl Grodach

Monash University
Director, Urban Planning and Design, Director, Monash Urban Lab, Monash Art Design & Architecture

Carl Grodach is Foundation Professor and Director of Urban Planning & Design and Director of the Monash Urban Lab at Monash University. Prof. Grodach’s research centres on community economic development, cultural planning and policy, and precinct-level revitalisation. He has published extensively in leading urban studies and planning journals. 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). He currently leads the Australian Research Council project Urban cultural policy and the changing dynamics of cultural production and has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust, and the Government of Canada. For over ten years, Prof. Grodach has worked with his students to produce a diverse set of award-winning plans and studies for community organisations and government in Australia and the US.


Associate Professor Isil Erol

Queensland University of Technology
Property at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Isil Erol is an urban economist whose research mainly focuses on the property finance area. Her educational background is interdisciplinary. Dr. Erol received her Bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning (1998), MSc degree in Economics (2000) from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, her MPhil degree in Land Economy (2001) and PhD degree in Real Estate Finance (2004) from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Erol is currently working as the Associate Professor of Property at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment in Queensland University of Technology. She has led and collaborated in a series of research projects on the financialization of housing markets, financing urban transformation projects in Istanbul, declining homeownership rate in Turkey, pricing publicly-traded REITs, spatial analysis of commercial property rents in Istanbul CBD, and pricing fixed-rate mortgage contracts in inflationary economies, funded by World Bank, EU – European Commission 7th Framework Program, and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

Dr. Erol has authored and co-authored publications in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Urban Geography, Journal of Housing and Built Environment, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Applied Economics, Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, International Real Estate Review, and METU Journal of Faculty of Architecture.


Dr Jasmine S Palmer

AECURN Representative
Independent Housing Researcher

Jasmine is an architect, educator, and researcher with a passion for citizen-led housing initiatives. Her PhD research at the University of Adelaide (Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning) examined the Australian multi-unit housing provision system in comparison with international cases; identifying existing barriers to householder involvement in infill development. She has had a long-term association with the University of South Australia teaching in the Architecture and Sustainable Design programmes(1998-2018). She has also taught in Spain and China, and in 2018 was visiting researcher at the Technical University of Delft Collaborative Housing ‘Co-Lab’ in the Netherlands. Jasmine’s ongoing research in this field ultimately aims to enable households to collectively ‘self-develop’, contributing to a more sustainable urban future.


Professor Iain White

The University of Waikato
School of Social Science

Iain White is Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato. He is committed to engaging beyond the discipline to researchers, practitioners and communities to conduct science in a way that generates real world impact. This focus typically investigates critically the nature of the science-policy-practice interface, tracing theory and science through to policy and outcomes. This approach has been applied most notably with regard to natural hazards, risk and resilience, and most recently relating to housing quantity and quality. In addition to academic articles, Iain has authored, co-authored, or edited four books; Water and the City (Routledge, 2010), Environmental Planning in Context (Palgrave, 2015), Why Plan? Planning Theory for Practitioners (Lund Humphries, 2019), and the Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning(Routledge, 2019).

Key Dates

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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