Vice Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, RMIT University

Elizabeth is a Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research (CUR). She was previously a McKenzie Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Her interests are in policy-focused research across urban planning, housing markets, property rights and locational conflict and her research often makes use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). An increasing research focus is car parking policy.
Her PhD thesis investigated the role of land use planning in housing affordability problems in Melbourne and focused on the influence of housing interest groups. Her publications have explored the housing market implications of urban containment policies (Urban Growth Boundaries and higher density housing); the contested role of research in planning practice; and the ‘Not in My Back Yard’ (NIMBY) phenomenon. The latter includes food, waste and animal-based land uses that expose contradictions in the distribution of rights associated with production and consumption. A sole-authored journal publication by Elizabeth on spatial patterns of opposition to higher density housing was awarded the Journal Urban Policy and Research’s 2012 Brian McLaughlin Award for outstanding contributions by emerging scholars.

Elizabeth's research into planning conflict led to her interest in car parking policy: her research quantifying the prevalence of parking as a key issue in Victorian planning appeals was published in Planning Theory and Practice in 2014.

Her research has been supported by grants from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (“Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multi- analysis of area effects”, 2011, with Sharon Parkinson, Melek Cigdem, and Rachel Ong; “Resident Third Party Objections and Appeals against Planning Applications”, 2011, with Nicole Cook, Joe Hurley, and Val Colic-Peisker); The Henry Halloran Research Trust (“Facilitating Professional Engagement with Planning Research”, 2013, with Joe Hurley); and The Carlton Connect Initiatives Fund (“Shading Liveable Cities”, 2014, with Stephen Livesley, Nicole Cook, and Melanie Davern)..


  • 2012–present
    McKenzie Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne
  • 2007–2011
    Research Officer, AHURI-RMIT Research Centre
  • 2002–2005
    Research Fellow , National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM)


  • 2011 
    RMIT University, PhD
  • 2002 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development (Hons.)

Research Areas

  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)