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Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Dr Kelly is a Research Fellow at the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub and the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT.

He is currently working on two projects in Melbourne: 1) investigating the social and biodiversity benefits of urban greening interventions, and 2) understanding the social implications of displacement in public housing renewal programs.

His body of scholarship tells different stories about contested practices of reclaiming space, e.g. state-led programs and policies to:

* close and consolidate remote Aboriginal communities
* demolish and redevelop inner city public housing estates
* make cities more accessible and inclusive for people with disability
* re-wild urban informal green spaces such as creeks and parklands


  • 2020–present
    Research fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University
  • 2019–2020
    Research fellow, HOME Research Hub, Deakin University
  • 2014–2018
    Tutor, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2018
    Research assistant, Deakin University
  • 2017–2017
    Lecturer, UNSW


  • 2018 
    Deakin University, Doctor of Philosophy (Human Geography)
  • 2012 
    Curtin University of Technology, Bachelor of Social Science (Anthropology / Geography) (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Australian Geographers