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Associate Professor - Urban Planning, The University of Melbourne

David Nichols lectures in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. He has a broad range of interests focusing on urban, suburban and regional cultures and communities in Australia. He is author of The Bogan Delusion (Affirm Press, 2011) and co-author (with Renate Howe and Graeme Davison) of Trendyville (Monash UP, 2013). His historical study of popular music Dig! (Verse Chorus Press) was published in late 2016 and the co-edited (with Catherine Driscoll and Kate Darian-Smith) Cultural Sustainability in Rural Communities: Rethinking Australian Country Towns (Ashgate) appeared in late 2017. Urban Australia and Post Punk: Exploring Dogs in Space, co-edited with Sophie Perillo, was published by Palgrave in 2020.


  • 2005–present
    Lecturer , University of Melbourne
  • 2001–2005
    Researcher, lecturer, tutor, Deakin University


  • 2002 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 1995 
    University of Sydney, BA (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)