Kate Shaw is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in Urban Geography and Planning. Her current research focuses on urban renewal in the 21st century. Accepting that the economic case for growth combines with the environmental case for limiting urban sprawl to produce an irresistible logic for increasing the densities of Australian cities, the research explores ways of improving on the renewal projects of the last 50 years. The current project examines the legislative, regulatory, financial, political and cultural barriers to socially equitable urban development, and pursues practices elsewhere that do it better.
Kate’s background is in alternative cultures. She has particular interest in Melbourne’s live music and indie arts scenes, and advises governments and local campaigns on planning and policies to maintain them. She recently completed an ARC discovery project in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at Melbourne University titled 'Planning the ‘creative city’: reconciling global strategies with local subcultures' (2009-2012). Before this she was research associate on a large linkage project titled 'Transnational and Temporary: students, community and place-making in central Melbourne' (2005-2008). Prior to becoming research-only, Kate taught planning law, statutory planning, urban design, and ran classes on political economy, gentrification and the cultures of cities.
Her most recent book is 'Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration strategies', London: Routledge, co-edited with Libby Porter.