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Professor of Urban Planning, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Libby Porter is Professor of Urban Planning with the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. Her research is about how urban development causes dispossession and displacement and what we should do about it. Her work examines Indigenous rights in urban and environmental planning; gentrification and displacement; the impact of mega-events on cities; sustainability, urban informality and critical urban governance.

She is author of many books including: Planning in Indigenous Australia: From imperial foundations to postcolonial futures (with Sue Jackson and Louise C. Johnson, Rutledge 2018); Planning for Coexistence? Recognising Indigenous Rights through Land-Use Planning in Canada and Australia (with Janice Barry, Routledge 2016), Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning (Ashgate 2010) and co-editor with Kate Shaw of Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration policies (Routledge 2009).

Libby is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has held academic appointments in the UK and Australia. Prior to that, she worked in policy and research in the Victorian public service. She is Lead Editor of Interface for the journal Planning Theory and Practice, and is a co-founder and ongoing member of Planners Network UK.


  • –present
    Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor , RMIT University