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Interim Director, UWA Public Policy Institute; Associate Professor & Programme Co-ordinator (Masters of Public Policy), The University of Western Australia

My primary research expertise/interests are: (i) geographies and regulation of the sex industry, (ii) geographies of online pornography, (iii) strategic metropolitan planning; (iv) urban policy/regeneration; (v) urban politics and representation; (vi) social and cultural aspects of suburbia; (vii) geographies of retailing.

I am author/co-editor/contributor to seven books:

1. Suburbia in the 21st Century: From Dreamscape to Nightmare? (Routledge, 2022)

2. Gurran, N., Maginn, P.J., Burton, P., Legacy, C., Curtis, C., Kent, A. & Binder, A. (Eds) (2020) Disruptive Urbanism: Implications of the ‘Sharing Economy’ for Cities, Regions, and Urban Policy (Routledge);

3. (Sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry (Routledge, 2015) - winner of the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia (National) Award for Excellence in Cutting Edge Research and Teaching.

4. Thompson, S. & Maginn P.J. (Eds) (2012) Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning (2nd Ed) (Cambridge University Press);

5. Maginn, P.J., Thompson, S. and Tonts, M. (2008a) Qualitative Urban Analysis: An International Perspective (Elsevier);

6. Maginn, P.J., Thompson, S. and Tonts, M. (2008b) Qualitative Housing Analysis: An International Perspective (Emerald Publishing);

7. Maginn, P. J. (2004) Urban Regeneration, Community Power and the (In)Significance of Race (Ashgate).

I am Editor-in-Chief for Urban Policy and Research, Australia's leading urban studies journal and was Co-Convenor of the Australasian Cities Research Network (2017-2021), the academic group that oversees the State of Australian Cities Conference series.


  • 2007–present
    Assoc Professor/Programme Co-ordinator (Urban/Regional Planning), University of Western Australia
  • 2005–2007
    Lecturer (Urban and Regional Planning), University of South Australia
  • 2003–2005
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University
  • 2003–2003
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, London South Bank University


  • 2002 
    London South Bank University, PhD
  • 1992 
    Queen's University of Belfast, PG Diploma (Town and Country Planning)
  • 1990 
    University of Ulster (Coleraine), BSc (Hons) Regional Analysis and Development

Research Areas

  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)