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Rachel Gallagher

PhD Candidate, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. My research interests include how cities adapt their urban form to changing conditions such as rapid population growth or decline, natural disasters, deindustrialisation and climate change; using GIS to track changes to urban layouts over time, including city blocks, streets and property parcel; how urban policy influences (or fails to influence) desired settlement patterns.

I have previously worked as a planner and policy advisor in state government, and as a solicitor specialising in planning and environment law.


  • 2020–present
    PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland


  • 2019 
    The University of Queensland, Master of Philosophy
  • 2016 
    Griffith University, Graduate Certificate of Urban and Environmental Planning
  • 2014 
    College of Law, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • 2013 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science (Geographical Sciences)
  • 2013 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)


  • 2020
    Targeted urban consolidation or ad hoc redevelopment? The influence of cadastral structure and change on the urban form of Brisbane, Australia., Urban Geography
  • 2020
    ‘Protect the Brisbane backyard!’ (Except from subdivision for additional house construction), Australian Planner
  • 2019
    Parcel amalgamation as a mechanism for achieving urban consolidation through densification: the fixity of property boundaries over time., Land Use Policy