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Rachel Iampolski

PhD Candidate, Centre for Urban Research RMIT, RMIT University

Rachel is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. Her research investigates the nexus between tangible, and intangible cultural heritage that occurs through the informal, citizen-led reclamation and re-purposing of public space and the urban built form. Through ethnography and creative-led research methods, her research explores the various reactive, power tensions that exist in cities and the unique urban public culture that it spurs.
Fascinated by liminal, ‘ordinary’, transient, reactive and occasionally deviant spaces, Rachel aims to better understand their underrepresented contribution to our urban experience. With a Masters in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, Rachel works as a producer and runs the place-making platform, Public Street.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate , RMIT University


  • 2017 
    The University of Melbourne, Masters of Arts and Cultural Management