PhD in urban planning, University of Melbourne

I am a versatile social science researcher in urban planning, experienced in applying both quantitative and qualitative methods with particular expertise in the design and application of the research process. In addition to my academic appointments as postdoctoral research fellow and teaching fellow, I have a strong analytical grounding from over 16 years’ experience in complex data analysis and reporting roles across financial services, the public sector and within university administration.

My PhD is a practical study of planning for dogs in urban environments, examining how planners in local government negotiate the subject of dogs and why they plan the way they do through the consideration of justice for other species. My core research interest is motivated by my love for dogs and my belief that planning for dogs in our cities is important and worthy of examination in its own right. I earnestly hope that my research contributes to more species-compassionate planning in practice and that in turn it makes our cities better for both humans and non-human species. I do invite you to read any of my publications (see LinkedIn) and please do get in touch with me if you would like to know more.

Experience

  • 2011–present
    Numerous university professional roles, University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014–2017
    Numerous university research roles, University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2017
    Numerous university teaching roles, University of Melbourne
  • 2001–2010
    Numerous actuarial roles in financial services, Towers Perrin Australia, AXA, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2012 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Urban Planning
  • 2000 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2000 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science

Publications

  • 2016
    PhD thesis: Planning for dogs in urban environments, The University of Melbourne
  • 2016
    How planning limits its concern: a case study of planning for dogs in Melbourne, Australia, Australian Planner
  • 2016
    Why planning limits its concern: a case study of planning for dogs in Melbourne, Australia, Australian Planner
  • 2016
    Establishing a framework to understand the regulation and control of dogs in urban environments: a case study of Melbourne, Australia, SpringerPlus
  • 2015
    Don’t fence me in: Understanding local government decisions to allocate and fence public open space for dogs in Melbourne, Australia, The 7th State of Australian Cities National Conference (peer-reviewed)

Research Areas

  • Land Use And Environmental Planning (120504)
  • Social And Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Environmental Philosophy (220303)