Associate Professor Libby Porter is a Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow. Her research is about how urban development causes dispossession and displacement and what we should do about it. Her work has looked at these questions in a number of different ways including: Indigenous rights in urban planning and natural resource management; cities and diversity; gentrification and displacement; the impact of mega-events on cities; sustainability and urban governance.
Her current research focuses on marginalized property rights as ways of reconceiving the right to the city in the very different contexts of Australia, Brazil and Chile. Her new co-authored book Planning for Coexistence? Recognising Indigenous Rights through Land-Use Planning in Canada and Australia was published in 2016 by Routledge.
She is also author of 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 and was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Melbourne 2030. 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.