My current project is titled Planning in a state of panic: Did the economic crisis transform city making practices for the long term? This three-year Australian Research Council funded project investigates the tensions existing between urban transport planning in periods of economic uncertainty and community interests in cities in Australia and Canada. The focus of this research is on contentious urban transport projects and proposals in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra (Australia) as well as Vancouver and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (Canada). The research focuses on how different points of conflict are negotiated, and with what impact to the project, the process and to the city. My work in theoretically and conceptually informed by critical urban studies and political theory, and delves deeply into questions about the political and democratic dimensions of urban and transport planning.
My research interests include infrastructure politics; participatory planning and infrastructure delivery; urban governance and strategic planning; growth paradigms and urban resilience; and planning tools and I can supervise in these disciplinary areas.
I am the co-editor of the books Building Inclusive Cities: Women's safety and the right to the city (2013, Routledge) and Instruments of Planning: Tensions and challenges for more equitable and sustainable cities (2016, Routledge).
National research grants
- Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA, AU$392,815, Principal Investigator ’Planning in a state of panic: Did the economic crisis transform city making practices for the long term?’, 2014-2017.
- Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Grant, grant total AU$127,264, Investigator, a project that examines local opposition to affordable housing projects, 2012-2013.
Full Member of the Planning Institute of Australia through the Social Planning and Urban & Regional Planning Chapters.
- PhD, University of Melbourne, 2010
- Master of Environment, University of Melbourne, 2005
- Bachelors of Environmental Studies (Hons), University of Waterloo, Canada, 2004
- Legacy, C.,Leshinsky, R. (2016). Planning instruments and the urban change process In: Instruments of Planning: Tensions and Challenges for More Equitable and Sustainable Cities, Routledge, New York, United States
- Leshinsky, R.,Legacy, C. (2016). Instruments of planning: tensions and challenges for more equitable and sustainable cities In: Instruments of Planning: Tensions and Challenges for More Equitable and Sustainable Cities, Routledge, United Kingdom
- McAfee, A.,Legacy, C. (2016). Community deliberation as a procedural planning tool: examination of Vancouver and Melbourne In: Instruments of Planning: Tension and Challenges for More Equitable and Sustainable Cities, Routledge, New York, United States
- Legacy, C.,Davison, G.,Liu, E. (2016). Delivering social housing: examining the nexus between social housing and democratic planning In: Housing, Theory and Society, 33, 324 - 341
- Davison, G.,Legacy, C.,Liu, E.,DARCY, M. (2016). The factors driving the escalation of community opposition to affordable housing development In: Urban Policy and Research, , 1 - 14
- Legacy, C.,Lowe, M.,Cole-Hawthorne, R. (2016). (Re)constituting urban research in a neoliberal planning climate In: Australian Planner, 53, 1 - 4
- Legacy, C. (2016). (In press) Is there a crisis of participatory planning? In: Planning Theory, , 1 - 18
- Legacy, C. (2015). Transforming transport planning in the postpolitical era In: Urban Studies, 53, 3108 - 3124
- Steele, W.,McShane, I.,Legacy, C.,Strengers, Y.,Handmer, J.,Pink, S. (2015). The cyborg city: re-thinking urban resilience through mobile communications In: Proceedings of the SOAC 7 - State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast, Australia, 9-11 December 2015
- Legacy, C. (2015). Transformability of civic engagement in times of economic crisis In: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities Conference 2015 (SOAC 2015), Queensland, Australia, 9-11 December 2015
- Public housing transfers and affordable housing system development in a federal context, AHURI 15/PRO/53082. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants 2015 from (2015 to 2016)
- Planning in a state of panic: Did the economic crisis transform city making practices for the long term?. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2014 from (2014 to 2017)
3 PhD Current Supervisions