Associate Professor Libby Porter is a Vice Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow where she leads research on the politics of urban land, property rights and dispossession.
Libby's most recent book is now available: Planning for Co-existence? Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia, published by Routledge 2016.
Libby is the 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 Assistant Editor for Planning Theory and Practice, and is a co-founder and ongoing member of Planners Network UK.
Libby is always keen to speak with students interested in pursuing postgraduate study or postdoctoral research in areas related to her research interests.
Grants, awards, activism and media
- 2014 – 2017: Lead Chief Investigator on ARC (DP 104012851), Who owns the sustainable city? Urban redevelopment, sustainability and the politics of property rights in Australia, Brazil and Chile.
- 2010 – 2012: Principal Investigator on ESRC award (ES/H011145/1), Planning with Indigenous customary land rights: An investigation of shifts in planning law and governance in Canada and Australia. Final report available here.
- 2009: University of Glasgow Chancellors Fund award, Employment aspirations of young people and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
- 2006 – 2008: British Academy joint grant with the Academy for the Social Sciences in Australia on Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration policies.
- 2004 – 2008: Research Fellow and Co-Investigator on EPSRC funded project investigating sustainable urban development in Birmingham’s Eastside regeneration.
- 2002 – 2004: Research Grant, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
- 2001 – 2004: Melbourne Research Scholarship
- 2005 – ongoing: Founding member of Glasgow Games Monitor
Media and campaign links
- The Drum: Time to rethink gentrification
- Assemble Papers Unlearning Planning Practice
- £3.6m – That’ll be just gran, The Scottish Sun, 21 January 2011
- Glasgow 2014 legacy 'may not happen', BBC News Scotland, 31 October 2011
As a scholar-activist, Libby has a particular focus on the role of planning and urban development processes in dispossession and displacement. 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 major research activity is about marginalized property rights as ways of reconceiving the right to the city. She is working with her research team in three different cities: Sao Paolo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and Melbourne, Australia. She is also leading a ground-breaking agenda for Indigenous-led research for the built environment within the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes hub.
She is also writing a new landmark book, with Sue Jackson and Louise Johnson, that rewrites the history and practice of urban planning in Australia from the perspective of Indigenous dispossession and restitution of rights.
- PhD (University of Melbourne 2004)
- PG Cert Academic Practice (University of Glasgow 2011)
- BAppSc in Planning (RMIT University 1994)
- Wensing, E.,Porter, E. (2016). Unsettling planning's paradigms: toward a just accommodation of indigenous rights and interests in Australian urban planning? In: Australian Planner, , -
- Porter, E.,Barry, J. (2016). Planning for coexistence: Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Gray, N.,Porter, L. (2015). By any means necessary: urban regeneration and the "state of exception" in the Commonwealth Games 2014 In: Antipode: A radical journal of geography, 47, 380 - 400
- Porter, L.,Barry, J. (2015). Bounded recognition: urban planning and the textual mediation of Indigenous rights in Canada and Australia In: Critical Policy Studies, 9, 22 - 40
- Porter, L. (2014). Possessory politics and the conceit of procedure: Exposing the cost of rights under conditions of dispossession In: Planning Theory, 13, 387 - 406
- Porter, L. (2013). Coexistence in cities: The challenge of Indigenous urban planning in the twenty-first century In: Reclaiming Indigenous Planning, McGill-Queens University Press, Canada
- Barry, J.,Porter, L. (2012). Indigenous recognition in state-based planning systems: Understanding textual mediation in the contact zone In: Planning Theory, 11, 170 - 187
- Lombardi, D.,Porter, E.,Barber, A.,Rogers, C. (2011). Conceptualising sustainability in UK urban regeneration: a discursive formation In: Urban Studies, 48, 273 - 296
- Towards an Indigenous-led urban research agenda. Funded by: Arup Pty Ltd Contract from (2016 to 2017)
- Who owns the sustainable city? Urban redevelopment, sustainability and the politics of property rights in Australia, Brazil and Chile. Funded by: ARC Discovery Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2016)
- 2014 Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship (Porter). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship from (2014 to 2018)
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