Wendy Steele is an Associate Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning co-located in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) and the Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University, Melbourne.
Wendy Steele is the Program Manager of the Master of Urban Planning and Environment within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Wendy is an Australian Research Council DECRA (2013-2015) and Discovery (2015-2017) grant award recipient and international board member for the journal Urban Policy and Research. She is also the co-convenor of the Critical Urban Governance Program within the Centre for Urban Research with Libby Porter, Crystal Legacy and Joe Hurley.
Her current research focuses on the governance and planning of cities in a climate of change with an emphasis on climate justice/security, critical urban infrastructure and cyborg/smart cities.
Successful Category 1 research grants
- ARC Discovery, $172,500, ‘Enabling social innovation for local climate change adaptability’, Chief Investigator, 2015-2017 (with Jean Hillier, Diana MacCallum, Jason Byrne, and Donna Houston).
- ARC DECRA, $375,000, ‘Securing the Australian city: the governance of critical infrastructure in climate change’, Principal Investigator, 2012-2014.
- SEI NCCARF, $285,571, ‘Every state for themselves? Learning from cross-border regulatory instruments to support and promote climate change adaptation in Australia’, External/ national, Principal Investigator, 2011-2013.
Other grant awards
- RMIT SPUR Funding, $9000, The city we need: Documenting the ethical city revolution, Chief Investigator (with Brendan Barrett, Karyn Bosomworth), 2015-2016.
- RMIT GCRI Funding, $15,000, Cyborg urbanization: re-thinking global city resilience practices through mobile communications, Chief Investigator (with Yolande Strengers, Ian McShane, Crystal Legacy, Sarah Pink and John Handmer), 2014-2015.
- Early Career Researcher International Travel Award, $2885, RMIT University, 2014.
- Griffith ARC Encouragement Award, $15,000, ‘Advance Australia Fair? Re-imagining climate justice in the Australian City’, Chief Investigator (with Jason Byrne, Diana MacCallum, and Donna Houston).
- 2013 Vice Chancellor Research Excellence Award, $5000, Griffith University.
- 2012 Pro Vice Chancellor Research Excellence Award (Early Career Researcher Category).
- SEET Faculty, $5000, Griffith University.
- 2009 Peter Harrison Memorial Prize (PhD), $1500, The Fenner School of Environment and Society & the Endowment for Excellence (ANU), in collaboration with The Australian Sustainable Cities and Regions Network and the State of Australian Cities Conference.
- PhD, Griffith University, 2010
- Master of Urban Planning (Hons Class 1), Griffith University, 2006
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 1990
- Mulligan, M.,Steele, W.,Rickards, L.,Fuenfgeld, H. (2016). Keywords in planning: what do we mean by 'community resilience'? In: International Planning Studies, 21, 348 - 361
- Steele, W.,Keys, C. (2015). Interstitial space and everyday housing practices In: Housing, Theory and Society, 32, 112 - 125
- Steele, W.,Mata, L.,Fuenfgeld, H. (2015). Urban climate justice: creating sustainable pathways for humans and other species In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14, 121 - 126
- 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
- Steele, W.,Vizel, I. (2014). Housing and the material imagination - earth, fire, air, water In: Housing, Theory and Society, 31, 76 - 90
- MacCallum, D.,Byrne, J.,Steele, W. (2014). Whither justice? An analysis of local climate change responses from South East Queensland, Australia In: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32, 70 - 92
- Steele, W.,Dodson, J. (2014). Made in Queensland - Planning reform and rhetoric In: Australian Planner, 51, 141 - 150
- Steele, W. (2014). Shifting borders in a climate of change In: Planning Across Borders in a Climate of Change, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK
- Steele, W.,MacCallum, D. (2014). Australian environmental governance and environmental planning procedures In: Australian Environmental Planning: Challenges and Future Prospects, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom
- Steele, W. (2014). Mainstreaming climate change adaptation: A multi-level governance agenda In: Responding to Climate Change: Lessons from an Australian Hotspot, CSIRO, Australia
- Enabling social innovation for local climate adaptability. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2015 from (2015 to 2018)
- Securing the Australian city: the governance of critical infrastructure in climate change. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher from (2012 to 2014)
5 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions