Dr Elizabeth Taylor is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research. Her research explores links between urban planning, housing markets and locational conflict.
Elizabeth is a Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research (CUR). She was previously a McKenzie Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Her interests are in policy-focused research across urban planning, housing markets, property rights and locational conflict and her research often makes use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). An increasing research focus is car parking policy.
Her PhD thesis investigated the role of land use planning in housing affordability problems in Melbourne and focused on the influence of housing interest groups. Her publications have explored the housing market implications of urban containment policies (Urban Growth Boundaries and higher density housing); the contested role of research in planning practice; and the ‘Not in My Back Yard’ (NIMBY) phenomenon. The latter includes food, waste and animal-based land uses that expose contradictions in the distribution of rights associated with production and consumption. A sole-authored journal publication by Elizabeth on spatial patterns of opposition to higher density housing was awarded the Journal Urban Policy and Research’s 2012 Brian McLaughlin Award for outstanding contributions by emerging scholars.
Elizabeth's research into planning conflict led to her interest in car parking policy: her research quantifying the prevalence of parking as a key issue in Victorian planning appeals was published in Planning Theory and Practice in 2014.
Her research has been supported by grants from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (“Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multi- analysis of area effects”, 2011, with Sharon Parkinson, Melek Cigdem, and Rachel Ong; “Resident Third Party Objections and Appeals against Planning Applications”, 2011, with Nicole Cook, Joe Hurley, and Val Colic-Peisker); The Henry Halloran Research Trust (“Facilitating Professional Engagement with Planning Research”, 2013, with Joe Hurley); and The Carlton Connect Initiatives Fund (“Shading Liveable Cities”, 2014, with Stephen Livesley, Nicole Cook, and Melanie Davern).
Elizabeth is undertaking a 3-year Post Doctoral Research Fellowship within the Centre for Urban Research (CUR). Her fellowship at CUR will combine transport research with urban socio-spatial and policy analysis, expanding on car parking issues as a way of understanding planning contestation and asserted rights to intensifying urban space, with parking an unnoticed but ubiquitous land use with broader repercussions.
- PhD, RMIT University (awarded November 2011). Thesis: Property Ownership and Planning Regulation: Insider Influences on Urban Consolidation Policies in Melbourne
- Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development (BuPD) (Hons), University of Melbourne
Elizabeth has contributed to numerous AHURI projects; and has worked in policy and spatial modelling roles within the Victorian State Government, in private practice as a demographic forecaster, and at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM).
- Taylor, E.,Van Bemmel-Misrachi, R. (2017). The elephant in the scheme: Planning for and around car parking in Melbourne, 1929-2016 In: Land Use Policy, 60, 287 - 297
- Taylor, E.,Hurley, J. (2016). "Not a lot of people read the stuff": Australian urban research in planning practice In: Urban Policy and Research, 34, 116 - 131
- Taylor, E. (2016). Urban growth boundaries and betterment: rent-seeking by landowners on Melbourne's expanding urban fringe In: Growth and Change, 47, 259 - 275
- Taylor, E. (2016). Frankenstein's chicken: Understanding local opposition to broiler farms In: Conflict and Change in Australia's Peri-Urban Landscapes, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom
- Hurley, J.,Taylor, E. (2016). Australian early career planning researchers and the barriers to research-practice exchange In: Australian Planner, 53, 5 - 14
- Taylor, E. (2016). Cohabiting with cars: the tangled connections between car parking and housing markets In: Housing and Home Unbound, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Taylor, E.,Cook, N.,Hurley, J. (2016). Do objections count? Estimating the influence of residents on housing development assessment in Melbourne In: Urban Policy and Research, 34, 269 - 283
- Taylor, E.,Nichols, D. (2016). No Maccas in the hills! Locating the planning history of fast food chains In: Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference (UHPH 2016), Gold Coast Australia, 31 January-3 February 2016
- Hurley, J.,Lamker, C.,Taylor, E. (2016). Exchange between researchers and practitioners in urban planning: achievable objective or a bridge too far? In: Planning Theory and Practice, 17, 447 - 453
- Ghanbari Parmehr, E.,Amati, M.,Taylor, E.,Livesley, S. (2016). Estimation of urban tree canopy cover using random point sampling and remote sensing methods In: Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 20, 160 - 171
- 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (Taylor). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship CAT0 from (2015 to 2018)
- Marginal rental housing and marginal renters: a typology for policy. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants pre-2014 from (2011 to 2013)
- Resident third party objections and appeals against planning application: implications for medium density and social housing. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants pre-2014 from (2011 to 2012)
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