Associate Professor Karien Dekker
Karien is Associate Professor in the school of Property, Construction and Project Management. She's passionate about designing inclusive communities.
Karien's passion and research focuses on designing inclusive communities. She is Chief Investigator on an investigative panel "Housing temporary migrants: investigating challenges and policy opportunities" funded by AHURI National Housing Research Program (with UniSA, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania), 2023-2024.
In her role as the Interim Associate Dean Research and Innovation she provides research leadership to the School of Education.
In 2023 Karien coordinates and teaches 'Doing Research for the college of Design and Social Context' (HUSO2438), a new course for all Higher Degree by Research candidates to prepare them for their Confirmation of Candidature.
Karien also teaches Research Project 1 and 2 (BUIL1306/7) for Honours students Property and Valuation.
Participation in research groups and projects
Member of the Social and Global Research Centre, the Centre for Urban Research, Enabling Impact Platforms Social Change and Urban Futures at RMIT University and the Housing Lab in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management. Karien is also an active member of The Australian Sociological Association, the Institute of Australian Geographers and the European Network of Housing Research.
She has supervised 5 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students to completion and currently supervises several PhD projects.
- Community participation
- Affordable housing
- Urban governance
- Social cohesion
- Social capital
PhD Urban Geography, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2006
Doctoraal (equivalent to Masters) Geography of Developing Countries, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 1996
Previously headmaster at a primary school.
Previously project manager for the City of Utrecht (local government) and Wonen & Milieu (consultancy).
Worked at Utrecht University as an assistant professor and lecturer.
- Dekker, K.,Mikola, M.,Colic-Peisker, V. (2021). Media Coverage of Two Violent Events with Muslim Perpetrators in Australia and the Netherlands In: Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 41, 1 - 16
- Dekker, K.,Mullan, K. (2021). Cohesive Diverse Suburbs in Australia: A Case Study of Policy Processes and Social Media in Footscray In: Urban Policy and Research, 39, 334 - 350
- Dekker, K. (2020). Who is Islamophobic and why? Explanations of Islamophobia in two suburbs with high Muslim concentrations in Melbourne’s north In: Australian Geographer, 51, 437 - 454
- Colic-Peisker, V.,Mikola, M.,Dekker, K. (2019). Religious visibility: perceptions and experiences of residents in two Muslim concentration suburbs in Melbourne, Australia In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42, 2743 - 2762
- Dekker, K.,Lee, J.,Phipps, P. (2018). Collective Civic Action in Multicultural Neighbourhoods: Two Cases in Melbourne In: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 109, 499 - 512
- Dekker, K. (2018). Social Capital in an Era of Super-diversity: Introduction to Tesg Dossier In: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 109, 465 - 469
- Dekker, K.,Kamerling, M. (2017). Social skills scores: The impact of primary school population characteristics and parental involvement In: Journal for Multicultural Education, 11, 275 - 286
- Colic-Peisker, V.,Dekker, K. (2017). Religious visibility, disadvantage and bridging social capital: a comparative investigation of multicultural localities in Melbourne's north In: Islamic Council of Victoria, City of Hume, City of Moreland Melbourne, Australia
- Mikola, M.,Colic-Peisker, V.,Dekker, K. (2016). A community of mourners: collective sentiment, national belonging and the Muslim 'other' after the 'Sydney siege' In: Australian Geographer, 47, 325 - 339
- Colic-Peisker, V.,Mikola, M.,Dekker, K. (2016). A multicultural nation and its (Muslim) Other? Political leadership and media reporting in the wake of the 'Sydney Siege' In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37, 373 - 389
- The impact of ethnic diversity, socio-economic disadvantage and sense of belonging on Islamophobia and social cohesion locally and nationally: a mixed-method, longitudinal analysis. Funded by: Commonwealth Department of Social Services: Families and Communities Program Strong and Resilient Communities Activity: National Research Grants 2018 from (2018 to 2021)
- Religious visibility, disadvantage and bridging social capital: a comparative investigation of diverse localities in Melbourne's north. Funded by: Department of Premier and Cabinet: Social Cohesion Research Grant Round 1 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Decision Making for Lifetime Affordable and Tenable City Housing. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2013 from (2014 to 2016)
1 PhD Completions1 PhD Current Supervisions