Karien is the Higher Degree by Research Director in the College of Design and Social Context. She’s passionate about designing inclusive communities.
Karien’s passion and research focuses on designing inclusive communities. In her role as the Higher Degree by Research Director she provides academic research leadership to 8 PhD programs in the College of Design and Social Context.
Participation in research groups and projects
Member of the Centre for Urban Research and the Centre for Global Research, platforms Social Change and Urban Futures at RMIT University and the Housing Lab in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management.
She has supervised 4 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students to completion and currently supervises several PhD projects.
Social and public housing
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.
European Network of Housing Researchers
International Sociological Association, RC21: Sociology of Urban and Regional Development
International Network for Social Network Analysis
Urban Affairs Association
Editorial board of the Journal of Sustainable Development
- 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
- Havekes, E.,Coenders, M.,Dekker, K. (2014). Interethnic attitudes in urban neighbourhoods: The impact of neighbourhood disorder and decline In: Urban Studies, 51, 2665 - 2684
- Ursic, M.,Dekker, K.,Hrast, M. (2014). Spatial organization and youth participation: case of the University of Ljubljana and Tokyo Metropolitan University In: Annales. Series Historia et Sociologia, 24, 433 - 450
- Varady, D.,Kleinhans, R.,Dekker, K. (2014). Does public housing restructuring improve neighbourhoods and their residents but hurt nearby areas? A Dutch/US comparison. In: Renovations urbaines en Europe, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes, France
- 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 Current Supervisions