Dr Iris Levin is an architect, urban planner, teacher and researcher. She has a passion for working with diverse communities and understanding the effects of migration on the built environment. She is interested in housing, social planning, migration and social diversity in cities.
- Housing Studies
- Urban Studies
- Social Urban Planning
- Diversity and migration in cities
Iris is Lecturer at the Department of Sustainability and Urban Planning. She gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne and joined RMIT University in 2021 after working at Swinburne University, in the community sector and Flinders University. Iris has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and a B.Arch. in Architecture, gained from the Technion, Israel.
Iris’s research focuses on issues around housing, the built environment, migration, diversity, disadvantaged communities and social mix in the city. She often uses qualitative and visual methodologies and analyses and has experience in longitudinal research. Iris is the lead editor of an edited book Migration and Urban transitions in Australia (Palgrave, forthcoming). In 2016 she published Migration, Settlement, and the Concept of House and Home (Routledge), focusing on migrant settlement practices in their homes in Australia and Israel, and since then has worked on research projects dealing with public housing, urban renewal projects and social mix, urban belonging and public urban space, and neighbour relations in high-density housing arrangements.
Iris has published extensively for academic and industry audiences and has presented her work in different forums and conferences. She has taught various undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in planning, social diversity and the built environment. Iris often contributes to community engagement panels and forums supporting local councils in engaging residents.
Available to supervise honours, masters and PhD students.
Fields of Research
- Urban And Regional Planning - 120500
- Human Geography - 160400
- Grad Cert Diploma in Learning and Teaching, Swinburne University – 2020
- PhD University of Melbourne, Australia - 2010
- M.Sc. Regional and Urban Planning, Technion, Israel – 2004
- B. Arch Technion, Israel – 1996
Professional and academic memberships:
- 2019: Board Member, The Kingston Libraries Community Panel, Australia
- 2017 - 2020: Committee Member, Council of Glen Eira, Australia
- 2020 - current: Board Member, Housing Studies, International
- 2006- current: Institute of Australian Geographers
- Social connections in Neighbourhood Houses - OPP-27607. Funded by: VICHealth - Impact Research Grants from (2023 to 2025)
- Housing temporary migrants: investigating challenges and policy opportunities . Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2023 to 2024)
- Getting off the waiting list. Changing access to housing assistance - 22/PRO/71312 (Administered by Uni NSW). Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2023 to 2023)
- Innovations in stock matching and allocations for social housing (21/PRO/53247). Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2021 to 2022)
- Levin, I.,Tually, S.,De Vries, J.,Kollmann, T.,Stone, W.,Goodwin, I. (2023). Innovations in stock matching and allocations: the social housing challenge In: AHURI Final Report, , 1 - 114
- Taylor, M.,Levin, I. (2023). Games without frontiers - Covid living in refugee camps In: Interiors in the Era of Covid-19, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom
- Levin, I. (2023). The migrant house: the meaning of its architecture and materiality In: Handbook on Home and Migration, Edward Elgar Publishing, London, United Kingdom
- Levin, I.,Santiago, A.,Arthurson, K. (2022). Creating Mixed Communities through Housing Policies: Global Perspectives In: Journal of Urban Affairs, 44, 291 - 304
- Levin, I.,Persov, N.,Arthurson, K.,Ziersch, A. (2022). Social mix in context: comparing housing regeneration programs in Australia and Israel In: Journal of Urban Affairs, 44, 361 - 379
- Levin, I.,Newton, P.,Nygaard, C.,Gifford, S. (2022). Migration and the Shaping of Australian Cities In: Migration and Urban Transitions in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland
- Levin, I. (2022). Social resilience and refugee housing: questioning the shift in responsibility for settlement: a reply to ‘The attributes of social resilience: understanding refugees’ housing choices’ by Francesca Perugia In: Global Discourse, 12, 450 - 453
- Levin, I.,Burke, T. (2022). Migration, Urban Diversity and Planning in Australian Cities In: Planning in an Uncanny World, RTPI Library Series, New York, United States
- Nygaard, C.,Pinnegar, S.,Taylor, E.,Levin, I.,Maguire, R. (2021). Evaluation and learning in public housing urban renewal In: AHURI Final Report, , 1 - 104
- Ting, C.,Levin, I.,Stone, W. (2021). The cultural meanings of home ownership for China-born migrants in Australia In: The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Studies, Routledge, United Kingdom
1 PhD Current Supervisions