Professor Libby Porter is a Vice Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow.
She leads research on the politics of urban land, property rights and dispossession, critical urban governance, and decolonising urban planning.
Libby is a planner and urban geographer working on the role of planning and urban development in dispossession and displacement, and what we might do about it. Her research has examined Indigenous rights in urban and environmental planning; cities and diversity; gentrification and displacement through urban renewal; the impact of mega-events on cities; and urban sustainability; and urban informality. Her current work is in the areas of critical property studies, urban governance, decolonisation and settler cities, and on children’s sense of space and place.
Libby has held academic appointments in the UK and Australia and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to her academic life, she worked in urban planning practice and policy-applied research in both local and State Government in Victoria, and was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Melbourne 2030. She is currently Assistant Editor for Planning Theory and Practice, leading the Interface section, and is a co-founder of Planners Network UK.
She has published a number of books in her areas of expertise including:
- Planning in Indigenous Australia: From imperial foundations to postcolonial futures 2018 (with Sue Jackson and Louise Johnson)
- Planning for Co-existence? Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia 2016 (with Janice Barry).
- Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning 2010
- Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration policies 2009 (with Kate Shaw).
Her work has featured in various media outlets including:
- PG Cert Academic Practice (University of Glasgow 2011)
- PhD (University of Melbourne 2004)
- BAppSc in Planning (RMIT University 1994)
- Porter, E. (2018). Postcolonial consequences and new meanings In: The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory, Taylor and Francis, United States
- Porter, E. (2017). (In Press) Indigenous people and the miserable failure of Australian planning In: Planning Practice and Research, , 1 - 15
- Jackson, S.,Porter, L.,Johnson, L. (2017). (In Press) Planning in Indigenous Australia: From imperial foundations to postcolonial futures, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom
- Gray, N.,Porter, E. (2017). (In Press) The right to the city and its limits: Contested property claims, urban exceptionality, and the fight for relational space in Glasgow's Commonwealth Games 2014 In: Contested Property Claims: What disagreement tells us about ownership, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Wensing, E.,Porter, E. (2016). Unsettling planning's paradigms: toward a just accommodation of indigenous rights and interests in Australian urban planning? In: Australian Planner, 53, 91 - 102
- Porter, E.,Barry, J. (2016). Planning for coexistence: Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Porter, E. (2016). Resistance is never wasted: reflections on Friedmann and hope In: Insurgencies and Revolutions, Routledge, London
- Gray, N.,Porter, L. (2015). By any means necessary: urban regeneration and the "state of exception" in the Commonwealth Games 2014 In: Antipode: A radical journal of geography, 47, 380 - 400
- Porter, L.,Barry, J. (2015). Bounded recognition: urban planning and the textual mediation of Indigenous rights in Canada and Australia In: Critical Policy Studies, 9, 22 - 40
- Porter, L. (2014). Possessory politics and the conceit of procedure: Exposing the cost of rights under conditions of dispossession In: Planning Theory, 13, 387 - 406
- Decolonising Settler Cities Symposium - Antipode Foundation International Workshop Award. Funded by: Antipode Foundation Ltd - grant from (2017 to 2017)
- Who owns the sustainable city? Urban redevelopment, sustainability and the politics of property rights in Australia, Brazil and Chile. Funded by: ARC Discovery Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2017)
- 2014 Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship (Porter). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship from (2014 to 2018)
1 PhD Completions5 PhD Current Supervisions