Wendy Steele is an Associate Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning co-located in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) and the Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University, Melbourne.
Wendy Steele is the Program Manager of the Master of Urban Planning and Environment within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Wendy is an Australian Research Council DECRA (2013-2015) and Discovery (2015-2017) grant award recipient and international board member for the journal Urban Policy and Research. She is also the co-convenor of the Critical Urban Governance Program within the Centre for Urban Research with Libby Porter, Crystal Legacy and Joe Hurley.
Her current research focuses on the governance and planning of cities in a climate of change with an emphasis on climate justice/security, critical urban infrastructure and cyborg/smart cities.
Successful Category 1 research grants
- ARC Discovery, $172,500, ‘Enabling social innovation for local climate change adaptability’, Chief Investigator, 2015-2017 (with Jean Hillier, Diana MacCallum, Jason Byrne, and Donna Houston).
- ARC DECRA, $375,000, ‘Securing the Australian city: the governance of critical infrastructure in climate change’, Principal Investigator, 2012-2014.
- SEI NCCARF, $285,571, ‘Every state for themselves? Learning from cross-border regulatory instruments to support and promote climate change adaptation in Australia’, External/ national, Principal Investigator, 2011-2013.
Other grant awards
- RMIT SPUR Funding, $9000, The city we need: Documenting the ethical city revolution, Chief Investigator (with Brendan Barrett, Karyn Bosomworth), 2015-2016.
- RMIT GCRI Funding, $15,000, Cyborg urbanization: re-thinking global city resilience practices through mobile communications, Chief Investigator (with Yolande Strengers, Ian McShane, Crystal Legacy, Sarah Pink and John Handmer), 2014-2015.
- Early Career Researcher International Travel Award, $2885, RMIT University, 2014.
- Griffith ARC Encouragement Award, $15,000, ‘Advance Australia Fair? Re-imagining climate justice in the Australian City’, Chief Investigator (with Jason Byrne, Diana MacCallum, and Donna Houston).
- 2013 Vice Chancellor Research Excellence Award, $5000, Griffith University.
- 2012 Pro Vice Chancellor Research Excellence Award (Early Career Researcher Category).
- SEET Faculty, $5000, Griffith University.
- 2009 Peter Harrison Memorial Prize (PhD), $1500, The Fenner School of Environment and Society & the Endowment for Excellence (ANU), in collaboration with The Australian Sustainable Cities and Regions Network and the State of Australian Cities Conference.
- PhD, Griffith University, 2010
- Master of Urban Planning (Hons Class 1), Griffith University, 2006
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 1990
- Steele, W. (2021). Planning Wild Cities: Human�Nature Relationships in the Urban Age, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Hotker, M.,Steele, W.,Amati, M. (2020). When gambling fails: Caring-with urban communities at the local scale In: Cities, 100, 1 - 15
- Steele, W.,Davison, A.,Reed, A. (2020). Imagining the Dirty Green City In: Australian Geographer, 51, 239 - 256
- Steele, W. (2020). Who governs Australia�s metropolitan regions? In: Australian Planner, 56, 59 - 65
- Rickards, L.,Mulligan, M.,Steele, W. (2019). The resonance and possibilities of community resilience In: The Resilience Machine, Taylor and Francis, New York, United States
- Steele, W.,Hillier, J.,Houston, D.,Byrne, J.,MacCallum, D. (2019). The Climate-Just City In: Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Steele, W. (2019). The City as Wild In: Philosophy and the City, Rowman and Littlefield International, London
- Legacy, C.,Metzger, J.,Steele, W.,Gualini, E. (2019). Beyond the post-political: Exploring the relational and situated dynamics of consensus and conflict in planning In: Planning Theory, 18, 273 - 281
- Steele, W.,Wiesel, I.,Maller, C. (2019). More-than-human cities: Where the wild things are In: Geoforum, 106, 411 - 415
- Rogers, D.,Porter, L.,Steele, W.,Houston, D. (2019). Creating a thinking space for the rising stars of Australian urban geography In: Australian Geographer, 50, 141 - 143
4 PhD Completions5 PhD Current Supervisions
- Local Government Co-ordination: Metropolitan Governance in Twenty-first Century Australia. Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2020)
- Enabling social innovation for local climate adaptability. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2015 from (2015 to 2020)
- Securing the Australian city: the governance of critical infrastructure in climate change. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher from (2012 to 2014)