Her current project titled Planning in a state of panic: Did the economic crisis transform city making practices for the long term? investigates the tensions existing between urban infrastructure planning in periods of economic uncertainty and community interests in cities in Australia and Canada. The focus of this research is on contentious urban infrastructure projects and proposals and how different points of conflict are negotiated, and with what impact to the project, the process and to the city.
Crystal’s research interests include infrastructure politics; participatory planning and infrastructure delivery; urban governance and strategic planning; growth paradigms and urban resilience; and planning tools.
Crystal is the co-editor of the books Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s safety and the right to the city (2013, Routledge) and Instruments of Planning: Tensions and Challenges for More Equitable and Sustainable Cities (2016, Routledge)
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Urban infrastructure politics, Urban governance, Strategic planning, Metropolitan planning, Deliberative democracy.