Dr Liz Taylor

Dr Elizabeth Taylor is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research. Her research explores links between urban planning, housing markets and locational conflict.

Elizabeth is a Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research (CUR). She was previously a McKenzie Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Her interests are in policy-focused research across urban planning, housing markets, property rights and locational conflict and her research often makes use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). An increasing research focus is car parking policy.

Her PhD thesis investigated the role of land use planning in housing affordability problems in Melbourne and focused on the influence of housing interest groups. Her publications have explored the housing market implications of urban containment policies (Urban Growth Boundaries and higher density housing); the contested role of research in planning practice; and the ‘Not in My Back Yard’ (NIMBY) phenomenon. The latter includes food, waste and animal-based land uses that expose contradictions in the distribution of rights associated with production and consumption. A sole-authored journal publication by Elizabeth on spatial patterns of opposition to higher density housing was awarded the Journal Urban Policy and Research’s 2012 Brian McLaughlin Award for outstanding contributions by emerging scholars.

Elizabeth’s research into planning conflict led to her interest in car parking policy: her research quantifying the prevalence of parking as a key issue in Victorian planning appeals was published in Planning Theory and Practice in 2014.

Her research has been supported by grants from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (“Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multi- analysis of area effects”, 2011, with Sharon Parkinson, Melek Cigdem, and Rachel Ong; “Resident Third Party Objections and Appeals against Planning Applications”, 2011, with Nicole Cook, Joe Hurley, and Val Colic-Peisker); The Henry Halloran Research Trust (“Facilitating Professional Engagement with Planning Research”, 2013, with Joe Hurley); and The Carlton Connect Initiatives Fund (“Shading Liveable Cities”, 2014, with Stephen Livesley, Nicole Cook, and Melanie Davern).

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Three charts on: Australia’s declining taste for beef and growing appetite for chicken

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Done like a chicken dinner: city fringes locked in battles over broiler farms

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In a heatwave, the leafy suburbs are even more advantaged

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Study examines issues around residential car parking

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Publications

No Maccas in the hills! Locating the planning history of fast food chains

Dr Liz Taylor, David Nichols

This paper explores the community effects of fast food chains as a wider built environment phenomena, first in the early 20th century US and then as translated into Australia in from the late 1960s onwards.

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Cohabiting with cars: the tangled connections between car parking and housing markets

This chapter explores some of the ways in which housing, car parking and thus car-based transport are bound together through embedded 20th century practices - materially, legally, and through the production and sale of housing.

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Frankenstein’s chicken: Understanding local opposition to broiler farms

Taylor, E 2016, 'Frankenstein's chicken: Understanding local opposition to broiler farms' in Melissa Kennedy, Andrew Butt and Marco Amati (ed.) Conflict and Change in Australia's Peri-Urban Landscapes, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom, pp. 167-188.

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Property ownership and planning regulation: insider influences on urban consolidation policies in Melbourne

The thesis argues that the activities of property owners have played an important role in the negotiation of urban consolidation policies in Melbourne.

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Do objections count? Estimating the influence of residents on housing development assessment in Melbourne

This paper explores relationships between community opposition, planning assessments and local political processes.

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Australian early career planning researchers and the barriers to research–practice exchange

Hurley, J and Taylor, E 2016, 'Australian early career planning researchers and the barriers to research-practice exchange', Australian Planner, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 5-14.

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“Not a Lot of People Read the Stuff”: Australian Urban Research in Planning Practice

Taylor, E and Hurley, J 2016, '"Not a lot of people read the stuff": Australian urban research in planning practice', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 116-131.

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Urban growth boundaries and their impact on land prices

Ball, M, Cigdem, M, Taylor, E and Wood, G 2014, 'Urban growth boundaries and their impact on land prices', Environment and Planning A, vol. 46, no. 12, pp. 3010-3026.

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