Professor Robin Goodman

Professor Robin Goodman is Deputy Dean, Sustainability and Urban Planning in RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Robin’s research interests centre on various aspects of urban planning and public policy. Her current research projects focus on: the nexus between urban research and policy making; the state of the art of planning in Australia and New Zealand; climate change and planning decisions; conflict and local government planners.

Other recent projects and publications have focussed on: the forms of private collective ownership of community assets in master planned estates; the planning for activity and retail centres in growth areas on the urban fringe; a comparison of retail form in the various Australian capital cities.

Robin is co-author of a book on planning for Melbourne which will be published in 2016. In recent years she has led AHURI-funded research projects on the following:

  • The effects that various planning policy changes have had on the types of housing constructed, particularly in new growth areas, in Victoria in the last 20 years;
  • Marginal rental housing, such as caravan parks and boarding houses, with case studies in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland; and
  • An evaluation of the health benefits of a social housing project.

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Sustainable strategic planning, including planning for activity centres, planning practice and implementation, planning and housing and Melbourne’s planning history.

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Projects

Housing markets, economic productivity, and risk: international evidence and policy implications for Australia

This paper proposes a policy-relevant definition of housing market efficiency and a set of indicators for measuring the responsiveness of housing supply.

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Improved Urban Systems for Liveability

This project investigates how major cities function and the effects of their land-use, housing and infrastructure systems on the humans that live in them.

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News & Blog

Living on the edge: How can we make it better?

New research by RMIT urban academics calls for greater collaboration between urban planners and social workers to deal with new and emerging forms of poverty and spatial disadvantages affecting Australians.

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Solutions beyond supply to the housing affordability problem

Treasurer Scott Morrison has outlined his vision for increasing home ownership at a speech to the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

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Shift in regional rail policy crucial to meet population growth: study

RMIT Centre for Urban Research together with Rail Futures launch a new landmark report calling for major investment in Victoria's regional rail system to meet the state’s future challenges.

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New book maps Melbourne’s past, present and future

A new book by RMIT urban planning experts delves into our city’s past to present a citizen’s handbook that unlocks the potential for shaping Melbourne's future.

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Japan offers us many lessons in embracing longevity

Japan’s experience makes it an interesting example to learn from in the area of aged care.

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Ethiopian urban research delegation visits RMIT

A visiting delegation has told of the great urban challenges Ethiopia faces due to rapid population growth, during a presentation at RMIT.

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Publications

Living on the Edge: New Forms of Poverty and Disadvantage on the Urban Fringe

This chapter considers the impact of the built environment in generating new forms and locations of poverty and disadvantage.

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Dealing with Conflict in Local Planning: Reflections from Australian Planners

This paper reports on interviews conducted with local government planners in Melbourne, Australia, in which they discuss their experience with conflicts and reflect on their preparation for this challenging aspect of their profession.

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Privatising the suburbs: examining the trends and implications of 20 years of private residential development in Sydney, Australia

Therese Kenna, Professor Robin Goodman, Deborah Stevenson

This research suggests that there has been a quiet revolution in residential development and postulates that the extent of privatisation of essential neighbourhood infrastructure has been considerable.

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Planning Melbourne: Lessons for a Sustainable City

The book examines past debates and policies, the choices planners have faced and the mistakes and sound decisions that have been made.

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Planning system reform and economic development: Unpacking policy rhetoric and trajectories in Victoria and New South Wales

Kristian Rumming, Professor Robin Goodman

Against this background, this paper reviews recent planning reforms initiated in the major Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales.

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Housing markets, economic productivity, and risk: International evidence and policy implications for Australia

Gurran, N, Phibbs, P, Yates, J, Gilbert, C, Whitehead, C, Norris, M, McClure, K, Berry, M, Maginn, P and Goodman, R 2015, 'Housing markets, economic productivity, and risk: international evidence and policy implications for Australia - Volume 1: Outcomes of an investigative panel', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), vol. 254, pp. 1-101.

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The impact of planning ‘reform’ on the Victorian land use planning system

Buxton, M and Goodman, R 2014, 'The impact of planning 'reform' on the Victorian land use planning system', Australian Planner, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 132-140.

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