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.