Dr Louise Dorignon

Louise is a geographer and housing scholar with a keen interest in high-rise spaces and societies in contemporary cities, and in the vertical dimension of urbanisation.

Louise is currently researching the consequences of apartment design regulations and guidelines on housing outcomes as part of ARC Linkage Project HOME, based at CUR.

She recently submitted her doctoral thesis on the micro-politics of high-rise living, analysing the relationship between social class relations and housing change in Melbourne inner-suburbs. Louise used qualitative methods to explore dwellers’ agency in the negotiation of design choices and co-production of high-rise spaces.

Her doctoral degree fostered research collaboration between French and Australian geography institutes, working with Emeritus Prof. Ruth Fincher and Dr Ilan Wiesel at the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne, and with Prof. Christian Montès and Prof. Manuel Appert at UMR 5600 EVS-IRG at Université Lyon 2 Lumière.

She has previously participated in two other international research projects (ANR projects SKYLINE and HIGH-RISE) on the socio-political impacts of high-rise developments in Europe and South America. As part of project HEVD (Habiter Ensemble la Ville de Demain), Louise helped coordinate interdisciplinary research activities addressing the production of apartment living for better and more inclusive housing practices and urban strategies.

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