• The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G32, Geology and Geography Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


My work champions growing and greening democracy by rethinking community and via transformative governance innovation. As a scholar-storyteller for just, care-full, healthy and inclusive cities and places, I am passionate about co-producing feasible and radically-progressive responses to the local and global challenges and crises facing us, our families, and seven million of our closest neighbours. To me, this means understanding the ethics, politics, plans, roadblocks and exploring the various strategies and roadmaps towards the kinds of places where we want to live, work, and play.

Roles and responsibilities

You'll find that I contribute across the university for the benefits of staff, students, and community. I have held roles on UWA Academic Board, communities of practice in Restorative Justice; Employability (previously the Faculty of Science workplace-integrated learning taskforce); and Researich-led Curriculum; and being Master's Student Engagement Co-ordinator for the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. Currently I coordinate the Undergraduate Human Geography and Planning major and serve on the School Education Committee. I am a graduate of the UWA Leadership Development for Women programme and have been trained as a nationally-accredited Facilitative Mediator.

Future research

I welcome your conversations about research and supervision opportunities for a wide range of areas including:
(1) Creative political economic and ecological approaches to engaging citizens and community in climate-just and equitable urban living
(2) Social sustainability, managing conflict, and the urban commons in high-rise living
(3) Social innovation in community-led planning
(4) Ordinary and gentle geographies of urban and regional development
(5) Promoting healthy urban nightscapes by managing the dark and artificial lighting at night
(6) Reinstating kids and seniors in the city via integrated life-course approach and participatory planning.
(7) innovative and transformative methodologies for community-led development
(8) posthuman and digital urbanism

Funding overview

A select list of Clare's recent team science funding success at Federal and University level includes:
CRC for Honey Bee Products (2017) 3-year international multidisciplinary programme
WUN Worldwide Universities Network (2017) Research Development Fund: In-Herit: The role of heritage in ontological security and community cohesion during migration and displacement
WUN Worldwide Universities Network (2016) Research Development Fund: Healthy-Polis – Developing Urban Lifecourse Approaches in response to Climate Change
University of Melbourne Engagement Grant (2015) Promoting a new vital link between public health and the built environment improving artificial light at night.
ARC Linkage - LP120100116: Chief Investigator, 3-year multidisciplinary project (2012): “Networks, neighbourhoods and newborns: defining household and local area influences on social connectedness, to understand pathways to health”.
Investigator in Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) ¬Demonstrator Projects for Incorporation into the AURIN e-Infrastructure (2012): “Characterising networks in geographical and social ‘space’ - integrating tools for network analysis”.
Melbourne Research Carlton Connect Initiatives Fund Round 2 (2013) “Building an Evidence Base to Support Planning for Socially Connected, Equitable Communities”.
Research Collaboration Grant, University of Melbourne, (2010) “Sustainability adaptation and mitigation in strategy policy and practice” (Sustainable Streetlighting).

Previous positions

Lecturer, Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia (2009-2012).

Lecturer, Urban Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (2006-2009).

Industrial relevance

Nationally-accredited Facilitative Mediator
Committee for Perth FACTBase collaborator

Teaching overview

PLNG5403 - Planning and Governance
PLNG5510 - Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
GEOG2206 - Social Geography and Planning
GEOG3009 - Special learning unit: West Australian Parliamentary Internship - suspended 2017-8


My core research and teaching interests focus on political geographies and planning for people and places across the scales of the city, regional, and community development. Over the past decade my primary area of expertise is in governance and planning of contemporary urbanism related to urban intensification and building community in high-rise housing. My work builds from the basis of my award-winning PhD ('Rethinking Community in Planning: A review of the role of planners and citizens in building strong communities') exploring why and how planners and communities need to better understand our interdependence between individuals and collectively. In recent work, I have explored the implications of rethinking community and governance in digital urbanism, super-sizing cities through local government amalgamations, and using conflict productively in planning. My multi-disciplinary research extends from political economies of community development to political ecologies of healthy environments; aiming to manage conflict and generate equitable outcomes where humans and non-humans interact and compete for space and resources. I am a registered bee-keeper and qualified queen-bee breeder interested in the urban wild and post-humanism.
I champion political thinking about how we learn to disagree, live harmoniously in high-rise housing, and plan for more or less transformative community governance in smaller and larger cities now and ahead.
Core areas include: (1) Community planning and development; (2) Political and Planning theory and practice; (3) Strategic governance through public policy and law; (4) Transformative change mechanism for just and inclusive cities
Research keywords include: Community wellbeing, health, and development; Community engagement and capacities; Social sustainability; Housing; Urban governance and planning; Conflict; Strategic planning; Participatory planning; Political economy; Political ecology; Mutual learning; Commons; Urban futures.

Industry keywords

  • Government
  • Built Environment
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • Community development
  • Planning theory and professional practice
  • Governance and policy
  • Health and well-being
  • Community engagement
  • Post-human geographies
  • Smart Cities and strategic metropolitan planning
  • Human and urban geography
  • Conflict and Consensus
  • Political economy and ecology
  • Green Spaces
  • Governance innovation


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