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Associate Professor Susan Oakley

Telephone +61 8 8313 3352
Position Head of School
Email susan.oakley@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8313 4388
Building Napier Building
Floor/Room G 21
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Social Sciences

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Biography/ Background

Associate Professor Oakley is a research member in the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning.  Her research expertise is the relationship between urban planning, governance and urban regeneration with a focus on disused docklands in Australia.  This research is centred on two inter-related themes; firstly, an investigation of the transfer of 'models' of redevelopment and secondly, the practice of contemporary urban governance and planning orthodoxy to inter-city competitiveness and high density-oriented urbanism.

A/Prof Oakley is also involved in youth homelessness research undertaking work for the Commonwealth Government in the areas of the experiences of youth homelessness; ways to better support young homeless people into independent living and better models to assist rural youth homelessness.  Her research expertise centres on applied social research with a focus on citizenship and public policy issues around homelessness and housing in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

PhD Sociology (Flinders University of South Australia) 2001

BA Honours First Class (Flinders University of South Australia) 1994

BA (Flinders University of South Australia) 1993 

Teaching Interests

Social Sciences in Australia , Social Theory in Action, Politics, Policy and Citizenship, Social Research, Youth and Work.

Research Interests

Urban waterfront regeneration

Urban governance/ planning and participation in urban regeneration 

Space-place and urban citizenship

Youth issues/homelessness

 

 

Research Funding

NATIONALLY COMPETITVE GRANTS

2014-2015 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) ($144,000) with Dr Selina Tually, Dr Debbie Faulkner, Associate Professor Michele Slatter, Dr Dee Michell

Project: The role of private rental brokerage in supporting housing outcomes for vulnerable Australians

2012-2013 FaHCSIA (Commonwealth Government) ($70,000)

Project: Understanding the circumstances and experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex homeless in Australia.

2011-2013 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant ($91,000)

Project: Creating better pathways into civic participation for young homeless people through sustainable accommodation and support program models.

2005 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant ($180,000) with Associate Professor Barbara Pocock

Project: Work Household Community and Services Project.

2005 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (APAI) ($72,000) with Associate Professor Barbara Pocock

Project: Young casuals and workplace citizenship

2004 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant ($165,000) with Associate Professor Barbara Pocock, Dr John Buchanan, Dr Iain Campbell, Dr Ian Watson

Project: Experiences and Dimensions of Low Paid Workers in Australia.

2003 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (52,000) with Dr Andrew Beer, Dr Paul Delfabbro, Dr Kristin Natalier, Dr Fiona Verity

Project: Developing models of good practice in meeting the needs of young homeless people in rural area.  

Publications

BOOK CHAPTERS

Beer, A., Delfabbro, P., Natalier, K., Oakley, S., Packer, J. and Verity, F. (2006)'Homelessness Amongst Young People in Rural Regions of Australia' in Paul Cloke and Paul Widdowfield (eds) International Perspectives on Rural Homelessness, Routledge.

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Horne, Sandy., Tually Selina., Slatter, Michele., Faulkner, Debbie and Oakley, Susan (2015) 'Private  Rental Brokerage: Establishing the State of Play', Parity 28(5): 25-27 <http://search.informit.com.au.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/documentSummary;dn=326584217658202;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1032-6170.

Tually, S., Slatter, M., Oakley, S., Faulkner, D. and Horne, S. (2015) The Role of Private Rental Support Programmes in Housing Outcomes for Vulnerable Australians, Positioning Paper, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ISBN: 978-1-922075-75-79-6.

Oakley, S. (2014) 'Understanding the planning and practice of redeveloping disused docklands using critical urban assemblage as a lens: a case study of Port Adelaide, Australia', Planning Practice and Research, 29(2): 171-186.

Oakley, S. (2014) 'A Lefebvrian analysis of redeveloping derelict urban docklands for high-density consumption living, Australia', Housing Studies 29(2): 235-250.

Oakley, S. & Michell, D. (2013) 'Partnering Students in Practical Research', Ergo: Journal of Education Research Adelaide 3(2): 23-30.

Oakley, S. and Johnson, L. (2013) 'Place-taking and place-making in waterfront renewal, Australia', Urban Studies, 50(2): 341-355.

Oakley, S. (2011) 'Re-imagining city waterfronts: a comparative analysis of governing renewal in Adelaide, Darwin and Melbourne,  Urban Policy and Research, 29(3): 221-238.

Oakley, S. and Hancock, J. (2010) ''Hybrid Foyers': A 21st Century response to Youth Homelessness Accommodation?' Parity, 23(3): 24.

Oakley, S. (2009) 'Governing Urban Waterfront Renewal: the politics, opportunities and challenges for the inner harbour of Port Adelaide, Australia' Australian Geographer, 40(3): 297-317.

Oakley, S. (2007) 'The Role of Urban Governance in Re-constructing Place, Economic Function and Social Relations in Urban Waterfront Regeneration: The Case of Port Adelaide, South Australia', Space and Polity, 11(3): 279-295.

Oakley, S. (2007) 'Public consultation and place-marketing in the revitalisation of the Port Adelaide waterfront', Urban Policy and Research, 25(1): 113-128.

Rofe, M. W. and Oakley, S. (2006) 'Constructing the Port: External Perceptions and Intervention in the Creation of Place in Port Adelaide', South Australia, Geographical Research, 44(3): 272-284.

Oakley, S. (2005) 'Working Port or Lifestyle Port: preliminary analysis of the Port Adelaide waterfront redevelopment', Geographical Research 43(3): 319-326.

Beer, A., Delfabbro, P., Oakley, S., Verity, F. and Natalier, K. (2005) Developing Models of Good Practice in Meeting the Needs of Homeless Young People in Rural Areas, Final Report, AHURI: Melbourne.  ISBN: 1 920941 72 X

Oakley, S. (2005) 'Where you live does make a difference: the experience of young homeless people accessing housing, employment and social support in Bunbury and Busselton', Western Australia, Parity 18(6): 23.

Oakley, S. (2004) 'Politics of recollection: examining the rise and fall of DURD and Better Cities through narrative', Urban Policy and Research 22(3): 299-314.

Oakley, S. and Verity, F. (2003) 'Revisiting urban entrepreneurialism a place based politics in the production of collective identity', Urban Policy and Research 21(2): 191-203.

PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Oakley, S.  (2013) 'Accommodating population growth in the CBD: changes, challenges and opportunities for multi-level community living in Adelaide, South Australia', Refereed Paper at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 6-8 February, ISBN: 978-0-646-90922-6.

Oakley, S. (2012) 'High-rise, high-density urban waterfront renewal: A metropolitan policy panacea or placebo in recreating 21st century cities?, Refereed Paper at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 8-10 February, http://www.adelaide.edu.au/churp/ahrc12/

Goudie, S. and Oakley, S. (2012) 'Responding to Youth Homelessness in the 21st Century: A research and policy agenda for delivering a better model of accommodation and support that fosters civic inclusion and participation for young homeless people', Refereed Paper at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 8-10 February, http://www.adelaide.edu.au/churp/ahrc12/

Oakley, S. and Johnson, L. (2011) 'The Challenge to (Re)plan the Melbourne Docklands and Port Adelaide Inner Harbour: a research agenda for sustainable renewal of urban waterfronts' Refereed Paper at the State of Australian Cities: National Conference 2011, Melbourne 29 November - 2 December 2011, CDROM ISBN 978-0-646-56905-8.

Oakley, S. (2009) 'Governing urban change in a global financial crisis: a comparative analysis of waterfront renewal in Adelaide, Darwin and Melbourne, Refereed Paper at the State of Australian Cities National Conference 09, Perth 24-27 November 2009, CDROM ISBN 1863081569.

Oakley, S. (2007) 'Discourses of community in urban waterfront regeneration: the case study of the Port Adelaide waterfront redevelopment', Refereed Paper at the State of Australian Cities: National Conference 07, Urban Research Program, Joint University of Adelaide, UNISA and Flinders University, Adelaide, 28 November - 30 November 2007, CDROM ISBN 978-0-646-48194-4.

Oakley, S. (2006)'Your Harbour Your Dream': The Impact on Housing, Work and Community through the Urban Regeneration of the Port Adelaide Waterfront Redevelopment', Refereed Paper at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, South Research Institute and the South Australian Housing Trust, Adelaide, 19 June - 21 June 2006.

Oakley, S. and Rofe, M. (2005) 'Global Space or Local Place? The Port Adelaide Waterfront Redevelopment and Entrepreneurial Urban Governance', Refereed Paper at the State of Australian Cities: National Conference 05, Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, 30 November - 2 December, Electronic Proceedings, http://www.griffith.edu.au/confernce/soac2005/

Oakley, S. (2004) 'Revisiting the Situatedness of Institutional Urban Management: The Politics of Urban Policy in Australian Federal Governance', Refereed Paper presented in the Health/Urban Policy Stream, APSA Conference, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 29September-1 October 2004. APSA 2004 Refereed Papers, Electronic Proceedings, http://www.adelaide.edu.au/apsa/papers

REPORTS

Oakley, S. and Bletsas, A. (2013) Understanding the circumstances and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender questioning people who are homeless in Australia: a scoping study, Final Report, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Australian Government. ISBN: 978-0-9875993-3-9.

Bletsas, A. and Oakley, S. (2013) Understanding the circumstances and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender questioning people who are homeless in Australia: a scoping study, Positioning Paper, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Australian Government.

Beer, A., Delfabbro, P., Oakley, S., Verity, F. and Natalier, K. (2003) Developing Models of Good Practice in Meeting the Needs of Homeless Young People in Rural Areas, Positioning Paper, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

SELECT INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL CONFERENCES 

2013 Joint AESOP-ACSP Congress, Dublin, July, 'Waterfront regeneration in Australia: local responses to global trends in re-imagining disused city docklands'.

2012 ERGA Conference, Adelaide, September 'Partnering Students in Practical Research' (joint paper with Dr Dee Michell).

2011 The Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, Adelaide, November 'Intersections of Waterfront Renewal: Gendering Urban Planning and Practice in Adelaide'.

2011 Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference, London (invited) 'Creating liveable waterfronts: A comparative study of governance, regeneration and image of dockland renewal in Adelaide and Melbourne'.

2011 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Wollongong, July 'Vertical suburbs: How waterfront apartment living is changing Australian cities' (joint paper with Associate Professor Louise Johnson).

2010 Fay Gale Inaugural Annual Conference, Adelaide, November 'Creating liveable waterfronts: a critical gendered analysis of urban renewal'.

2010 New Zealand Geographical Society/Institute of Australian Geographers Joint Conference, Christchurch, July 'Watermarks: Remaking places in the luminal zones of Australia' (joint paper with Associate Professor Louise Johnson).

2009 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Cairns, September 'Sitting on the dock of the bay...watching the economic tide roll by Adelaide and Melbourne Waterfronts' (joint paper with Associate Professor L Johnson).

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesEnvironment, Sociology
ExpertiseSusan Oakley is an urban sociologist. Her research expertise is the relationship between urban planning, governance & urban renewal of brownfield sites. Dr Oakley is also involved in research on the gendered nature of youth homelessness. Currently she is studying pathways into independent living & civic participation for homeless people through sustainable accommodation & support programs.
NotesAlt phone: (08) 8303 3715

Entry last updated: Sunday, 24 Jan 2016

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