DR Crystal Legacy

DR Crystal Legacy


  • Participatory Planning (conflict in planning)
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transport planing (Transport politics)
  • Urban Governance (urban policy)



  • Dr Crystal Legacy is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne and a former Australian Research Council DECRA recipient (2014-2017). Crystal has published widely on the topics of transport politics, urban conflict, citizen participation, strategic plan-making, urban governance and infrastructure planning and has acted as a Guest Editor on several journal special issues including most recently for Urban Policy and Research ("Critical Urban Infrastructure" with A/Prof Wendy Steele). She is also on the editorial board for the journals Planning Theory and Practice (Comments and Reviews Editor) and Urban Policy and Research (Reviews Editor). Her current research interests include urban transport politics where she is currently working on a substantial body of work that seeks to reframe the role of citizens in transport planning in the 'urban age'. Her interest in contemporary models of urban governance and transportation planning also extends to the area of autonomous vehicles where she is working with a team of researchers on the relationships between transport innovation, urban governance and strategic planning. Crystal also has a keen interest in planning theory with a particular interest in communicative planning, agonism, post-foundational readings of urban politics and deliberative democracy    


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • • (2014 – 2017) Principal Investigator of the Australian Research Council (DECRA) Grant “Planning in a state of panic: did the economic crisis transform city making practices for the long term?”. Grant total $392,815.00. • (2015 – 2016) Chief Investigator of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Grant titled “The affordable housing industry and large scale national stock transfer”. Grant Total $73,523 (with Dr Julie Lawson and Dr Sharon Parkison). • (2012- 2013) Chief Investigator of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Grant titled “Understanding and addressing community opposition to affordable housing development”. Grant total $127,264.00 (with Dr Gethin Davison, Dr Edgar Liu, Dr Hoon Han, Professor Peter Phibbs, Mr Ryan van den Noulewant, Professor Michael Darcy and Dr Awais Piracha).    


Education and training

  • Urban Planning, University of Melbourne 2010

Awards and honors

  • Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA), Australian Research Council, 2013
  • Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow, RMIT University, 2013



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise RHD students on subjects focusing on transport policy and politics, urban governance, participatory planning, urban conflict, planning theory and strategic planning.