PROF Carolyn Whitzman

PROF Carolyn Whitzman


  • Gender, local governance and violence prevention (gender, local governance, planning, violence prevention, Victoria, Australia)
  • Institutional enablers to children's independent mobility (governance, transportation)
  • The relationships between the built environment and health, liveability, and equity outcomes (governance, planning)



  • Dr. Carolyn Whitzman is Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the lead editor of Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (Earthscan, 2013), author of Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto Neighbourhood 1875-2002 (University of British Columbia Press, 2009) and The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: practical planning tools (Earthscan, 2008), and the co-author of Safe Cities: guidelines for planning, design, and management (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995). Previously, she worked for the City of Toronto on healthy city initiatives. Dr. Whitzman has an international reputation for her work on the prevention of violence.

    Current research interests include: the policy implications of planning for liveable and equitable cities in a national and international context, planning interventions to increase independent mobility for children, and the development of participatory planning tools with women, children, and people with disability.

    For further information on her current research, see the following website:
    Getting to Yes - overcoming barriers to affordable family-friendly housing in central Melbourne:   


Member of

  • Planning Institute of Australia. Board member 2004 -
  • Women in Cities International. Board member 2002 - 2012
  • Planning for Health and Well-being project, PIA-Vic/VicHealth. Chair 2004 - 2006


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Current Research Grants:

    "Getting to Yes: overcoming barriers to affordable family-friendly housing in central Melbourne (Carlton Connect Grant, with industry partner support from the Urban Development Institute of Australia, Victorian State Government, City of Melbourne, Housing Choices Australia, Planning Institute of Australia, MGS Architects, and SGS Economics and Planning) 2013-2014

    "CATCH: children, active travel, connectedness, and health" (ARC Discovery Grant DP1094495) 2010-2013

    "iMATCH: independent mobility, active travel, and children's health" (ARC Linkage Grant)  2010-2013



Education and training

  • PhD, McMaster University 2003
  • MA, University of Toronto 1988
  • BA(hons), Concordia University 1986

Awards and honors

  • Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Teaching, Planning Institute of Australia (Victorian Division), 2008
  • Starkey-Robinson Award, Canadian Association of Geographers, 2005
  • Faculty Teaching Award, 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Carolyn Whitzman has supervised or co-supervised five PhD students to successful completion.  Her particular areas of interest involve participatory planning tools in working with marginalized populations, and overcoming institutional barriers to planning for health, equity and liveability.

    Examples of previous PhD students:
    Leshinsky, J. R. (2010). Knowing the social: the place for social impacts in the planning law decision-making process in Victoria, Australia
    Castelino, T. (2011). The influence of gender discourses on local government violence prevention efforts

    Current PhD students:
    Cook, A. Citizen Kid: Children's Independent Mobility and Active Citizenship.
    Love, P. Social Capital and Children's Independent Mobility in Catholic Schools in Victoria
    Lowe, M.  Integrated Planing for Healthy Communities in Victoria: do Victorian State Government policies promote it?
    Pattinson, W. Overcoming Barriers to Promote a safe cycling system in inner Melbourne.
    Doyon, A. Shophouses as a model for the 20 Minute City