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Kate Shaw

social sciences
urban studies
regional & urban planning
public administration
environmental sciences & ecology
life sciences & biomedicine
environmental studies
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Kate Shaw

Primary Interest
Urban renewal
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Kate Shaw


Kate Shaw is an Honorary Research Fellow in Urban Geography and Planning. She is currently writing a book from her latest research which focuses on urban renewal in the 21st century.

The book is titled 'The squander and salvage of urban waterfronts', to be published by Palgrave MacMillan. It starts from the premise that the economic case for growth has combined with the environmental case for limiting urban sprawl to produce an irresistible logic for increasing the densities of Australian cities. The research then explores ways of improving on the renewal projects of the last 50 years by examining the legislative, regulatory, financial, political and cultural barriers to socially equitable development.
Kate's background is in alternative cultures. She has particular interest in Melbourne's live music and indie arts scenes, and advises governments and local campaigns on planning and policies to maintain them. Before the current research she completed an ARC discovery project in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at Melbourne University titled 'Planning the 'creative city': reconciling global strategies with local subcultures' (2009-2012). Prior to this she was research associate on a large linkage project titled 'Transnational and temporary: students, community and place-making in central Melbourne' (2005-2008). Before becoming research-only, Kate taught planning law, statutory planning, urban design and ran classes on political economy, gentrification and the cultures of cities.Her previous books include 'Across Theory and Practice: Thinking though urban research', Berlin: Jovis, co-edited with Monika Grubbauer (2018) and 'Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration strategies', London: Routledge, co-edited with Libby Porter (2009).

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Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Award with Prof Ruth Fincher, Prof Paolo Tombesi and Honorary Prof Paul Carter


AESOP prize for best published paper over 2005

Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) prize for best published paper in 2005


Stegley Foundation award for social justice in postgraduate research







Deputy Chair

Creative Spaces working group, City of Melbourne


Editorial Board, City, Culture and Society


Editorial Board, Planning Theory and Practice


International Network for Urban Research and Action


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Social Science

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Graduate Diploma in Urban Policy and Planning

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology