Tuesday, 13 June 2017

RMIT authors showcase - Dr Libby Porter

At RMIT University Library we are extremely proud of our academics and the contributions they make to research and innovation in their fields. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature Dr Libby Porter and her most recent publication,  Planning for coexistence: Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia.

Dr Porter is a Vice Chancellor's Principal
Research Fellow
with RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.  She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has held academic appointments in the UK and Australia. Professor Porter, a scholar-activist, has a particular focus on the role of planning and urban development processes in dispossession and displacement. Her work has looked at these questions in a number of different ways including: Indigenous rights in urban planning and natural resource management; cities and diversity; gentrification and displacement; the impact of mega-events on cities; sustainability and urban governance and she has published widely on these areas.
Dr Porter’s interest in Indigenous rights in urban planning and natural resource management is reflected in her latest publication, Planning for coexistence: Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia. This book compares the experiences of four Indigenous communities in two distinct settler-colonial states, Victoria, Australia and British Columbia, Canada, who are challenging and renegotiating land-use planning in these places, breaking new ground in our understanding of contemporary Indigenous land justice politics.  In doing so, the book grapples with what it means for planning to engage with Indigenous peoples through a critical examination of planning contact zones in these contrasting environments.  

Find the book in the Library: 
Porter, E., Barry J (2016). Planning for coexistence: Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia. Routledge, United Kingdom.

New book due for publication later this year:
Jackson, S, Porter, L and Johnson, L (2017 forthcoming) Planning in Indigenous Australia: From imperial foundations to postcolonial futures, London: Routledge.
Other publications by Dr Porter, include:
Porter, L. (2017) Indigenous people and the miserable failure of planning, In: Planning Practice and Research, Feb 2017 online, 1 - 15
Gray, N.,Porter, L. (2015). By any means necessary: urban regeneration and the "state of exception" in the Commonwealth Games 2014 In: Antipode: A radical journal of geography, 47, 380 - 400
Porter, L. (2010) Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning, Aldershot: Ashgate.
For more information about Dr Libby Porter, see her staff profile which includes a more comprehensive biography and list of her publications.