Dr Christine Steinmetz is Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of City Planning Program. Since becoming a full-time member of staff in 2009, Christine has been involved with numerous activities within the faculty: Director of Postgraduate Research, Ethics Committee, Faculty Research Management Committee, Chair of the Higher Degree Research Committee and a core leader for higher degree curriculum and research committees.
Christine’s scholarly interests include the social construction of place on university campuses, the student experience, and communication theory. These three areas were the crux of her 2009 doctoral thesis “Universities as Place: An Intergenerational Perspective on the Experience of Australian University Students” and continue to be integral to her teaching and research nexus as well as grounding her in her current role as DPGRS. Christine has numerous higher education and planning peer-reviewed conference publications and a recent book chapter in the second edition of Planning Australia. Her recent publication is (Sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry, is co-edited with Dr Paul Maginn.
Over the past few years, Christine has been conducting research on the adult entertainment and sex industries in Australia. The research has been focused on the planning and regulation around these contentious land uses, progressive and best models 'in practice' from a global perspective, and the sex economy as making a significant contribution to a night time economy within the urban landscape.
Christine teaches introduction to planning (1st year) qualitative research methods (4th year) and research design and thesis project to final year students. As well as supervising undergraduate honours BPlan students, Christine also supervises PhD and Master’s students.