Postgraduate Research Student Profiles

Catherine Evans

Urbanising Nature and the Nature of Urbanisation: the politics of park making in late 20th century Sydney

Evans is conducting research that aims to demonstrate that Sydney’s late 20th-century urban transformation was grounded fundamentally in a shifting relationship between the city and its landscape.

Evans argues that this process hinged in part on sites that were previously redundant being revalorised into urban areas, and she is interested in the changing approaches to the planning, provision and design of large urban parks and new frameworks for the design and planning of urban green space.
To demonstrate her theory, Evans is using case studies of three types and scales of parks initiated by the NSW government in the 1980s and 1990s to reveal how the confluence between urban ecology, conservation and park-making underpinned broader urban strategies.