People

Dr Christine Steinmetz

City Planning UG

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 2009

Master of Science Education (MSc Ed) University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom 2004

Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Trinity College, Cambridge (UK), Barcelona, Spain, Europe 2001                                              

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States 1995

Room: 
2017
Building: 
Red Centre, West Wing
Kensington
Phone: 
02 9385 7417
Fax: 
+61 2 9385 5613
Bio: 

Dr Christine Steinmetz is a senior lecturer in City Planning at UNSW. Christine’s current research portfolio focuses primarily on smart cities. In 2018, she spent three months in Tel Aviv working with the Tel Aviv Foundation, researching how their smart city and citizen-led initiatives incorporate technology, to facilitate place. In the past two years, Christine, along with the Smart Social Spaces Team, from UNSW Sydney, have been awarded over 1.5 million AUD from Australian Commonwealth Departments of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Industry, Innovation and Science.

Christine’s previous research saw her being internationally recognised and awarded for her research on adult entertainment venues and the planning and regulation, global best-practises, and significant commercial contribution they can bring to a night time economy. Her co-edited book, (sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry (2015) covers many of these topics and was awarded at a state and national level for cutting edge research. Recently she was awarded the UNSW Cité Internationale des Artes to study in Paris for three months where she continued work on contentious land uses (adult entertainment venues) in the urban environment. In 2016, she was awarded a three- month placement as a Visiting Professor at the University of Santiago, Chile. Whist consulting with the Director or Research as part of her visiting role, she also undertook a study that mapped the café con piernas in the Santiago Metropolitan area. 

Christine is a tenured academic member of staff in the Bachelor of City Planning program in the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales Sydney. Her current course profile consists of teaching Introductory to Planning (1st year), Research Design (4th year) and  Honours Thesis Project (4th year).

Christine currently supervises PhD and Master's by Research Candidates.

Research Activities: 

Christine's recent university sabbatical in 2018 was predominantly spent in Tel Aviv working with the Tel Aviv Foundation researching smart city initiatives underway in the Tel Aviv Municipality. As the Tel Viv Foundation Asia-Pacific Research Liaison, she actively promotes research collaborations and knowledge exchange with Tel Aviv Municipality and her global city network of colleagues.

Along with Nancy Marshall, Kate Bishop, Christian Tietz, Linda Corkery, Miles Park, Homa Rahmat and Susan Thompson, she currently shares the role as chief investigator on two Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet in the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program grants: Smart Social Spaces: Smart Street Furniture Supporting Social Health, 2017 ($657,742) and ChillOUT: Smart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places, 2018 ($879,338). 

Prior research dealt mainly with studying land use, more specifically, the geographies and regulation of adult entertainment and commercial sex industries on a global scale. Of central concern are the potential impacts of and on surrounding urban environments, the role of various stakeholder groups, subcultural sex-on-premises venues and the regulatory framework that surrounds them. Christine continues work on contentious land uses in the urban environment. Her co-edited book, (sub) Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry (2015) covers many of these topics.

Grants: 

UNSW High Value Data Collection Grant, UNSW 2019 ($15000)

ChillOUT: Smart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places, Smart Cities and Suburbs Grant Program Round 2, Australian Commonwealth Departments of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Industry, Innovation and Science, 2018 ($879,338)

Smart Social Spaces: Smart Street Furniture Supporting Social Health, Chief Investigator, Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, 2017, ($657,742)

UNSW Cite Internationale des Artes Paris Studio, UNSW 2017 (three-month residency)

Research Start Scholarship, BE, UNSW 2015 ($2000)

Scholarship of Learning & Teaching Grant 2015 ($3000)

Early Career Researcher Grant, BE, 2011 ($9,044)

BE BIG Research Idea Grant, BE, UNSW 2011 ($5000)

Research Link Scholarship Program, BE, UNSW 2011 ($1500)

Research Link Scholarship Program, BE, UNSW 2011 ($1500)

Learning and Teaching Grant Seed Funding, UNSW 2010 ($3000)

Research Link Scholarship Program, BE, UNSW 2006, 2009, 2010 (3x$1000)

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, Grant Manager, BE, UNSW (value $427, 630)

Awards: 

2016 National award for Excellence in Cutting Edge Research and Teaching from Planning Institute of Australia for (Sub)urban sexscapes: Geographies and regulation of the sex industry (Routledge 2015)

2015 Award for Excellence in Cutting Edge Research and Teaching from Planning Institute of Australia (WA) for (Sub)urban sexscapes: Geographies and regulation of the sex industry (Routledge 2015)

2013 International Award for Excellence, Space and Flows Journal (2013)

2012 Theo Murphy High Flyer’s Think Tank Award, Australian Academy of Science, Adelaide

2008 Wightman Post-Graduate Scholarship in Architecture, FBE, UNSW $10,000

 

Teaching & Supervision: 

Christine has been teaching in the Bachelor of Planning program since 2009. Courses include: Planning Theory and Practice (first year), Local Planning (first year) Integrated Planning—Communication for Planners (2nd year) and Qualitative Research Methods (4th year).

Engagement: 

In the Media

Membership

  • Director of Postgraduate Research, FBE (2010-present)
  • Higher Degree Research Committee, UNSW (2010 to present)
  • Higher Degree Research Committee, FBE, chair (2010 to present)
  • Research Management Committee, member (2010 to present)
  • Ethics Committee, FBE, member (2009 to 2012)
  • Built Environment Learning and Teaching Advisory group (2009 to 2010)
  • Group Facilitator for Learning and Teaching Portfolio of L+T Fellow/ADE, FBE (2008)
  • Research Management Committee, Postgraduate Representative, FBE (2005-2008)
  • Member of Urban and Cultural Studies Research Group, FBE (2005-2006)
  • President of Postgraduate Research Council, FBE (2005-2006)
  • International Student Representative for Australian Universities Quality Agency (AQUA) (UNSW) 2005
  • Associate Editor for Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies (2013 volume)

 

Qualitative Research Network Hub (QRN Hub, UNSW), Advisory Panel (2017-present)

This research hub is based at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM). The QRN Hub builds on existing activities at SPHCM and as part of the steering committee, as a founding panel member, I and one of eight who advise and guide the development and ongoing work undertaken by the Hub.

 

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Chile (2016-2017)

This was a non-paid visiting professorship sponsored by the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. I was working directly with, and advising the Associate Dean, Research, on their research directives for 2017 forward. This included a series of workshops presented to undergraduates, postgraduates and academics in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism.

Supervision Area: 

I am interested in supervising higher degree research students who are studying the following topics:

smart cities

Tel Aviv as a global city

university campus design for 2050

Adult premises on a global scale

 

Supervising: 

David Parker (PhD): Conceptualising Optionality in Property Investment

*Christina Papadopoulos (MRes): Contentious land-uses: Home occupation and the male sex worker

*Bo Song (PhD): The evolution of urban systems in the post-world economic crisis

*Ryan Van de Nouwelant (PhD): Land-use conflict and place identity: The case of Kings Cross

*Eveline Mussi (PhD): The socio-spatial legacy of Olympic projects

*Anne Warr (PhD): Women and the modern city: Shanghai 1930s

*Tracie Harvison (PhD): Universities and positive ageing: Emerging modes of engagement for an ageing society

*Jacqueline Power: (PhD): The question of Australian Indigenous spatial ordering

*Sarah Judd (MRes): Housing strategies, outcomes and trajectories of Chinese international students in Sydney

*Joseph Paonessa (MPhil): Integral art + architecture

Publications:
Books

Maginn P; Steinmetz C, (ed.), 2014, (Sub)Urban Sexscapes, Routledge

Book Chapters

Steinmetz C; Maginn PJ, 2020, '(Sub)urban vibrations: The suburbanisation of sex shops and sex toys in Australia', in After Suburbia: Urbanization on the planet’s periphery

Steinmetz C; Oren H, 2020, 'Tel Aviv: Making Place Through Technology', in Marshall N; Bishop K (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st Century City, New York, pp. 219 - 228

Steinmetz CA; Maginn P, 2014, 'The landscape of BDSM venues: a view from down under', in Maginn PJ; Steinmetz C (ed.), (Sub)Urban Sexscapes, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 117 - 138, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415855280/

Maginn P; Steinmetz CA, 2014, 'Spatial and regulatory contours of the (sub)urban sexscape', in Maginn PJ; Steinmetz C (ed.), (Sub)Urban Sexscapes, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 1 - 16, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415855280/

Maginn P; Steinmetz CA, 2014, 'Cosmo-sexual Sydney: global city status, urban cosmopolitanism and the (sub)urban sexscape', in Maginn PJ; Steinmetz C (ed.), (Sub)Urban Sexscapes, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 19 - 43, http://routledge-ny.com/sociology/articles/suburban_sexscapes/

Maginn P; Steinmetz CA, 2014, 'Conclusion: Towards Pragmatic Regulation of the Sex Industry', in Maginn PJ; Steinmetz C (ed.), (Sub)Urban Sexscapes, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 261 - 270, http://routledge-ny.com/sociology/articles/suburban_sexscapes/

Marshall N; Steinmetz CA; Zehner RB, 2012, 'Community Participation in Planning', in Thompson S; Maginn PJ (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 276 - 294, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000313115100014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Journal articles

Steinmetz C, 2020, 'Airbnb: Finding place amongst other people’s stuff', Urban Research and Practice, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17535069.2020.1817537

Steinmetz C; Rahmat H; Marshall N; Bishop K; Thompson S; Park M; Corkery L; Tietz C, 2020, 'Liking, Tweeting and Posting: An Analysis of Community Engagement through Social Media Platforms', Urban Policy and Research, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2020.1792283

Crowe P; Steinmetz C, 2019, 'Community building: Learnings from the local pub', New Planner, vol. 2019, pp. 18 - 19

Glover K; Steinmetz CA, 2016, 'Are we satisfied?', New Planner, pp. 18 - 19, http://www.planning.org.au/documents/item/7656

Steinmetz C, 2013, 'Ethics and planning research', AUSTRALIAN PLANNER, vol. 50, pp. 91 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2012.758080

Van den Nouwelant R; steinmetz CA, 2013, 'Concentration vs. Dispersal of a Late-night Economy', Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, vol. 3, pp. 31 - 43, http://ijf.cgpublisher.com/

Steinmetz C; Freestone R; Hendriks L, 2013, 'Women, professionalism and leadership in state government planning in New South Wales', Australian Planner, vol. 50, pp. 282 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2012.748084

Steinmetz C; Freestone R; Hendriks L, 2012, 'Women, professionalism and leadership in state government planning in New South Wales', Australian Planner, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2012.748084

Steinmetz C, 2011, 'Consuming space: placing consumption in perspective', AUSTRALIAN PLANNER, vol. 48, pp. 316 - 317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2011.628279

Steinmetz C, 2010, 'Ethics and Planning Research', URBAN POLICY AND RESEARCH, vol. 28, pp. 238 - 240, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000283008000010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Conference Papers

Mussi E; Steinmetz C; Evans C; Corkery L, 2018, 'The role of public participation in the future of Sydney Olympic Park as a sustainable place', University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, presented at Smart and Sustainable Built Environment Conference (SASBE), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 05 December 2018 - 07 December 2018, https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/6e13f1_682d42481a4d4e08b9a046cfade9616a.pdf

Rahmat H; Marshall N; Steinmetz C; Park M; Tietz C; Bishop K; Thompson S; Corkery L, 2018, 'Smart City Initiatives: A Catalyst for Meaningful Collaboration', in Smart City Initiatives: A Catalyst for Meaningful Collaboration, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (SASBE) Conference, Sydney, presented at Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (SASBE) Conference, Sydney, 04 December 2018 - 07 December 2018

Ryan K; Steinmetz CA, 2017, 'Sydney’s other housing crisis: The cemetery', in Sydney’s other housing crisis: The cemetery, State of Australian Cities, Adelaide, presented at State of Australian Cities, Adelaide, 28 November 2017 - 30 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/50/5b30371234307

Steinmetz CA; Mussi ET, 2012, ''Settling In': Postgradate Resesarch Student Experiences; An International Perspective', in AARE Conference Papers, AARE, Melbourne, pp. 1 - 11, presented at AARE-APERA 2012, Sydney, 02 December 2012 - 06 December 2012, http://www.aare.edu.au/papers/2012/STEINMETZ%20C%20and%20Mussi%20E.pdf#zoom=85

Freestone R; Hendriks L; Steinmetz CA, 2011, 'Gendered Narratives in Professional Planning Practise in Postwar Sydney', in Grimshaw P; Tomsic M (ed.), Women, Leadership and Democracy in Australia, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, presented at Women, Leadership and Democracy in Australia, Canberra, ACT, AUS, 01 December 2011 - 02 December 2011

Steinmetz CA; Papadopoulos C, 2011, 'The complexity of the sexual city: Defining the sex industry premise', in State of Australian Cities Conference, Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Conference, Melbourne, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference, Melbourne, VIC, 29 November 2011 - 02 December 2011

Steinmetz CA, 2011, 'Why is sex so complex? Commercial sex premises within the New South Wales planning system', in World Planning Schools Congress 2011, University of Western Australia, WA Australia, pp. track 1 - paper 736, presented at World Planning Schools Congress2011, Perth Australia, 04 July 2011 - 08 July 2011

Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'Not your typical first-year undergraduate introductory course: Planning starts now!', in Not your typical first-year undergraduate introductory course: Planning starts now!, Australian Association for Education in, Melbourne, AUS, presented at Australian Association for Education in, Melbourne, AUS, 28 November 2010 - 01 December 2010

Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'Lecturer vs teacher: Are newly conferred PhDs prepared for the classroom?', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, presented at Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Melbourne, Australia, 28 November 2010 - 02 December 2010, http://www.aare.edu.au/10pap/2330Steinmetz.pdf

Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'University and Community Partnerships: Extending Boyer's Legacy beyond the Campus', in Arte-Polis 3: Proceedings, ITB Bandung, Indonesia, pp. 873 - 882, presented at Arte-Polis 3, Bandung, Indonesia, 22 July 2010 - 24 July 2010

Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'Participatory Action-Research through Community Engagement', in ConnectED 2010: proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, presented at ConnectEd 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 28 June 2010 - 01 July 2010

Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'Ethics and the PhD Planning Student', in Ethics and the PhD Planning Student, Australian New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, presented at Australian New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 17 April 2010 - 19 April 2010, http://anzaps.net/admin/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ANZAPS-2010-proceedings.pdf

Marshall NG; Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'The Ideal University', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, USA, 13 January 2010 - 16 January 2010

Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'University as Place', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, USA, 13 January 2010 - 16 January 2010

Cogger R; Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'University as Green Space as Place', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, pp. 3286 - 3290, presented at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, USA, 13 January 2010 - 16 January 2010, http://www.hichumanities.org/AH2010.pdf

Steinmetz CA, 2010, 'Universities: A Condensed History', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, USA, 13 January 2010 - 16 January 2010

Marshall NG; Steinmetz CA, 2008, 'Y Planning Education', in Planning Education in a Globalised World, Conference Proceedings, ANZAPS Conference 2008, Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools(ANZAPS) 2008, Sydney, presented at Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools(ANZAPS) 2008, Sydney, 26 September 2008 - 28 September 2008

Steinmetz CA, 2006, 'Tertiary De-generation: what baby boomer educators need to know', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, presented at AARE 2006: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference (AARE 2006), Adelaide, Sth Aust, 26 November 2006 - 30 November 2006

Marshall NG; Steinmetz C; Corkery L, 2006, 'Drawing Children Out on their Perceptions of Open Space in Western Sydney.', in Drawing Children Out on their Perceptions of Open Space in Western Sydney., New Zealand Planning Institute and Planning Institute of Australia Congress, Gold Coast, Australia, presented at New Zealand Planning Institute and Planning Institute of Australia Congress, Gold Coast, Australia, 02 April 2006 - 05 April 2006

Conference Presentations

Steinmetz C, 2018, 'A typology of cafe con piernas: Santiago, Chile', presented at Spaces and Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 25 October 2018 - 26 October 2018

Steinmetz CA, 2016, 'Adult Premises in the Urban Landscape', presented at Intersecciones: Segundo Congreso Interdisciplinario de Investigacion en Architectura, Diseno, Ciudad y Terriritorio, Santiago, Chile, 13 December 2016 - 15 December 2016

Maginn PJ; Steinmetz CA, 2015, ''The 50 Shades Effect': Geography, typology and regulation of adult retailing in Perth and Sydney', presented at Policy and Politics, Bristol, UK, 15 September 2015 - 16 October 2015, http://www.bris.ac.uk/sps/policypolitcs/policyandpolitics2015/

Steinmetz C; van den Nouwelant R, 2012, 'The late-night economy', presented at Spaces and Flows: International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 11 October 2012 - 13 October 2012

Steinmetz C; Zehner R, 2010, 'Not your typical first-year undergraduate introductory course: Planning starts now!', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 28 November 2010 - 02 December 2010

Marshall NG; Steinmetz CA; Corkery LF, 2006, 'Drawing Children Out on their Perceptions of Open Space in Western Sydney', presented at New Zealand Planning Institute and Planning Institute of Australia Congress, Gold Coast, Australia, 02 April 2006 - 05 April 2006

Reports

Park M; Rahmat, H; Marshall N; Tietz C; Corkery L; Bishop K; Steinmetz C; Thompson S, 2020, Smart Social Spaces Product Sprint, Sydney, Australia

Steinmetz C; Marshall N; Rahmat H; Thompson SBE; Bishop K; Corkery L; Park M; Tietz C, 2020, Tel Aviv Smart City Leadership Report, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, Australia

McKenzie L; Rahmat H; Corkery L; Marshall N; Bishop K; Thompson S; Steinmetz C; Park M; Tietz C, 2020, Heat Study for ChillOUT Hubs: Implications for Design and Use

Bishop K; Rahmat H; Marshall N; Corkery L; Park M; Steinmetz C; Tietz C; Thompson S, 2019, Behaviour mapping report 2: Smart social spaces, smart street furniture supporting social health

Bishop K; Rahmat H; Marshall N; Corkery L; Park M; Steinmetz C; Tietz C; Thompson S, 2019, Behaviour mapping report: Smart social spaces, smart street furniture supporting social health

Marshall NG; Hatherly S; Corkery L; Steinmetz C, 2008, People and Parks: What We Heard: Pulse on Parks Survey., Built Environment, UNSW & NSW Department of Planning., Sydney, NSW

Marshall NG; Corkery L; Steinmetz C, 2007, People and Parks: What We Heard: State Agencies., Built Environment, UNSW & NSW Department of Planning, Sydney, NSW

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