Dr Gethin Davison
BA (Hons) Geography
MA Town Planning
PhD (Urban Design)
I am an interdisciplinary teacher and researcher with a background in human geography, planning, urban design and housing. Prior to becoming a lecturer at UNSW Built Environment, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the City Futures Research Centre. I have also worked as a planner in both the public and private sectors. My research is situated at the intersection of planning, design and development, and has most recently focused on the governance of design in Sydney. I have been a Lead or Chief Investigator on research grants worth more than AU$1.6m to date. At UNSW Built Environment, I teach a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in planning, urban design and research design, and have recieved many awards for the quality of my courses and curriculum development work.
I have been involved in many major research projects examining issues relating to the intersection of planning, design, housing and development. My most recent research output (2019) is a co-authored book focused on the governance of design. Entitled Designing the Global City: Design Excellence, Competitions and the Remaking
of Central Sydney, it is the major output of a multi-year project funded by the Australian Research Council.
I have been a Lead or Chief Investigator on the following research projects:
AHURI: 'Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods'
ARC: 'Designing Global Sydney: the negotiation of public and private interests'
AHURI: 'Understanding and addressing local opposition to affordable housing projects'
AHURI: ‘How sustainable are Australia’s contemporary affordable housing projects?’
AHURI: 'Affordable housing, urban renewal, and planning: Emerging practice in NSW, South Australia and Queensland'
AHURI: 'Understanding leadership, strategy and organisational dynamics in the not-for-profit housing sector'
AHURI: 'Addressing spatial concentrations of social disadvantage'
UNSW FBE: ‘The role and potential of government land agencies in providing land for affordable housing’
Housing NSW: 'Building Stronger Communities final evaluation'
I have taught a variety of courses in planning, urban design and research design at UNSW. At present, I am responsible for teaching Urban Design (PLAN2003) and Plan Making Studio (PLAN4002) in the Bachelor of City Planning degree.
I have successfully supervised six Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates to completion and am currently supervising HDR candidates with backgrounds in planning, landscape architecture, urban design and architecture. I welcome proposals from prospective HDR candidates familiar with my work and with interests that align with mine.
Freestone R; Davison G; Hu R, 2018, Designing the global city: Design excellence, competitions and the remaking of central Sydney, 10.1007/978-981-13-2056-9
Davison G; Legacy C; Liu E; Han H; Phibbs P; Van Den Nouwelant R; Darcy M; Piracha A, 2013, Understanding and addressing community opposition to affordable housing development
Milligan V; Hulse K; Davison G; Australian Housing; UNSW-UWS Research Centre; Swinburne-Monash Research Centre; UWA Research Centre, 2013, Understanding leadership, strategy and organisational dynamics in the not-for-profit housing sector
Milligan V; Hulse K; Davison G, 2013, Understanding leadership, strategy and organisational dynamics in the not-for-profit housing sector - AHURI Final Report No 204, Australian Housing and Uban Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70689
Davison G; Gurran N; Van Den Nouwelant R; Pinnegar S; Randolph B; Bramley G; Australian Housing; UNSW-AHURI Research Centre, 2012, Affordable housing, urban renewal and planning: Emerging practice in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales
Wiesel I; Davison G; Milligan V; Phibbs P; Judd B; Zanardo M; Australian Housing; UNSW-UWS Research Centre, 2012, Developing sustainable affordable housing: A project level analysis
Davison G, 2016, 'Regulating Place Distinctiveness A Critique of Approaches to the Protection of 'Neighborhood Character' in Melbourne', in Freestone R; Liu E (ed.), PLACE AND PLACELESSNESS REVISITED, edn. Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design, ROUTLEDGE, pp. 76-91, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000441070700007&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
Davison G; Freestone R, 2019, 'Design competitions and the pursuit of excellence in Sydney's CBD', Architecture Bulletin, vol. 75, pp. 4-7
Freestone R; Davison G; Hu R, 2019, 'Reshaping Sydney by design – few know about the mandatory competitions, but we all see the results', The Conversation
Davison G; Freestone R; Hu R; Baker S, 2018, 'The impacts of mandatory design competitions on urban design quality in Sydney, Australia', Journal of Urban Design, vol. 23, pp. 257-277, 10.1080/13574809.2017.1337497
Davison G, 2017, 'The character of the Just City: The regulation of place distinctiveness and its unjust social effects', Town Planning Review, vol. 88, pp. 305-325, 10.3828/tpr.2017.20
Davison G; Han H; Liu E, 2017, 'The impacts of affordable housing development on host neighbourhoods: two Australian case studies', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol. 32, pp. 733-753, 10.1007/s10901-016-9538-x
legacy C; davison G; Liu EY, 2016, 'Delivering Social Housing: Examining the Nexus between Social Housing and Democratic Planning', Housing, Theory and Society, 10.1080/14036096.2016.1145133
Davison G; Legacy C; Liu E; Darcy M, 2016, 'The Factors Driving the Escalation of Community Opposition to Affordable Housing Development', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 34, pp. 386-400, 10.1080/08111146.2015.1118377
Wiesel I; Davison G, 2014, 'Australia's Unintended Cities: The Impact of Housing on Urban Development', HOUSING STUDIES, vol. 29, pp. 862-863, 10.1080/02673037.2014.922834
Davison G; Legacy C, 2014, 'Positive Planning and Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration: The Role and Potential of Government Land Development Agencies', International Planning Studies, vol. 19, pp. 154-172, 10.1080/13563475.2013.878286
Davison GT, 2013, 'Place-making or place-claiming? Creating a 'latino quarter' in Oakland, California', Urban Design International, vol. 18, pp. 200-216, 10.1057/udi.2012.37
Woodcock I; Dovey K; Davison G, 2012, 'Envisioning the compact city: resident responses to urban design imagery', Australian Planner, vol. 49, pp. 65-78, 10.1080/07293682.2011.595726
Davison G; Dovey K; Woodcock I, 2012, '"Keeping Dalston Different": Defending Place-Identity in East London', Planning Theory and Practice, vol. 13, pp. 47-69, 10.1080/14649357.2012.649909
Davison G; Rowden E, 2012, '"There's Something about Subi": Defending and Creating Neighbourhood Character in Perth, Australia', Journal of Urban Design, vol. 17, pp. 189-212, 10.1080/13574809.2012.666386
Davison G, 2011, 'An unlikely Urban symbiosis: Urban intensification and neighbourhood character in Collingwood, Vancouver', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 29, pp. 105-124, 10.1080/08111146.2011.557995
Baker S; Freestone R; Davison G, 2017, 'Public and private benefits of competitive design processes in central Sydney', in International Urban Design Conference Proceedings 2016, Association for Sustainability in Business, Canberra, pp. 294-312, presented at International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, 07 - 09 November 2016, http://urbandesignaustralia.com.au/archives/16/ud-boppr16.pdf
Freestone R; Davison G; Baker S; Hu R, 2016, 'Institutionalising Design Excellence in Central Sydney 1988-2000', in Hein C (ed.), International Planning History Society Proceedings: History-Urbanism-Resilience, TU Delft, Delft, pp. 165-173, presented at 17th International Planning History Society Conference, Delft, 17 - 21 July 2016, 10.7480/iphs.2016.7.1344
Hu R; Freestone R; Davison G, 2016, 'Pursuing Design Excellence in a Global CBD: The City of Sydney's strategic plans, 1988-2008', in Bosman C; Dedekorkut-Howes A (eds.), Icons: The making, meaning and undoing of urban icons and iconic cities, Australasian Urban History Planning History Group and Griffith University, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, pp. 182-197, presented at 13th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 31 January - 03 February 2016, https://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/867298/UHPH16-Proceedings-FINAL-29-06-16-1.pdf
Freestone R; Davison G; Hu R; Baker S, 2016, 'The Regulation of Excellence: Design Competitions in Sydney', in Burton P; Shearer H (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2015: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Conference 2015, Gold Coast, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2015, Gold Coast, 09 - 11 December 2015, http://soacconference.com.au/soac-conference-proceedings/
Thompson S; Easthope H; Davison G, 2015, 'Weak Tie Relationships in High Density Residential Areas and the Types of Spaces Used to Maintain Them', in Burton P; Shearer H (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2015: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Gold Coast, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2015, Gold Coast, 09 - 11 December 2015, http://soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Thompson1.pdf
Legacy C; Davison G; Liu EY; van den Nouwelant R; Piracha A, 2013, 'Democratic Infrastructure? Delivering affordable housing under Australia’s Social Housing Initiative', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/soac-conference-proceedings-and-powerpoint-presentations/
Davison G; Legacy C; Liu EY; van den Nouwelant R; Piracha A, 2013, 'How and why does community opposition to affordable housing development escalate? “Unsupported development” in Parramatta, NSW', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Davison-Social.pdf
Davison G, 2011, 'The role and potential of government land agencies in facilitating and delivering urban renewal', in State of Australian Cities National Conference, Australian Sustainabile Cities and Regions Network (ASCRN), Melbourne, presented at 5th State of Australian Cities Conference 2011, Melbourne, 29 November - 02 December 2011
Davison G; Milligan V; Lawson J, 2010, 'Upping the ante: The role and potential of government land agencies in providing land for affordable housing', in 5th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference
Legacy C; Davison G; Liu E, 2016, 'Delivering Social Housing: Examining the Nexus between Social Housing and Democratic Planning', in Housing, Theory and Society, pp. 324-341, 10.1080/14036096.2016.1145133
Legacy C; Liu EY; Davison G, 2015, 'Delivering social housing: Examining the nexus between social housing and the urban democracy agenda', European Network for Housing Research Conference, Lisbon, presented at European Network for Housing Research Conference, Lisbon, 28 June - 01 July 2015
Davison G; Milligan V; Lawson J, 2010, 'The role and potential of public land agencies in the provision of land for affordable housing', 5th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Auckland, University of Auckland, presented at 5th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Auckland, University of Auckland, 17 - 19 November 2010
Creative Written Works
Freestone R; Baker S; Davison G; Hu R, 2017, Design Competitions and the "Design Dividend" in Central Sydney, Association for Sustainability in Business website, http://sustainability.asn.au/blog/competitive-design-central-sydney/
Davison G; Liu EY, 2016, Neighbours’ fears about affordable housing are worse than any impacts, The Conversation, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/neighbours-fears-about-affordable-housing-are-worse-than-any-impacts-69291
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