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Dr Laura Crommelin

City Planning UG, City Planning, Research Centre Staff
Room: 
3047
Phone: 
(02) 9385 0480
Bio: 
Laura Crommelin is a Senior Lecturer in the City Planning Program at UNSW Sydney, teaching planning law and governance and working on research related to urban and housing policy. Laura’s research interests cover a range of trends and issues in post-industrial cities, including urban renewal, urban governance, digital disruptions (e.g. Airbnb), place branding, and DIY urban revitalisation practices. Laura was the 2012-2013 Fulbright NSW Scholar, spending 8 months as a visiting researcher at the University of Michigan. She holds a PhD in urban planning from UNSW, an M.Litt in US Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Publications:
Book Chapters

Crommelin L, 2019, 'Making place by making things again? How artisanal makers are reshaping place in post-industrial Detroit and Newcastle', in Bishop K; Marshall N (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st Century City, Routledge

Crommelin L, 2019, 'Urban Utopia', in Orum AM (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118568446

Pettit C; Ticzon C; Reades J; Wentz EA; Ong P; Martin C; Troy L; Crommelin L, 2018, 'How Disruptive Technology is Impacting the Housing and Property Markets: An Examination of Airbnb', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: The Application of Mapping Technologies, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 36 - 64, https://www.routledge.com/Real-Estate-and-GIS-The-Application-of-Mapping-Technologies/Reed-Pettit/p/book/9781138187986

Crommelin LM; Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H, 2018, 'Everybody needs good neighbours, especially in strata: are new Australian laws enabling forced sales of strata properties justified?', in Compulsory Property Acquisition for Urban Densification, pp. 148 - 165, https://www.routledge.com/Compulsory-Property-Acquisition-for-Urban-Densification/Searle/p/book/9781138500990

Crommelin LM, 2016, 'Examining Place-making in Practice: Observations from the Revitalization of Downtown Detroit', in Freestone R; Liu E (ed.), Place and Placelessness Revisited, Routledge, New York, pp. 153 - 167, https://www.routledge.com/Place-and-Placelessness-Revisited/Freestone-Liu/p/book/9781138937116

Journal articles

Troy L; Randolph B; Pinnegar S; Crommelin L; Easthope H, 2020, 'Vertical Sprawl in the Australian City: Sydney’s High-rise Residential Development Boom', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 38, pp. 18 - 36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2019.1709168

King C; Crommelin L, 2019, 'A different perspective on post-industrial labor market restructuring in Detroit and Pittsburgh', Journal of Urban Affairs, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2019.1645569

Crommelin LM; Troy L; Martin C; Pettit C, 2018, 'Is Airbnb a sharing economy superstar? Evidence from five global cities', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 36, pp. 429 - 444, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2018.1460722

Bunker R; Crommelin L; Troy L; Easthope H; Pinnegar S; Randolph B, 2017, 'Managing the transition to a more compact city in Australia', International Planning Studies, vol. 22, pp. 384 - 399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13563475.2017.1298435

Crommelin LM; Bunker R; Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Pinnegar S, 2017, 'As compact city planning rolls on, a look back: lessons from Sydney and Perth', Australian Planner, vol. 54, pp. 115 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2017.1319869

Crommelin LM, 2017, 'Book review: DIY Detroit', Housing Studies, vol. 32, pp. 379 - 380, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1279719

Van Den Nouwelant R; Crommelin L; Herath S; Randolph B, 2016, 'Housing affordability, central city economic productivity and the lower income labour market', AHURI Final Report, pp. 1 - 173

Crommelin L, 2015, 'Gentrification: A Working-Class Perspective', Housing Studies, vol. 30, pp. 1183 - 1185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2015.1038453

King C; Crommelin L, 2013, 'Surfing the yinzernet: Exploring the complexities of place branding in post-industrial Pittsburgh', Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, vol. 9, pp. 264 - 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/pb.2013.24

Conference Papers

Crommelin LM; Troy L; Easthope H, 2017, 'Inequitable density: the place of lower-income and disadvantaged residents in the compact city', in Inequitable density: the place of lower-income and disadvantaged residents in the compact city, State of Australian Cities, Adelaide, presented at State of Australian Cities, Adelaide, 27 November 2017 - 30 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/50/5b2ddff975912

Crommelin LM, 2013, 'Selling Newcastle to the World, and to Newcastle: a case study of the official and unofficial rebranding of Newcastle, 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 November 2013 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/soac-conference-proceedings-and-powerpoint-presentations/

Drane JR; Cai W; Mussi E; Shi Y; Crommelin L; Wechsler Pizarro A, 2012, 'A tale of two cultures: Building community by researching community', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, pp. 1 - 13, presented at AARE 2012: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference, Sydney, - , http://www.aare.edu.au/publications-database.php/6491/a-tale-of-two-cultures-building-community-by-researching-community

Crommelin LM, 2011, 'Tales of Two Cities: How the Urban Imaginary Has Shaped Detroit and New Orleans', in Hidden Cities: Understanding Urban Popcultures, Interdisciplinary.net, 1st Global Conference: Urban Popcultures, Prague, presented at Interdisciplinary.net, 1st Global Conference: Urban Popcultures, Prague, 08 March 2011 - 10 March 2011, https://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/my-cart/ebooks/society-and-culture/hidden-cities-understanding-urban-popcultures

Conference Presentations

Crommelin L; van den Nouwelant R; Randolph B, 2017, 'These aren't the key workers you're looking for: Revisiting the key worker discourse from a central city productivity perspective.', presented at Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Melbourne, 14 February 2017 - 16 February 2017, http://ahrc2017.com.au/program-2/

Troy LJ; Crommelin L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Pinnegar S; Bunker R, 2016, 'Delivering the numbers: Urban renewal, the market and the planning process', presented at PIA NSW State Conference, Newcastle, 13 October 2016 - 14 October 2016

King C; Crommelin LM, 2016, 'A Different Perspective on Post-Industrial Labor Market Restructuring in Detroit and Pittsburgh', presented at Urban Affairs Association 46th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, 16 March 2016 - 19 March 2016

Crommelin LM, 2015, '"Tales from the Intersection of Creative Class Theory, Place Branding, and Urban Revitalization in the Post-industrial Cities of Detroit and Newcastle"', presented at Spaces and Flows 6th International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Chicago, USA, 15 October 2015 - 16 October 2015, http://spacesandflows.com/2015-conference/special-focus

Crommelin LM, 2015, '"Innovation in urban image change: insights from Newcastle, NSW and Detroit, Michigan"', presented at LESANZ Annual Conference 2015, Melbourne, Australia, 29 April 2015 - 01 May 2015, http://www.lesanz.org.au/conference-information/program-in-a-snap

Crommelin LM, 2014, 'Exploring the Diversity of Economic Revitalisation Efforts in Post-Industrial Cities: A Case Study of Informal Reimaging Strategies in Detroit and Newcastle', presented at Knowledge/Culture/Society, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, 03 November 2014 - 05 November 2014, http://www.uws.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/768599/KCE_Program_301014.pdf

Crommelin LM, 2013, 'Detroit: From the poster child of decline to the poster child of DIY?', presented at Urban Affairs Association, 43rd Conference - Building the 21st Century City: Inclusion, Innovation, and Globalization, San Francisco, 03 April 2013 - 06 April 2013, http://uaa43rd2012a.sched.org/company/Special%20Track:%20Burd%20Track%20on%20Media%20&%20Urban%20Life#.ULwPBGesArc?iframe=yes&w=800&sidebar=yes&bg=no

Crommelin LM, 2012, 'Post-Industrial Place-Making: Exploring Tactical Urbanism as a Revitalization Strategy.', presented at Association of Collegiate Schools and Planning, 53rd Annual Conference: Resurgence of Planning in a New Century., Cincinnati, OH, 01 November 2012 - 04 November 2012, http://www.acsp.org/node/36637

King C; Crommelin LM, 2012, 'Reaffirming the Yinzer in Post-industrial Pittsburgh', presented at Spaces and Flows, Third International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Detroit, MI, 11 October 2012 - 12 October 2012

Crommelin LM, 2011, 'The Tales of Two Cities: The Role of Popular Culture in Shaping the Recoveries of Detroit and New Orleans', presented at Urban Affairs Association, 41st Conference - Reclaiming the City: Building a Just and Sustainable Future, New Orleans, LA, 16 March 2011 - 19 March 2011, http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/past-conferences/

Reports

Easthope H; Crommelin L; Troy L; Davison G; Nethercote M; Foster S; van den Nouwelant R; Kleeman A; Randolph B; Horne R, 2020, Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7120701, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/329

Pettit C; Crommelin L; Sharam A; Hulse K, 2018, The potential of new technologies to disrupt housing policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7115001

Crommelin L; Troy L; Martin C; Parkinson S, 2018, Technological disruption in private housing markets: the case of Airbnb, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report No. 305, 305, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7115201, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/305

Crommelin L; Easthope H; Troy LJ, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 2 The Neighbourhood Scale, UNSW City Futures Research Centre, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/equitable-density-place-lower-income-and-disadvantage-households-dense-city/

Easthope H; Troy LJ; Crommelin L, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 1 The Building Scale, UNSW City Futures Research Centre, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/equitable-density-place-lower-income-and-disadvantage-households-dense-city/

Troy L; Crommelin L; Easthope H, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 3 Metropolitan Scale, UNSW City Futures Research Centre, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/equitable-density-place-lower-income-and-disadvantage-households-dense-city/

van den Nouwelant R; Crommelin LM; Herath S; Randolph B, 2016, Housing Affordability, Central City Economic Productivity and the Lower Income Labour Market (AHURI Final Report #261), AHURI, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 261, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/7431/AHURI_Final_Report_No261_Housing-affordability-central-city-economic-productivity-and-the-lower-income-labour-market.pdf

Troy L; Randolph B; Crommelin L; Easthope H; Pinnegar S, 2015, Renewing the Compact City: Economically viable and socially sustainable approaches to urban redevelopment, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia

Creative Written Works

Crommelin LM, 2017, Book review: Experiencing Cities (3rd edition), Housing Studies, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02673037.2016.1269521

Media

Crommelin L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Loosemore M, 2019, The big lesson from Opal Tower is that badly built apartments aren’t only an issue for residents, https://theconversation.com/the-big-lesson-from-opal-tower-is-that-badly-built-apartments-arent-only-an-issue-for-residents-109722

Crommelin L; Martin C; Troy L; Parkinson S, 2018, Who wins and who loses when platforms like Airbnb disrupt housing? And how do you regulate it?, https://theconversation.com/who-wins-and-who-loses-when-platforms-like-airbnb-disrupt-housing-and-how-do-you-regulate-it-106234

Troy L; Easthope H; Crommelin L, 2017, It’s not just the buildings, high-density neighbourhoods make life worse for the poor, https://theconversation.com/its-not-just-the-buildings-high-density-neighbourhoods-make-life-worse-for-the-poor-82070

Easthope H; Crommelin L; Troy L, 2017, This is why apartment living is different for the poor, https://theconversation.com/this-is-why-apartment-living-is-different-for-the-poor-82069

Crommelin L; Easthope H; Pinnegar S; Randolph B; Troy L, 2017, Renewing the Compact City: Scenarios for fair and sustainable redevelopment of strata schemes

van den Nouwelant RM; Crommelin L, 2016, High housing costs create worries for city tourism and hospitality, theconversation.com, https://theconversation.com/high-housing-costs-create-worries-for-city-tourism-and-hospitality-57347

Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Crommelin LM, 2015, When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/when-developers-come-knocking-why-strata-law-shake-up-wont-deliver-cheaper-housing-50971

Crommelin LM; Steinmetz C, 2012, Urban farming in Detroit: sowing seeds of hope in the motor city?, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/urban-farming-in-detroit-sowing-seeds-of-hope-in-the-motor-city-10674

Other

Easthope H; Crommelin L; Troy L, 2017, Building Defects in Apartments - what's going on?, Shelter NSW, https://shelternsw.org.au/sites/shelternsw.org.au/files/public/documents/ATH109_jun17_final.pdf