Professor Carolyn Whitzman

Professor in Urban Planning


Carolyn Whitzman is Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the lead editor of Melbourne: What Next? A discussion on creating a better future for Melbourne (Research Monograph No. 1, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, 2014),  Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (Earthscan, 2013), author of Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto Neighbourhood 1875-2002 (University of British Columbia Press, 2009) and The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: practical planning tools (Earthscan, 2008), and the co-author of Safe Cities: guidelines for planning, design, and management (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995). She has also published numerous peer-reviewed scholarly publications, book chapters, and reports on partnerships for social justice in the city, with particular emphasis on the supporting the rights of women, children and people with disabilities to access affordable housing, public transportation, social services, and public space.

Professor Whitzman’s passion for social justice began when she was a community activist for affordable housing in Montreal Canada. From 1989 to 1999, she worked for the City of Toronto on healthy city initiatives, particularly integrated local government policy to prevent violence, which led to an international reputation in this field.  Her research has been generously funded by the Australian Research Council, AusAID, UN Women, UN-Habitat, and many industry partners, from health promotion organisations to local and state government to the private and charitable sectors.

Current research interests emphasise building partnerships, policies and practices to improve urban liveability and equity, in a local, national and international context.

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