Dr Philippa Chandler

Research Fellow


Dr Philippa Chandler is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, where she works with the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN).

Philippa is passionate about conducting qualitative research that examines how Australian community groups interact with their everyday environments. Her current research focus is the Australian Research Council Linkage Project ‘Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs’ (2018-2021) which is investigating how school infrastructure can be better used by the broader community. Philippa co-supervises two PhD students connected to this project.

Prior to this, Philippa was the lecturer and course-coordinator of the geography unit ‘Environmental Politics & Management’ in the School of Geography. She has also taught the units ‘Society & Environments’ and ‘Changing Melbourne’ at the university.

She joined University of Melbourne in 2014, with her first role being the Project Coordinator on the ‘Visions & Pathways 2040’ project with the Victorian Eco Innovation Laboratory (VEIL).

Philippa has a keen interest in media, marketing and arts events. She occasionally writes freelance journalism and has previously worked at the BBC (UK), the trend forecasting consultancy Next Big Thing (UK) and held manager roles at various music festivals (UK and Australia).

Featured projects


Urban Planning

Research Hub, Centre or Institute

Research directions

Cultural and Sustainable Landscapes Healthy Communities and Infrastructure

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