Dr Louise Crabtree


Should-up portrait of Louise Crabtree wearing a black shirtLouise was awarded her PhD in Human Geography from Macquarie University in 2007 and has been with Western Sydney University since 2007. Her research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in Australia; on the uptake of housing innovation in practice and policy; on complex adaptive systems theory in urban contexts; and, on the interfaces between sustainability, property rights, institutional design and democracy. Her recent and ongoing projects focus on two practical areas funded by a series of competitive research grants — community land trusts and participatory mapping methodologies. Both are being used to simultaneously foster social innovation and equity outcomes on the ground, and explore and build theory on multi-stakeholder governance, decolonisation, property law, resilience and citizenship. Louise's work on resilience and governance in community housing was the basis for her receipt of the inaugural Housing Minister's Award for Early Career Researchers in 2009; in announcing the award, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek described the work as 'crucial'.

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Qualifications

PhD, 2007, Macquarie University

BSc (Hons 1), 2000, Macquarie University

 

Honours and Awards

2014: Community Land Trust Research Team. Winner - Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Development) Research Award for Research Excellence through Partnership

2014: Community Land Trust Research Team. Highly commended - Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Excellence in University Engagement

2009: Federal Housing Minister's Award for Early Career Researchers, 4th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Sydney

2000: Jim Rose Prize for Honours in Human Geography, Macquarie University

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Selected Publications

Books

Cook, N, Davison, A & Crabtree, C (eds) 2016, Housing and home unbound: intersections in economics, environment and politics in Australia (opens in a new window), Routledge, London.

Crabtree, L, Blunden, H, Phibbs, P, Sappideen, C, Mortimer, D, Smith, A & Chung, L 2013, The Australian community land trust manual (opens in a new window), University of Western Sydney, Sydney.

Book Chapters

Crabtree, L 2016, 'Unbounding home ownership in Australia', in N Cook, A Davison & L Crabtree (eds), Housing and home unbound: intersections in economics, politics and Environment in Australia (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 1-15.

Cook, N, Davison, A & Crabtree, L 2016, 'The politics of housing/home', in N Cook, A Davison & L Crabtree (eds), Housing and home unbound: intersections in economics, politics and Environment in Australia (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 173-189.

Crabtree, L 2016, 'Exploring hybridity in housing: lessons for appropriate tenure choices and policy', in W Sanders (ed.), Engaging Indigenous economy: debating diverse approaches (opens in a new window), ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 223-237.

Crabtree, L 2011, 'Build it like you mean it: replicating ethical innovation in physical and institutional design', in A Gorman-Murray & R Lane (eds), Material geographies of household sustainability, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 157-74.

Crabtree, L 2011, 'Watch where that went, we may need it later: reflections on material flows in and through home', in A Gorman-Murray & R Lane (eds), Material geographies of household sustainability, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 125-29.

Crabtree, L 2010, 'CLT applications in Australia', in J Davis (ed.), Common ground: the community land trust reader, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, pp. 464-74.

Crabtree, L 2009, 'Sub/urban dream(ing): land speculation and the quarter acre block', in K de Souza & Z Begg (eds), There goes the neighbourhood: Redfern and the politics of urban space, You Are Here, Sydney, pp. 102-05.

Crabtree, L 2006, 'Research box 5: body/home/housing', in A Blunt & R Dowling (eds), Home, Routledge, Oxford, pp. 195-97.

Journal Articles

Jackson, S & Crabtree L, 2014, 'Politically engaged geographical research with the community sector: is it encouraged by Australia's higher education and research institutions?', Geographical Research, vol. 52, no. 2, pp.146-156.

Crabtree, L 2014, Community land trusts and Indigenous housing in Australia – beyond mainstream home ownership', Housing Studies, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 743-759. 

Crabtree, L 2013, 'Decolonising property: exploring property, time and ethics through contemporary housing in Australia', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 99-115.

Crabtree, L, Nold, C, Shumack, K & Tuckwell, J 2011, 'Transport mapping: emotional cartography, place and the politics of mobility' (opens in a new window), Global Media Journal, vol. 5, no. 2.

Crabtree, L & Hes, D 2009, 'Sustainability uptake in housing in metropolitan Australia: an institutional problem, not a technological one' (opens in a new window), Housing Studies, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 203-24.

Crabtree, L 2008, 'The role of tenure, work and cooperativism in sustainable urban livelihoods', Acme, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 260-82.

Crabtree, L 2006, 'Sustainability begins at home? An ecological exploration of sub/urban Australian community-focussed housing initiatives', Geoforum, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 519-35.

Crabtree, L 2006, 'Disintegrated houses: exploring ecofeminist housing and urban design options' (opens in a new window), Antipode, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 711-34.

Crabtree, L 2005, 'Sustainable housing development in urban Australia: exploring obstacles to and opportunities for ecocity efforts' (opens in a new window), Australian Geographer, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 333-50.

Reports

Campbell, M, Crabtree, L, Davis, V, Keltie, E, Madden, S, Flouris, A, Third, A & Hendery, R 2017, Keeping strong: digital technology, participatory research, and young people's wellbeing amongst Alice Springs Town Camp communities (opens in a new window)(PDF, 1MB), Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

Mellick Lopes, A, Gibson, K, Crabtree, L & Armstrong, H 2016, Cooling the commons (opens in a new window), Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

Crabtree, L, Moore, N, Phibbs, P, Blunden, H & Sappideen, C 2015, Community land trusts and Indigenous communities: from strategies to outcomes, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne.  

Crabtree, L, Blunden, H, Milligan, V, Phibbs, P & Sappideen, C 2012, Community land trusts and indigenous housing options, final report no. 185, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne.

Crabtree, L, Phibbs, P, Milligan, V & Blunden, H 2012, Principles and practices of an affordable housing community land trust model, research report, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne.

Crabtree, L, Shumack, K, Tuckwell, J & Edwards, F 2011, Food mapping and community engagement: community gardens in Parramatta, Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney for Parramatta City Council, Parramatta.

James, S, O'Neill, P, Dimeski, B & Crabtree, L 2010, Sydney's agricultural lands: an analysis, Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney for NSW Department of Planning, Sydney.

Champion, T, Gander, C, Camacho Duarte, O, Phibbs, P, Crabtree, L & Kirkby, M 2009,The impact of housing on the lives of women and children: post domestic violence crisis accommodation, NSW Women's Refuge Movement and UWS Urban Research Centre, Sydney.

Crabtree, L 2008, Models of perpetually affordable homeownership: report and case studies from the United States of America, Report prepared for the Senate Select Committee on Housing Affordability, June, Canberra.

Emsley, S, Phibbs, P & Crabtree, L 2008, Models of sustainable and affordable housing for local government, Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney for Parramatta City Council, Parramatta.

O'Neill, P, Piquer-Rodriguez, M, Phibbs, P, Crabtree, L & Johnston, K 2008, North-West and West-Central Sydney employment strategies: final report, Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney for Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Sydney.

Sliogeris, E, Crabtree, L, Phibbs, P & Johnston, K 2008, Housing affordability literature review and affordable housing program audit, Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney for Landcom, Sydney.

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