Doctor Laura Schatz

Doctor Laura Schatz

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences

LECTURER IN URBAN PLANNING & URBAN STUDIES,
Geography and Urban Studies (SSAP)

Biography

Laura Schatz is a Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies. She originally joined UWS as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2010, after completing her PhD in Urban Planning at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Laura's dissertation analyzed and compared the different approaches to urban planning (one growth-oriented and one decline-oriented) in two shrinking communities: Sudbury, Ontario and Youngstown, Ohio. Prior to her PhD studies, Laura worked as a lawyer in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include: urban planning in shrinking cities; the role of the courts in urban planning; unpacking the neoliberal turn in urban planning; comparative planning and environmental regulation; and planning in resource (particularly mining) communities.

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Waterloo (Canada)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada (2002)
  • Planning Institute of Australia (Affiliate Member) (2015)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences
  • Geography and Urban Studies (SSAP)

Contact

Email: L.Schatz@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 083
Mobile:
Location: P.G.19
Penrith (Kingswood)Penrith (Kingswood)

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101593 Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems, 2015
  • 101634 Planning and Environmental Regulation, 2015
  • 101637 Urban Research Report, 2015

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Schatz, L., Leadbeater, D., Martinez-Fernandez, C. and Weyman, T. (2014), 'From "Up North" to "Down Under" : dynamics of shrinkage in mining communities in Canada and Australia', Shrinking Cities: International Perspectives and Policy Implications, Routledge 9780415804851.
  • Schatz, L. (2014), 'Barriers to effective land use planning in shrinking hinterland communities : lessons from Sudbury, Canada', Resources, Empire & Labour: Crises, Lessons & Alternatives, Fernwood 9781552666739.
  • Schatz, L. (2013), 'Decline-oriented urban governance in Youngstown, Ohio', The City After Abandonment, University of Pennsylvania Press 9780812244465.
  • Schatz, L. and Piracha, A. (2013), 'Investigating the motivations, rhetoric and controversy surrounding recent planning reforms in New South Wales Australia and Ontario Canada', Frontiers of Planning: Visionary Futures for Human Settlements, International Society of City and Regional Planners 9789490354213.

Journal Articles

  • Leshinsky, R. and Schatz, L. (2018), '"I don't think my landlord will find out:" Airbnb and the challenges of enforcement', Urban Policy and Research, vol 36, no 4 , pp 417 - 428.
  • Schatz, L. (2017), 'Going for growth and managing decline : the complex mix of planning strategies in Broken Hill, NSW, Australia', Town Planning Review, vol 88, no 1 , pp 43 - 57.
  • Schatz, L. and Rogers, D. (2016), 'Participatory, technocratic and neoliberal planning : an untenable planning governance menage a trois', Australian Planner, vol 53, no 1 , pp 37 - 45.
  • Martinez-Fernandez, C., Wu, C., Schatz, L., Taira, N. and Vargas-Hernandez, J. (2012), 'The shrinking mining city : urban dynamics and contested territory', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol 36, no 2 , pp 245 - 260.
  • Schatz, L. and Johnson, L. (2009), 'Call centres as a strategy for downtown revitalization in Sudbury, Ontario', Plan Canada, vol 49, no 3 , pp 31 - 34.
  • Kovacs, J. and Schatz, L. (2008), 'Conserving a sense of the past : built heritage and adaptive reuse', Plan Canada, vol 48, no 3 , pp 38 - 39.
  • Schatz, L. and Johnson, L. (2007), 'Smart City North :economic and labour force impacts of call centres in Sudbury, Ontario', Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, vol 1, no 2 , pp 116 - 130.
  • Chadha, E. and Schatz, L. (2004), 'Human dignity and economic integrity for Persons with Disabilities: A commentary on the Supreme Court's decisions in Granovsky and Martin', Journal of Law and Social Policy, vol 19, no none , pp 94 - 122.

Conference Papers

  • Schatz, L. (2015), 'The balance of planning ideologies in Existing Use Rights cases at the New South Wales Land and Environment Court', State of Australian Cities Conference, Gold Coast, Qld..
  • Schatz, L. (2013), 'The influence of neoliberalism in the context of population decline : an analysis of planning strategies in Broken Hill, NSW', State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Schatz, L. and Rogers, D. (2013), 'Participatory, technocratic and neoliberal planning : governance tensions within the NSW planning system', Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Canberra, A.C.T..
  • Schatz, L. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'A comparison of the motivations, rhetoric and controversy surrounding recent planning reforms in New South Wales, Australia and Ontario, Canada', Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools. Conference, Bendigo, Vic..

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'Resident Involvement in Urban Development in Sydney: The New Politics of the City', Report

Urban governance; Human geography; Shrinking Cities; Planning law; Planning and environmental regulation; Urban planning reforms; Resource communities.

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Previous Projects

Title: Agonistic community engagement in planning: Understanding community knowledge, community demand and structural constraints
Funder:
  • University of Sydney (Philanthropic)
Western Researchers: Dallas Rogers, Laura Schatz, Awais Piracha and Cameron Mcauliffe
Years: 2015-05-21 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022822
Title: Mapping "actual existing" neoliberal planning and sources of alternatives in a shrinking Australian hinterland community : Broken Hill, New South Wales
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Laura Schatz and Kevin Dunn
Years: 2011-09-13 - 2013-05-12
ID: P00020431
Title: Ethnic Discrimination in the Rental Market and Overcoming Barriers to Affordable Housing
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Kevin Dunn, Michael Darcy, Rae Dufty-Jones and Laura Schatz
Years: 2011-11-09 - 2016-03-08
ID: P00020461

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