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Louise Crabtree

Research Fellow, University of Western Sydney
Bankstown, Australia

Research field: Social Sciences
Sustainability, housing affordability, radical democracy, sharing, commons, urban food systems, community land trusts, cohousing, resilience, adaptive comanagement, adaptive capacity, complex adaptive systems.


Awards and Grants

  •  Feb 2012 
    AHURI research grant. Community Land Trusts and Indigenous Communities: From Strategies to Outcomes
  •  Jul 2011 
    Multi-partner research grant. Community land trust research project Phase 1
  •  Oct 2010 
    UWS IRIS research grant. Urban Resilience through Participatory Mapping
  •  Jul 2010 
    AHURI research grant. Community Land Trusts and Indigenous Housing Options
  •  Aug 2009 
    Housing Minister's Award for Early Career Researchers
  •  Oct 2008 
    UWS Early Career Grant: Housing Affordability, Adaptive Comanagement and Resilience
  •  Mar 2000 
    Jim Rose Prize for Honours in Human Geography

Biographical Information

I am an urban geographer/ecologist specialising in urban sustainability and housing affordability. My research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in urban Australia, on the uptake of housing innovation in practice and policy and on the interfaces between sustainability, property rights and democracy. Current research focuses on complex adaptive systems theory in housing; innovation in housing design, governance and tenure; and, models of perpetually affordable housing including community land trusts. In 2009 I was awarded the Housing Minister's Award for Early Career Researchers for my work on socioecological systems theory in housing.


Professional Experience

2007 - Present
Research Fellow at University of Western Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Dec 1994 - Dec 2005
Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia
B Sc (Hons), PhD

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