Carl Grodach


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Personal profile


Carl Grodach is Foundation Professor and Director of Urban Planning & Design at Monash University. Professor Grodach’s primary research areas include: community and economic development, cultural planning and policy, and urban revitalization planning. He is co-editor of the book, The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2013) and co-author of the book, Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (Routledge, 2015). He currently leads the Australian Research Council project Urban cultural policy and the changing dynamics of cultural production (ARC Discovery Grant DP170104255) and has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust, and the Government of Canada.

Grodach has taught graduate and undergraduate level seminars in community development, cultural planning, economic development, urban design, and urban revitalization. He also regularly provides consulting service to non-profit and governmental organisations and, in conjunction with his students, has produced a diverse set of award-winning plans and studies in Australia and the US. 

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary community and economic development planning scholar focused on arts and culture. I currently concentrate on two related streams of research: 1) the community-level impacts of the arts and creative industries and 2) the impact of urban cultural policy and planning on urban development outcomes. Through these two research streams I focus on testing key theories and challenging accepted notions of how the arts and creative industries affect places and people in positive and negative ways. This research focus has taken on immense importance as cities around the globe have come to promote the arts, culture, and creative industries as key instruments of urban development policy.

Supervision interests


  • Community development and neighbourhood planning
  • Cultural/creative industries
  • Cultural planning
  • Local and regional economic development
  • Urban design and creative placemaking
  • Urban redevelopment and revitalization


  • community development
  • economic development
  • urban planning
  • cultural planning
  • creative industries
  • urban design
  • urban regeneration

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2002 2018

Gentrification, displacement and the arts: Untangling the relationship between arts industries and place change

Grodach, C., Foster, N. & Murdoch, J., 2018, In : Urban Studies. 55, 4, p. 807-825 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Video Learning in Community Planning

Grodach, C., 2018, In : Journal of Planning Education and Research. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Where is the compact city?: A method to monitor the implementation of compact activity centre policy

Limb, M., Grodach, C. & Mayere, S., 2018, SOAC 2017. Adelaide, SA, Australia: Australian Cities Research Network, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Arts industries do not cause gentrification- they tend to chase it

Grodach, C., Foster, N. & Murdoch, J., 2017, United Kingdom : London School of Economics.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Can our cities' thriving creative precincts be saved from 'renewal'?

Gu, X., O'Connor, M. J., Gibson, C., Grodach, C., Crosby, A. & Lyons, C., 30 Aug 2017, the conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationEssayOther