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Research interests

Charity Edwards is a lecturer and urban researcher in the Department of Architecture at MADA, and a registered architect with over 15 years of experience ranging from small-scale domestic renovation and large civic projects to international urban design and planning for practices in Melbourne, regional Victoria, Brisbane and Darwin.  She currently collaborates with other spatial practitioners to create interiors, buildings and landscapes.


Charity's research explores destructive, uneven, and 'more-than-human' impacts of urbanisation and climate change at the scale of the planet. She foregrounds long-disregarded spaces - such as the world ocean and outer space - in these processes in particular. Charity is currently developing a research project on 'Antarctic Geo-Imaginaries' that will investigate the increasing urbanisation of the Southern Ocean, and ask how and why this so often conflicts with our popular understanding of Antarctica as "like being on another planet".


At MADA, she teaches design studio, theory, and urban processes in both the Interior Architecture and Architecture programs.  In 2016, Charity received the Early Career Teaching Award for leading cross-cultural learning and new teaching support initiatives in the faculty over the previous two years.


As part of Melbourne's wider culture of design discourse, she has partnered with visiting international practitioners on urban interventions; and continues to contribute to local, national, and international architecture and design media and events such as NGV's Art Book Fair public roundtable Architecture: What Matters? http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/architecture-what-matters/  Architect Victoria http://www.architecture.com.au/docs/defalut-source/vic-chapter-publications/summer.pdf?sfvrsn=0  Parlour  http://archiparlour.org/why-working-for-free-is-not-ok  and the peer-reviewed IDEA Journal  http://idea-edu.com/journal/2014-idea-journal  She also curated the Australian Institute of Architects' Victorian Architecture Awards exhibitions in 2005 and 2006.  Charity has most recently been an active 're-writer' of notable Australian women architects into history as part of the international Women.Wikipedia.Design  http://archiparlour.org/wikid-women-wikipedia-design  initiative.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science, Master of Environment (Distinction), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Dec 2016

Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, RMIT University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

Architecture, Master of Architecture (Distinction), RMIT University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

Research area keywords

  • planetary urbanisation
  • urban theory
  • architecture
  • geography
  • Climate Change
  • ocean
  • Water
  • image
  • Outer Space
  • Technology


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or
  • New Orbital Urbanization

    Edwards, C. & Gleeson, B., 14 Dec 2021, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures. Brears, R. (ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 5 p. (Springer Reference Earth & Environm. Science Reference Module Physical and Materials Science).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • After Warracknabeal

    Morgan, T., Edwards, C. & Crow, J., 2020, Architect Victoria, Autumn, p. 18-21 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

    Open Access
  • Urban Age

    Edwards, C. & Gleeson, B., 2020, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Kobayashi, A. (ed.). 2 ed. Elsevier, Vol. 14. p. 19-23 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryResearchpeer-review

  • Of the Ocean: Interiors at the Scale of the Planet

    Edwards, C., 2019, Interior Futures. Brooker, G., Harriss, H. & Walker, K. (eds.). California, USA: Crucible Press, Vol. 2. p. 100-111 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

  • The masking of an urban Southern Ocean

    Edwards, C., 10 Nov 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract