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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?  Architect Victoria  Parlour  and the peer-reviewed 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  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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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

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