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Victoria is an urban historian with a diverse range of interests, predominantly centred in twentieth-century (sub)urban Melbourne. She is currently awaiting the conferral of a Doctor of Philosophy. Her PhD thesis focused on Melbourne's urban bluestone quarry sites and identified regulatory weaknesses with respect to their historic re-use and remediation. She is presently a research assistant for the ARC-funded Australia's New Cities: Past, Present And Future (DP190101093) project. This project, in part, seeks to identify the planning ethos and precedents underlying the development of satellite settlements beyond the metropolitan limits of Melbourne. Comparisons are drawn between British new town projects and these local attempts, both extant and unrealised, identifying informative precedents and development processes. Beyond decentralisation, her work has largely focused on post-industrial and extractive industrial landscapes. She is presently co-authoring a book chapter on ‘zombie subdivisions,’ based on two papers delivered at the State of Australian Cities Conference (2016, 2019).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 3 Jul 2020

Master of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 21 Mar 2015

Bachelor of Environments, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 15 Dec 2011

Russian, Diploma in Languages, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 15 Dec 2011

External positions

Research Assistant, University of Melbourne

1 Aug 2019 → …

Research area keywords

  • Urban planning
  • Urban history
  • Built Environment
  • Decentralisation

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Research Output

  • 1 Conference Paper

Tracing the 'Zombification' of Undeveloped Estates in Greater Melbourne and its Outlying Regions

Kolankiewicz, V., Phelps, N., Nichols, D. & Taylor, E., 2019, 9th State of Australian Cities National Conference. Perth, WA, 13 p.

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