Laura Crommelin

Senior Lecturer
Laura Crommelin is a Senior Lecturer in the City Planning Program at UNSW Sydney, teaching planning law and governance and working on research related to urban and housing policy. Laura’s research interests cover a range of trends and issues in post-industrial cities, including urban renewal, urban governance, digital disruptions (e.g. Airbnb), place branding, and DIY urban revitalisation practices. Laura was the 2012-2013 Fulbright NSW Scholar, spending 8 months as a visiting researcher at the University of Michigan. She holds a PhD in urban planning from UNSW, an M.Litt in US Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Journal articles
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Crommelin L; Parkinson S; Martin C; Troy L, 2021, 'Airbnb and Amenity: Is Short-Term Letting Reshaping How We Live in the City?', Critical Housing Analysis, vol. 8, pp. 119 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.13060/23362839.2021.8.1.528
2021
Crommelin L; Easthope H; Troy L; Randolph B, 2020, 'A new pathway to displacement? The implications of less-than-unanimous strata renewal laws for vulnerable residents', Australian Planner, vol. 56, pp. 261 - 269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2020.1854798
2020
Troy L; Randolph B; Pinnegar S; Crommelin L; Easthope H, 2020, 'Vertical Sprawl in the Australian City: Sydney’s High-rise Residential Development Boom', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 38, pp. 18 - 36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2019.1709168
2020
King C; Crommelin L, 2019, 'A different perspective on post-industrial labor market restructuring in Detroit and Pittsburgh', Journal of Urban Affairs, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2019.1645569
2019
Crommelin LM; Troy L; Martin C; Pettit C, 2018, 'Is Airbnb a sharing economy superstar? Evidence from five global cities', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 36, pp. 429 - 444, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2018.1460722
2018
Crommelin LM; Bunker R; Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Pinnegar S, 2017, 'As compact city planning rolls on, a look back: lessons from Sydney and Perth', Australian Planner, vol. 54, pp. 115 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2017.1319869
2017
Bunker R; Crommelin L; Troy L; Easthope H; Pinnegar S; Randolph B, 2017, 'Managing the transition to a more compact city in Australia', International Planning Studies, vol. 22, pp. 384 - 399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13563475.2017.1298435
2017
King C; Crommelin L, 2013, 'Surfing the yinzernet: Exploring the complexities of place branding in post-industrial Pittsburgh', Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, vol. 9, pp. 264 - 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/pb.2013.24
2013
Book Chapters
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Crommelin L, 2020, 'Making place by making things again? How artisanal makers are reshaping place in post-industrial Detroit and Newcastle', in Bishop K; Marshall N (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st Century City, Routledge
2020
Crommelin L; Troy L; Martin C; Pettit C, 2020, 'Is Airbnb a Sharing Economy Superstar? Evidence from Five Global Cities', in Disruptive Urbanism, Routledge, pp. 37 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003010753-4
2020
Crommelin L, 2019, 'Urban Utopia', in Orum AM (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118568446
2019
Crommelin L, 2019, 'Urban Utopia', in , Wiley, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118568446.eurs0528
2019
Pettit C; Ticzon C; Reades J; Wentz EA; Ong P; Martin C; Troy L; Crommelin L, 2018, 'How Disruptive Technology is Impacting the Housing and Property Markets: An Examination of Airbnb', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: The Application of Mapping Technologies, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 36 - 64, https://www.routledge.com/Real-Estate-and-GIS-The-Application-of-Mapping-Technologies/Reed-Pettit/p/book/9781138187986
2018
Crommelin LM; Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H, 2018, 'Everybody needs good neighbours, especially in strata: are new Australian laws enabling forced sales of strata properties justified?', in Compulsory Property Acquisition for Urban Densification, pp. 148 - 165, https://www.routledge.com/Compulsory-Property-Acquisition-for-Urban-Densification/Searle/p/book/9781138500990
2018
Pettit C; Ticzon C; Reades J; Wentz EA; Ong P; Martin C; Troy L; Crommelin L, 2018, 'How disruptive technology is impacting the housing and property markets', in Real Estate and GIS, Routledge, pp. 36 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/9781315642789-3
2018
Crommelin LM, 2016, 'Examining Place-making in Practice: Observations from the Revitalization of Downtown Detroit', in Freestone R; Liu E (ed.), Place and Placelessness Revisited, Routledge, New York, pp. 153 - 167, https://www.routledge.com/Place-and-Placelessness-Revisited/Freestone-Liu/p/book/9781138937116
2016
Reports
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Easthope H; Crommelin L; Troy L; Davison G; Nethercote M; Foster S; van den Nouwelant R; Kleeman A; Randolph B; Horne R, 2020, Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7120701, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/329
2020
Pettit C; Crommelin L; Sharam A; Hulse K, 2018, The potential of new technologies to disrupt housing policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7115001
2018
Crommelin L; Troy L; Martin C; Parkinson S, 2018, Technological disruption in private housing markets: the case of Airbnb, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report No. 305, 305, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7115201, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/305
2018
Easthope H; Troy LJ; Crommelin L, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 1 The Building Scale, UNSW City Futures Research Centre, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/equitable-density-place-lower-income-and-disadvantage-households-dense-city/
2017
Crommelin L; Easthope H; Troy LJ, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 2 The Neighbourhood Scale, UNSW City Futures Research Centre, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/equitable-density-place-lower-income-and-disadvantage-households-dense-city/
2017
Troy L; Crommelin L; Easthope H, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 3 Metropolitan Scale, UNSW City Futures Research Centre, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/equitable-density-place-lower-income-and-disadvantage-households-dense-city/
2017
van den Nouwelant R; Crommelin LM; Herath S; Randolph B, 2016, Housing Affordability, Central City Economic Productivity and the Lower Income Labour Market (AHURI Final Report #261), AHURI, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 261, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/7431/AHURI_Final_Report_No261_Housing-affordability-central-city-economic-productivity-and-the-lower-income-labour-market.pdf
2016
Troy L; Randolph B; Crommelin L; Easthope H; Pinnegar S, 2015, Renewing the Compact City: Economically viable and socially sustainable approaches to urban redevelopment, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia
2015
Conference Papers
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Crommelin LM; Troy L; Easthope H, 2017, 'Inequitable density: the place of lower-income and disadvantaged residents in the compact city', in Inequitable density: the place of lower-income and disadvantaged residents in the compact city, State of Australian Cities, Adelaide, presented at State of Australian Cities, Adelaide, 27 November 2017 - 30 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/50/5b2ddff975912
2017
Crommelin LM, 2013, 'Selling Newcastle to the World, and to Newcastle: a case study of the official and unofficial rebranding of Newcastle, NSW', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 November 2013 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/soac-conference-proceedings-and-powerpoint-presentations/
2013
Drane JR; Cai W; Mussi E; Shi Y; Crommelin L; Wechsler Pizarro A, 2012, 'A tale of two cultures: Building community by researching community', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, pp. 1 - 13, presented at AARE 2012: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference, Sydney, - , http://www.aare.edu.au/publications-database.php/6491/a-tale-of-two-cultures-building-community-by-researching-community
2012
Crommelin LM, 2011, 'Tales of Two Cities: How the Urban Imaginary Has Shaped Detroit and New Orleans', in Hidden Cities: Understanding Urban Popcultures, Interdisciplinary.net, 1st Global Conference: Urban Popcultures, Prague, presented at Interdisciplinary.net, 1st Global Conference: Urban Popcultures, Prague, 08 March 2011 - 10 March 2011, https://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/my-cart/ebooks/society-and-culture/hidden-cities-understanding-urban-popcultures
2011
Other
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Crommelin LM, 2017, Book review: Experiencing Cities (3rd edition), http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2016.1269521
2017
Crommelin LM, 2017, Book review: DIY Detroit, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1279719
2017
Easthope H; Crommelin L; Troy L, 2017, Building Defects in Apartments - what's going on?, Shelter NSW, https://shelternsw.org.au/sites/shelternsw.org.au/files/public/documents/ATH109_jun17_final.pdf
2017
Crommelin L, 2015, Gentrification: A Working-Class Perspective, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2015.1038453
2015
Conference Presentations
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Crommelin L; van den Nouwelant R; Randolph B, 2017, 'These aren't the key workers you're looking for: Revisiting the key worker discourse from a central city productivity perspective.', presented at Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Melbourne, 14 February 2017 - 16 February 2017, http://ahrc2017.com.au/program-2/
2017
Troy LJ; Crommelin L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Pinnegar S; Bunker R, 2016, 'Delivering the numbers: Urban renewal, the market and the planning process', presented at PIA NSW State Conference, Newcastle, 13 October 2016 - 14 October 2016
2016
King C; Crommelin LM, 2016, 'A Different Perspective on Post-Industrial Labor Market Restructuring in Detroit and Pittsburgh', presented at Urban Affairs Association 46th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, 16 March 2016 - 19 March 2016
2016
Crommelin LM, 2015, '"Innovation in urban image change: insights from Newcastle, NSW and Detroit, Michigan"', presented at LESANZ Annual Conference 2015, Melbourne, Australia, 29 April 2015 - 01 May 2015, http://www.lesanz.org.au/conference-information/program-in-a-snap
2015
Crommelin LM, 2015, '"Tales from the Intersection of Creative Class Theory, Place Branding, and Urban Revitalization in the Post-industrial Cities of Detroit and Newcastle"', presented at Spaces and Flows 6th International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Chicago, USA, 15 October 2015 - 16 October 2015, http://spacesandflows.com/2015-conference/special-focus
2015
Crommelin LM, 2014, 'Exploring the Diversity of Economic Revitalisation Efforts in Post-Industrial Cities: A Case Study of Informal Reimaging Strategies in Detroit and Newcastle', presented at Knowledge/Culture/Society, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, 03 November 2014 - 05 November 2014, http://www.uws.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/768599/KCE_Program_301014.pdf
2014
Crommelin LM, 2013, 'Detroit: From the poster child of decline to the poster child of DIY?', presented at Urban Affairs Association, 43rd Conference - Building the 21st Century City: Inclusion, Innovation, and Globalization, San Francisco, 03 April 2013 - 06 April 2013, http://uaa43rd2012a.sched.org/company/Special%20Track:%20Burd%20Track%20on%20Media%20&%20Urban%20Life#.ULwPBGesArc?iframe=yes&w=800&sidebar=yes&bg=no
2013
Crommelin LM, 2012, 'Post-Industrial Place-Making: Exploring Tactical Urbanism as a Revitalization Strategy.', presented at Association of Collegiate Schools and Planning, 53rd Annual Conference: Resurgence of Planning in a New Century., Cincinnati, OH, 01 November 2012 - 04 November 2012, http://www.acsp.org/node/36637
2012
King C; Crommelin LM, 2012, 'Reaffirming the Yinzer in Post-industrial Pittsburgh', presented at Spaces and Flows, Third International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Detroit, MI, 11 October 2012 - 12 October 2012
2012
Crommelin LM, 2011, 'The Tales of Two Cities: The Role of Popular Culture in Shaping the Recoveries of Detroit and New Orleans', presented at Urban Affairs Association, 41st Conference - Reclaiming the City: Building a Just and Sustainable Future, New Orleans, LA, 16 March 2011 - 19 March 2011, http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/past-conferences/
2011

Airbnb, urban planning, urban renewal, place marketing, DIY urbanism

Thompson S; Randolph B; Easthope H; Crommelin L; Loosemore M, 2020, Dealing with apartment defects: a how-to guide for strata owners and buyers, https://theconversation.com/dealing-with-apartment-defects-a-how-to-guide-for-strata-owners-and-buyers-150292
2020
Crommelin L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Loosemore M, 2019, The big lesson from Opal Tower is that badly built apartments aren’t only an issue for residents, https://theconversation.com/the-big-lesson-from-opal-tower-is-that-badly-built-apartments-arent-only-an-issue-for-residents-109722
2019
Crommelin L; Martin C; Troy L; Parkinson S, 2018, Who wins and who loses when platforms like Airbnb disrupt housing? And how do you regulate it?, https://theconversation.com/who-wins-and-who-loses-when-platforms-like-airbnb-disrupt-housing-and-how-do-you-regulate-it-106234
2018
Crommelin L; Easthope H; Pinnegar S; Randolph B; Troy L, 2017, Renewing the Compact City: Scenarios for fair and sustainable redevelopment of strata schemes
2017
Easthope H; Crommelin L; Troy L, 2017, This is why apartment living is different for the poor, https://theconversation.com/this-is-why-apartment-living-is-different-for-the-poor-82069
2017
Troy L; Easthope H; Crommelin L, 2017, It’s not just the buildings, high-density neighbourhoods make life worse for the poor, https://theconversation.com/its-not-just-the-buildings-high-density-neighbourhoods-make-life-worse-for-the-poor-82070
2017
van den Nouwelant RM; Crommelin L, 2016, High housing costs create worries for city tourism and hospitality, theconversation.com, https://theconversation.com/high-housing-costs-create-worries-for-city-tourism-and-hospitality-57347
2016
Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Crommelin LM, 2015, When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/when-developers-come-knocking-why-strata-law-shake-up-wont-deliver-cheaper-housing-50971
2015
Crommelin LM; Steinmetz C, 2012, Urban farming in Detroit: sowing seeds of hope in the motor city?, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/urban-farming-in-detroit-sowing-seeds-of-hope-in-the-motor-city-10674
2012