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Dr Carl Grodach
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Urban and Regional Planning, Human Geography, Policy and Administration
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PhD in Urban Planning (University of California Los Angeles)


community development, creative economy, cultural industries, cultural planning, economic development, gentrification, neighbourhoods, urban development, urban planning, urban revitalization

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Carl Grodach is an interdisciplinary community and economic development scholar focussed on arts and culture. He concentrates on two related streams of research: 1) the community-level impacts of the arts and cultural industries and 2) the impact of urban cultural policy and planning on urban development outcomes. Through these two research streams he tests key theories and challenges accepted notions of how the creative economy affects places and people in positive and negative ways. This research is crucial as cities around the globe have come to promote the arts, culture, and creative industries as key instruments of urban development policy.

Grodach has published extensively in leading urban studies, planning, and cultural policy journals including Cities, International Journal of Cultural Policy, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Urban Studies. 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).

Current projects include “Urban cultural policy and the changing dynamics of cultural production” (ARC Discovery Grant DP170104255) with Prof Chris Gibson, Prof Justin O’Connor, Dr Xin Gu and Dr Andrew Warren and “Our Town Program Evaluation” for the National Endowment for the Arts (US).

Grodach has taught graduate level courses in community development, cultural planning, economic development, urban design, and urban revitalization over the last ten years. He also regularly provides consulting service to non-profit and governmental organisations and, in conjunction with his students, has produced a number of award-winning neighbourhood revitalisation plans. Additionally, he leads the Queensland Parliamentary Research Internship program in urban planning, which enables students to conduct research projects for a member of the Queensland Parliament.

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UDB368 Urban Design

UDB472 Community Planning

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Policy Advice and Community Engagement

Grodach has provided consulting service to a variety of non-profit organisations. This work ranges from a study of sustainable regional economic development policy for Vision North Texas to neighbourhood cultural planning for the Dallas Arts Learning Initiative and consulting on an artist incubator for the City of Quitman, Texas. Working with his students, he has also produced neighbourhood revitalisation plans, some of which have won awards from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Professional Leadership

Grodach has been invited to speak to a variety of public and non-profit organisations and take part in public roundtables on the role of the arts and creative industries in urban redevelopment. Sponsors include the Community Arts Education Guild, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center, the Dallas Morning News, Irving Texas Department of Development Services, New York Community Trust, the Western States Arts Federation, and the WZB Social Science Research Center in Berlin, Germany.


Grodach provides his Ph.D. students with a high level of research and publication experience. He regularly publishes with his Ph.D. students. He has also supervised 37 Masters students and helped them to prepare for professional careers in urban planning. Grodach’s students have gone on to work in a variety of city planning departments, economic development agencies, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the United Nations Development Group in the Dominican Republic.

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