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Dr Karen Vella

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Property and Planning

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Name
Dr Karen Vella
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer in Planning
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Property and Planning
Discipline *
Urban and Regional Planning
Phone
+61 7 3138 1004
Fax
+61 7 3138 1170
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland)

Keywords

Urban Planning, Governance, Natural Resource Management, Sustainability, Social Resilience, Benchmarking and Evaluation, Great Barrier Reef, Mitigating and adapting to climate change, Evaluation, Water Quality

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

Biography

Dr Karen Vella is Senior Lecturer in Property and Planning.  Her research focuses on understanding the impact of governance and ways to improve environmental outcomes. Topics of research interest include:

  • Urban planning and sediment unlocking, mobilisation, and deposition into sensitive marine environments;
  • Protecting the Outstanding Universal Values (OUV) of the Great Barrier Reef;
  • Governance systems analysis (GSA);
  • Natural resource management, sustainability, climate adaptation, community resilience, disaster recovery;
  • Frameworks, indicators and methodologies to evaluate and improve implementation outcomes;
  • Social impact assessment and social resilience assessment
  • Australian planning, Northern Australian planning;
  • International comparative analysis (Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Italy, Iran);
  • Planning studio pedagogy and its use in contemporary planning curricula.

Dr Vella can be contacted to discuss research and practice of governance and planning in urban and environmental contexts and for climate adaptation. Dr Vella holds a Bachelor degree in Regional and Town Planing with Class 1 Honours from the University of Queensland and a PhD in Environmental Planning, also from the University of Queensland.  Dr Vella has over 18 years experience in planning and governance, social science research, and research coordination through positions she has held for the Australian Government (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority), the community-based NRM sector (Terrain NRM), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Griffith University, and QUT.

 

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This information has been contributed by Dr Karen Vella.

Teaching

Current:

  • UXB 131 Imagine Planning and Design (Studio) (Unit Coordinator)
  • UXB 231 Planning Processes (Unit Coordinator)
  • BBE 804 Research Project (Teaching Team)

Previous:

  • UDB 474 Regional Planning Practice (Studio) (Unit Coordinator)
  • Public Involvement and Community Development (Convenor/Unit Coordinator)
  • Natural Resource Management – Governance and Planning (Convenor)

Awards:

  • Superior Small Sized Course Award 2011 (Griffith University/Unit Coordinator)
  • Head of School Commendation 2010, 2012 (Griffith University/Unit Coordinator)

Grants:

  • QUT SEF Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme (2014) ” The benefits and constraints of planning studio teaching to address complex educational challenges and improve outcomes ” $15,000
  • Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Office for Learning and Teaching Seed Grant (2013) “Planning Studio in the 21st Century: Educating Leaders for a Complex World” $49,000
This information has been contributed by Dr Karen Vella.

Experience

   Prior to joining academia, Dr Vella was:

  • Manager NRM Plan Wet Tropics, Terrain Natural Resource Management (2006 to 2010)
  • Project Manager/Acting Manager of Social Science Research and Monitoring, Australian Government, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (2005-2006 )
  • Post Doctoral Fellow and PhD Candidate, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)(1998 – 2004)
  • Planning Officer, Department of Local Government and Planning & Local Government Association of Queensland (1997 – 1998)
  • Planning Assistant – Department of Main Roads, Brannock Humphreys Planning and Environment Consultants, Cairns City Council, Mulgrave Shire Council:  (1994 – 1996).
This information has been contributed by Dr Karen Vella.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2014
Details
SEF Learning and Teaching Grant (2014) "The benefits and constraints of planning studio teaching to address complex educational challenges and improve outcomes" $15,000.00

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Monitoring and Adaptively Reducing System-Wide Governance Risks Facing the GBR
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
3.11
Start year
2015
Keywords
Governance; Outcomes; Policy; Regulation; Risk
Title
The impact of governance on regional natural resource planning
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP130100933
Start year
2014
Keywords
Regional Governance; Land Use Planning; Sustainable Environments

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