Professor Carl Grodach

Carl Grodach is a Foundation Professor and Director of Urban Planning & Design at Monash University. Professor Grodach studies community and economic development and place-based urban revitalisation planning. His key research focus has been on the urban development impacts of the cultural industries and the ways that arts and cultural planning efforts shape development outcomes. This work has evolved to focus more specifically on urban manufacturing economies and how land use regulations shape industry development, interaction, and change. Other current projects focus on the socio-economic impacts of reuse and the circular economy (e.g. labor, skills, social inclusion) and the comparative study of craft manufacturing and urban development in Australia, Asia, and North America.

Prof Grodach has published extensively in leading urban studies and planning journals including Cities, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of the American Planning AssociationJournal of Planning Education and ResearchJournal of Urban Affairs, and Urban Studies. He is the author of the book Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (Routledge, 2015) and editor of The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2013). His work has been funded by the Australian Research Council; City of Melbourne/Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; US National Endowment for the Arts; New York Community Trust, and the Government of Canada.

He recently completed the Australian Research Council project Urban cultural policy and the changing dynamics of cultural production, which identified new directions for urban cultural policy through international comparative research around the emerging nexus between the cultural industries and manufacturing.

Through funding from the ARC, he also worked alongside a team of researchers from five Australian universities to establish iHUB, a nationally networked digital infrastructure platform for built environment research, synthesis, and engagement. The Monash iHub platform supported his role as a lead researcher working on The Melbourne Experiment, a landmark Monash University research initiative studying the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on the city. Working with planning, architecture, and data science colleagues, this work mapped COVID employment vulnerability, tracked neighbourhood sentiment during lockdown through Twitter, and led to the development of the Melbourne Digital City Model, an urban engagement platform integrating multiple, large data sets into an interactive 3D model of the city.

Prof Grodach has taught various undergraduate and graduate-level studio and seminar classes in community development, cultural planning, economic development, strategic planning, urban design, urban theory, and urban revitalisation. He has also worked closely with his students to produce a diverse set of award-winning plans and studies for community organisations and governments in Australia and the US.