Professor Carl Grodach
Carl Grodach is 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 zoning and other planning mechanisms shape industry development, interaction, and change.
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 Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Urban Studies. He is 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.
Currently, he leads the Australian Research Council project Urban cultural policy and the changing dynamics of cultural production, which aims to identify new directions for urban cultural policy through international comparative research around the emerging nexus between the cultural industries and manufacturing.
He is also part of an ARC-funded team of researchers from five Australian universities working to establish iHUB, a nationally networked digital infrastructure platform for built environment research, synthesis, and engagement.
Most recently, he is a lead researcher working on The Melbourne Experiment, a landmark Monash University research initiative studying the effects of Covid-19 restrictions on the city. The MADA research program focuses on understanding the relationship between urban form, development, and the impacts of Covid-19.
Prof Grodach has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate level studio and seminar classes in community development, cultural planning, economic development, strategic planning, urban design, urban theory, and urban revitalization. He has also worked closely with his students to produce a diverse set of award-winning plans and studies for community organisations and government in Australia and the US.