Professor Jean Hillier
School of Global, Urban & Social Studies
+61 3 9925 2328
College of Design and Social Context
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- Industry experience
- Professional interests
- Research overview
- Research supervision
- Research grants and projects
Professor Jean Hillier is the Associate Dean, Discipline Leader and Chair, Sustainability and Urban Planning
Teaching responsibilities: Planning Theory and Contemporary Practice; student thesis supervisions.
- B.Sc Geography (First Class Honours), University of London (1974);
- Ph.D Geography, University of London (1977);
- Postgraduate Diploma in Access Studies to Higher Education (Distinction), University of the South Bank, London (1988)
1977-1979: Planning Officer, Mid Glamorgan County Council;
1979-1982: Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental Planning, Anglia Ruskin University.
1982-1988: Senior Lecturer, Department of Town and Country Planning, University of Western England, Bristol.
1983-1988: Tutor, Open University distance education (geography units).
1989- 1995: Senior Lecturer, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Curtin University of Technology.
1990-1992/1993/1998: Head of Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Curtin University of Technology
1995-2000: Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Construction and Planning, Curtin University.
2000-2003: Professor of Urban & Regional Studies, Curtin, University (Personal Chair)
2000-2003:Co-Director and Chair of WA Centre Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
2001-2003: Director WA Centre Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
2003: Chair of Town & Country Planning, Newcastle University.
2004-2006: Director of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU), a Newcastle University Research Centre.
International Associate: Royal Town Planning Institute;
Individual member: Association of European Schools of Planning;
Individual Member: Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning;
Member: Institute of Australian Geographers;
Member, Institute of British Geographers/ Royal Geographical Society;
Member, EU panel of Experts on Social Inequalities in Europe, 2009-.
Expert of International Standing, Australian Research Council, 2005-;
External Review Panel, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 2008-.
1972: London University, Arts Prize,
1973: Bedford College, London University, Geography Prize.
1993: Curtin University WEXDEV Award.
2000: Personal Chair of Urban and Regional Studies, Curtin University of Technology.
Jean Hillier is particularly interested in questions of social justice, social exclusion and ethics and citizen participation in government decision-making and in planning theory. She is interested in decision making and in issues of institutional transformation. Her work explores ideas of complex adaptive systems and resilience with regard to both spatial areas and planning systems.
Her current research engages with bridging environmental, social and economic aspects of resilience for spatial planning. She has developed a methodology of Strategic Navigation for strategic spatial planning to facilitate resilient planning. Her work has been translated into Danish, Italian and Mandarin.
Recent books include the Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory: Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning (2010) edited with Patsy Healey, Critical Essays in Planning Theory (2008) three volumes, edited with Patsy Healey; Stretching Beyond the Horizon: On Governance, Space and Time (2007). Recent articles include, the Special Issue on Poststructuralism and Planning in Urban Planning International (2010) which she guest edited, papers in the special issue of Town Planning Review on Planning in Uncertainty (2011), also guest edited.
Jean was co-Principal Investigator of two major EU-funded projects. Katarsis (FP6) and Social Polis (FP7), managing 11 Lead Partners from 10 countries and over 200 stakeholders.
Professor Jean Hillier is a registered research supervisor.
Research grants and projects
1986-1988: The Displacement Effects of Local Authority Aid to New Small Businesses. ESRC grant £20,000 (Sterling).
1996-7: ARC Large Grant. The Role of Procedural Justice in Determining the Effectiveness of Citizen Involvement in Planning. $36,000.
1997: ARC Small Grant. Citizenship, Socio-economic Issues and Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia. $7420.
2000: ARC Small Grant. Governmentality and the Representation of Meanings & Values in Strategic Environmental Planning Decisions. $8004.
2000: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.:
(1) Strengthening Communities: The Contribution Of Housing Policy And Planning. $46,000 (with Hugman R., Tonts M. & Jones R)
(2) Rural Housing, Regional Development and Policy Integration: An Evaluation of Alternative Policy Responses to Regional Disadvantage. $51.000 (with Tonts M. & Jones R)
2001: Falling through the Net, A Risk Management Model for Home Ownership Support Schemes. AHURI, $130,000. (with Peter V., Walker R. & Berry M.)
2002: The Impact of Urban Regeneration on Indigenous Households. AHURI, $100,000 (with Walker R.)
2005: Katarsis - EU FP6 funded. 645,000 Euros. Co-PI with Moulaert F.
KATARSIS as a Co-Ordination Action aims to build a platform on which research teams specialised in the study of the consequences of growing inequality and social exclusion exchange their knowledge and work towards a better integration of their research programmes and methodologies.
2007: Social Polis – EU FP7 funded. 1.5m Euros. Co-PI with Moulaert F.
Social Polis outlines the organisation and strategic activities of a social platform, ‘Social Polis’, for the development of a research agenda and scientific dialogue addressing the role of cities and social cohesion. Its central purpose is to engage significant stakeholders from the scientific, civil society and governance sectors in establishing key scientific and policy issues for the agenda, informing focused and coherent FP7-SSH calls for proposals on this theme.
2009: SPINDUS Spatial innovation, planning, design and user involvement. Financed by SBO-IWT Flanders. 2,238,216 Euros.
Lead Partner share is 358,014 Euros. Project is 4 years, commencing January 2010.
The development of practical and pedagogical planning and design methodologies to assess, evaluate and implement spatial quality.
2002: Habitus: A Sense of Place, edited collection with Rooksby E., Ashgate, Aldershot (2nd ed, 2005).
2002: Shadows of Power: an Allegory of Prudence, Routledge, London.
2005: Consent and Consensus, edited collection with Cryle D., API Network, Perth.
2007: Stretching Beyond the Horizon: a multiplanar theory of spatial planning and governance, Ashgate, Aldershot.
2008: Critical Essays in Planning Theory, Vol 1 Foundations of the Planning Enterprise, edited with Patsy Healey, Ashgate, Aldershot.
2008: Critical Essays in Planning Theory, Vol 2 Political economy, Diversity & Pragmatism, edited with Patsy Healey, Ashgate, Aldershot.
2008: Critical Essays in Planning Theory, Vol 3 Contemporary Movements in Planning Theory, edited with Patsy Healey, Ashgate, Aldershot.
2009: Social Innovation and Territorial Development, Editors: Jean Hillier, Frank Moulaert, Serena Vicari and Diana MacCallum, Ashgate, Aldershot.
2009: Planning in 10 Words – Or Less, with Gunder M., Ashgate, Farnham.
2010: The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory: Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning, edited collection with Patsy Healey, Ashgate, Farnham.
2011: Complexity and the Planning of the Built Environment, Editors: Jean Hillier, Gert de Roo, Joris Van Wezemael, Ashgate.
Chapters in Books– 2005 onwards
2005: Diabolical Images: Cartoons as a Contorted Mirror of the Western Australian Regional Forest Agreement Debate, In Hillier J. & Cryle D. (eds.) Consent and Consensus, IPA Network, Perth: 197-215
2006: Multiethnicity and the Negotiation of Place, in Neill W. & Schwedler H-U., (eds) Migration and Cultural Inclusion in the European City, Palgrave Macmillan, London: 74-87.
2007: Plan(e) speaking: En multiplanær teori om rumlig planlægning, (trans Pløger J.), in Jensen A., Andersen J., Hansen OE and Nielsen KA (eds.) Planlægningiteoriogpraksis - et tværfagligtperspektiv, Roskilde Universitetsforlag, Frederiksberg C:
2008: Tracing the disorderly real: performing civic engagement in a complex world (with van Wezemael J.) in Yang K. and Bergrud E. (eds) Civic Engagement in a Network Society, Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, Conn.:149-186.
2008: Introductions to Volume 1, and to Parts 1, 2 and 3 (4 papers), in Critical Essays in Planning Theory, Vol 1 Foundations of the Planning Enterprise, edited with Patsy Healey, Ashgate, Aldershot: pp: ix-xxvii; 3-7; 169-174; 299-305.
2008: Introductions to Volume 2 and to Parts 1, 2 and 3 (4 papers), in Critical Essays in Planning Theory, Vol 2 Political economy, Diversity & Pragmatism, edited with Patsy Healey, Ashgate, Aldershot: pp: ix-xiv; 3-10; 205-213; 355-363.
2008: Introductions to Volume 3 and to Parts 1, 2 and 3 (4 papers), in Critical Essays in Planning Theory, Vol 3 Contemporary Movements in Planning Theory, edited with Patsy Healey, Ashgate, Aldershot: pp: xi-xiv; 3-10; 237-243; 405-412.
2008: Interplanary practice: towards a Deleuzean-inspired methodology for creative experimentation in strategic spatial planning, in van den Broeck J., Moulaert F. and Oosterlynck S. (eds) Empowering the Planning Fields: ethics, creativity and action, Acco, Leuven: 43-77.
2010: Strategic navigation in an ocean of theoretical and practice complexity, in Hillier J. & Healey P. (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory: Conceptual Challenges for Planning Theory, Ashgate, Farnham: 447-480.
2010: Overall Introduction and Introductions to Parts 2 and 3, in Hillier J. & Healey P. (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory: Conceptual Challenges for Planning Theory, Ashgate, Farnham: 1-34; 235-250; 367-398
2010: Poststructural complexity: strategic navigation in an ocean of theory and practice, in Cerreta M., Concilio G. & Monno V. (eds) Strategic Spatial Planning: Knowledges and Values, Springer, Dordrecht.
2011: Strategic Projects: from sustainability to resilience, in Oosterlynck S., van den Broeck J., Albrechts L., Moulaert F. and Verhetsel L. (eds) Bridging the Gap between Planning and Implementation, Routledge, Abingdon: 212-222.
Articles in Refereed Journals – 2005 onwards
2005: Not Over Your Dead Bodies! A Lacanian Interpretation of Planning Discourse and Practice, (with Gunder M) Environment & Planning A, 37(6): 1049-1066
2005: Straddling the Post-Structuralist Abyss: Between Transcendence and Immanence? Planning Theory 4(3): 271-299
2007: Planning as Urban Therapeutic, (with Gunder M) Environment & Planning A, 39(2); 467-486.
2007: Problematising Responsibility in Planning Theory and Practice: on seeing the middle of the string? (with Gunder M.), Progress in Planning, 68(1): 57-96.
2008: Viaggio inter-planario: il planning spaziale alla frontiera tra linee e piani, (trans. Lieto L.), CriticadellaRazionalitàUrbanistica (CRU): 20-21: 7-24.
2008: Plan(e) Speaking: a multiplanar theory of spatial planning, Planning Theory, 7(1): 24-50.
2008: 'Empty, Swept and Garnished': the Public Finance Initiative case of Throckley Middle School (with Van Wezemael J.) Space and Polity, 12(2): 157 — 181
2008: Do we know what a body can do? Emergent subjectivities in Another Place, Rhizomes, Issue 17(winter): http://www.rhizomes.net/issue17/hillier/index.html
2009: Assemblages of Justice: the 'ghost ships' of Graythorp, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33(3) 640-661.
2009: Ping mian yan shuo: Kong jian gui hua de duo ping mian li lun [Plan(e) Speaking: a multiplanar theory of spatial planning], Urban Planning International, 24(5): 37-44. In Mandarin.
2010: How Could We Study Climate-Related Social Innovation? Applying Deleuzean Philosophy to the Transition Towns, (with Smith Cato M.). Environmental Politics: 869-887.
2010: Strategic navigation in an ocean of theoretical and practice complexity, 战略性引导的方法在复杂规划理论与实践中的运用, Urban Planning International, 25(5): 44-59. In Mandarin.
2010: Painting Green Dragons? Towards a Poststructural Theory and Methodology for Strategic Spatial Planning in the People’s Republic of China (with Cao K.) 绘制青龙：面向中国战略空间规划的后结构主义理论与方法论, Urban Planning International, 25(5): 88-95. In Mandarin.
2010: Introduction to the Special Issue: Poststructuralism and Planning, 导言, Urban Planning International, 25(5): 1-7. In Mandarin.
2011: Encountering Gilles Deleuze in Another Place, European Planning Studies, 9(5): 861-885.
2011: Strategic Navigation across Multiple Planes: towards a Deleuzean-inspired methodology for strategic spatial planning. Town Planning Review, 82(5): (September)
2011: Strategic Planning as Strategic Navigation, CriticadegliOrdinamentiSpaziali, 1(1): In Italian.