David Corbett

PhD Candidate

David Corbett is a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant at the Queensland University of Technology School of Design. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in international relations and environmental and geographical science, and a Royal Town Planning Institute accredited Master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

His current research interests include urban governance, civic participation and capacity-building for the adaptation of urban systems to change. In his master’s thesis, he explored the potential of technology for facilitating more inclusive planning processes and guiding the prioritisation of intervention in vulnerable urban areas. The findings of this project prompted his PhD research which further explores urban governance, alternative urban knowledge and pathways of systemic change.


PhD Research

David’s PhD research is a comparative study which draws upon cases in Logan, Australia and Cape Town, South Africa. The initial aim of the research is to further understand processes of informality and appropriation within each context. Secondly, the project explores how knowledge from these processes and those who use them could inform principles for building capacity to enable more effective urban governance which engages with local complexity.