Dr Sonia Roitman

Senior Lecturer

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
s.roitman@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57270

Overview

Dr Roitman joined the University of Queensland in 2013 following previous academic, research and professional appointments at University College London (UK), School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS, UK), Free University Berlin (Germany), Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina), Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Técnica (CONICET-Argentina) and Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable, Gobierno de Mendoza (Argentina). She has lived and worked in Argentina, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Uganda. Her contributions to the field of development planning and urban sociology include influential research on urban inequalities and how they manifest in cities. Her research interests include housing and poverty alleviation policies; the role of grassroots in the production of space; and, gated communities, segregation and planning instruments in global South cities. Her current research locations are Indonesia and Uganda. She serves in the Board of the RC21 Committee (Research Committee of the Sociology of Urban and Regional Development, International Sociological Association) since 2014.

Research Interests

  • Land access, housing policies and development
  • Development planning, international cooperation and the role of the Third Sector.
  • ‘Glocalisation’, urban growth and planning
  • Gated communities and private governance
  • Segregation, social theory and urban inequalities
  • Qualitative research methodology and participatory methods for development

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of London

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • I am interested in how social inequalities are manifested in cities. This includes analysing how planning can contribute to tackle inequalities and create more just cities. You can read more on this in my article in The Conversation https://theconversation.com/how-to-use-the-power-of-urban-planning-to-tackle-inequality-91010 This also includes the analysis of the impacts of gated communities to the outside areas, including positive and negative impacts.

  • I am currently analysing how SDG11 is being implemented in several cities around the world and in particularly in the Global South. I examine the potential changes in governance structure and dynamics that result as a consequence of the New Urban Agenda and the implementation of SDG11.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • I am interested in how social inequalities are manifested in cities. This includes analysing how planning can contribute to tackle inequalities and create more just cities. You can read more on this in my article in The Conversation https://theconversation.com/how-to-use-the-power-of-urban-planning-to-tackle-inequality-91010 This also includes the analysis of the impacts of gated communities to the outside areas, including positive and negative impacts.

  • I am currently analysing how SDG11 is being implemented in several cities around the world and in particularly in the Global South. I examine the potential changes in governance structure and dynamics that result as a consequence of the New Urban Agenda and the implementation of SDG11.