Dr Sonia Roitman

Senior Lecturer

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

Overview

Sonia 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). Before moving to Australia, Sonia 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 and is a joint-coordinator of the RC21 Summer School.

I lead the 'Urban Inequalities Research Group'. We are a group of researchers working on understanding how urban inequalities are manifested and reproduced in cities. The topics we examine include: land tenure and collective action in Cambodia; informal livelihoods and the use of public space in the Philippines and Bangladesh; housing policies in Indonesia; land acquision processes in Indonesia; displacement and livelihoods in Myanmar; social justice, planning and sanitation infrastructure provision in Indonesia; the impacts of gated communities; the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Uganda; informal settlements and land tenure in Indonesia; social housing and segregation in Brazil; inclusionary planning instruments in Indonesia; and women empowerment and governance.

Teaching responsibilities

PLAN3005/7121 Community planninng and participation (Course coordinator and lecturer - 2019 to date)

PLAN3200/7200 Understanding development complexities: Indonesia fieldtrip course (Course coordinator and lecturer - 2015 to date)

PLAN4130/7130 Planning practicum (Course coordinator - Summer 2018)

PLAN7010 Planning project (Course coordinator and lecturer - 2015-2016)

PLAN7612 Global South Cities (Course coordinator and lecturer - 2014 to date)

PLAN7638 Assessment of development projects (Course coordinator and lecturer 2013-2015 and lecturer 2016)

SOSC7140 Development effectiveness (Lecturer 2017)

Research Interests

  • Urban inequalities, segregation and exclusion
  • Social movements and collective action
  • Land access, housing policies and development
  • ‘Glocalisation’, urban growth and planning
  • Gated communities and private governance
  • Development planning, international cooperation and the role of the Third Sector
  • Qualitative research methodology and participatory methods for development

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of London

Publications

  • Martínez, Miguel A. and Roitman, Sonia (2019). Informal settlers. In Anthony M. Orum (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Urban and Regional Studies (pp. 1-4) London, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Roitman, Sonia (2019). Slum dwellers strategies and tactics in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen (Ed.), The Routledge handbook on informal urbanization (pp. 281-292) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Iswanto, Rahmani, Sita and Roitman, Sonia (2019). Sukunan village, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Environmental sustainability through community-based waste management and eco-tourism. In Sébastien Darchen and Glen Searle (Ed.), Global Planning Innovations for Urban Sustainability (pp. 90-105) Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom: Routledge.

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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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.

    Please note that currently there are no funding opportunities for this project.

  • 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.

    Please note that currently there are no funding opportunities for this project.

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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

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

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.

    Please note that currently there are no funding opportunities for this project.

  • 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.

    Please note that currently there are no funding opportunities for this project.