Libby's broad research interests in planning and geography explore the ways in which we collectively produce our understanding of space and place.
Indigenous rights in urban planning and natural resource management; cities and diversity; urban regeneration, gentrification and displacement; the impact of sporting mega-events on cities; sustainability; urban governance.
Our understandings, appreciations and assumptions about place are embedded in everything we do – from our everyday lives, to national spatial policy - resulting in questions of social and environmental justice.
Her research aims to expose urban-spacial assumptions that have profound negative impacts for the marginalised and oppressed groups and to affect positive change.
Libby's current ARC Discovery research project, "Who owns the sustainable city? Urban redevelopment, sustainability and the politics of property rights in Australia, Brazil and Chile.", follows on from funded projects investigating urban redevelopment and Planning with Indigenous customary land rights.
Libby was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship in 2014 and is aligned with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.