Researcher

Associate Professor Kate Bishop

My Expertise

Children, youth and their environments:

  • Children, youth and cities
  • Play and inclusive playground design
  • Children, young people and hospitalisation
  • Young people's participation in planning and design

People and place:

  • Smart places movement
  • Social urban design

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Urban and regional planning, Urban sociology and community studies, Environmental sociology, Urban design

Biography

Discipline Director, Landscape Architecture, School of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney

  • Convenor, Children and Youth Research Network (CYRN), UNSW
  • Co-Chair: Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) CYE Working Group
  • Co-Chair: CYE Research Network, EDRA, USA

Dr Kate Bishop is Associate Professor in the School of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her background in environment-behaviour research...view more

Discipline Director, Landscape Architecture, School of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney

  • Convenor, Children and Youth Research Network (CYRN), UNSW
  • Co-Chair: Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) CYE Working Group
  • Co-Chair: CYE Research Network, EDRA, USA

Dr Kate Bishop is Associate Professor in the School of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her background in environment-behaviour research underpins her teaching and research and her particular area of interest: children, youth and environments. She specialises in the research and design of environments for children with special needs; child and youth friendly urban planning and design; and participatory methodologies with children and young people. Kate worked in private industry and government before becoming an academic. 


My Grants

2018 Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Grant Title: ChillOUT: Smart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places

CIs: Georges River Council (Lead)

Project Partners:  Street Furniture Australia and UNSW: A/Prof. Nancy Marshall (lead), Dr Christian Tietz , Dr Kate Bishop, Prof. Linda Corkery, Dr Miles Park, Dr Christine Steinmetz, Prof. Susan Thompson

Grant Value: $879,338

 

2018 ACT Government: Capital Works, Transport Canberra and City Services.

Grant Title: Nature Play Space Study

CIs: Dr Cathy Hope, Canberra University (lead), Dr Kate Bishop

Grant Value: $13,403

 

2017 Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Grant Title: Smart Social Spaces: Smart street furniture supporting social health.

CIs: A/Prof. Nancy Marshall, Dr Christian Tietz (leads), Dr Kate Bishop, Prof. Linda Corkery, Dr Miles Park, Dr Christine Steinmetz, Prof. Susan Thompson

Project Partners: Georges River Council, Street Furniture Australia

Grant Value: $657,742

Media: 1: http://theconversation.com/sensors-in-public-spaces-can-help-create-cities-that-are-both-smart-and-sociable-93473

           2: https://www.foreground.com.au/technology/using-smart-furniture-data-shape-public-space

 

2017 ACT Government: Land Development Agency.

Grant Title: City to the Lake Project, Canberra Play Space Study, Phase 2

CIs: Dr Cathy Hope, Canberra University (lead), Dr Kate Bishop

Grant Value: $16,816

Media: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberras-playgrounds-have-evolved-since-the-safetyobsessed-80s-and-90s-20180315-h0xiwb.html

  

2016 ACT Government ACT Government, Land Development Agency.

Grant Title: City to the Lake Project, Canberra Play Space Study, Phase 1

CIs: Dr Cathy Hope, Canberra University (lead), Dr Kate Bishop

Grant Value: $13,838

 

2015 Built Environment Research Start Grant:

Grant Title: Social Enterprise + Youth Connection to Place: Examining links with environmental and creative industries
CIs: Dr Kate Bishop, Dr Nancy Marshall
Grant Value: $1,500

 
2012 Built Environment Faculty Research Grant Program:

 Grant Title: BE Place Centred
CIs: Dr Nancy Marshall, Dr Kate Bishop, Prof. Jon Lang
Grant Value: $20,060

 
2012 Built Environment Research Link Grant:

Grant Title: BE Place Centred Services for MOU Partners
CIs: Dr Nancy Marshall, Dr Kate Bishop
Grant Value: $1,500

 
2011 Built Environment Research Link Grant:

Grant Title:Young people’s sense of place in urban landscapes
CI: Dr Kate Bishop
Grant Value: $2,000


My Qualifications

PhD (USyd), BA (USyd), BA (Vis) SCA


My Awards

2021 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (NSW): NSW AILA President's Award was given to the two Landscape Architecture programs in NSW

2021 National Planning Institute of Australia Awards: Best Planning Ideas Small Project: ChillOUT Hubs: Smart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places

2020 NSW Planning Institute Awards: Best Planning Ideas Small Project: New South Wales: ChillOUT Hubs: Smart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places

2019 Committee for Sydney, Smart City Awards Highly Commended: Best Cross Sectorial Collaboration Initiative; Finalist: Best Emerging Idea

2018 UNSW Faculty of Built Environment: Learning and Teaching Excellence Award 2018 for Design Excellence

2017 UNSW President's Award for People's Choice: Awarded to the Women In Research Network Executive Committee


My Research Activities

Kate's own areas of research reflect her interests in the relationship between people and place. Drawing on the theoretical traditions of environment-behaviour research, Kate explores the relationship between the physical environment and social experience. She has a particular interest in the experience of children and young people and specialises in using participatory qualitative methods.

Additional areas of research interest include: smart social spaces, people, place and urban design, landscape urban research

Books recently released:

  • 2020: The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st Century City, co-edited with Dr Nancy Marshall, Routledge, New York
  • 2017: Designing cities with children and young people: Beyond playgrounds and skate parks, co-edited with A/Prof Linda Corkery, Routledge, New York

Current book projects:

  • The Routledge Handbook of Landscape Urban Research (2022), co-edited with Professor Emeritus, Linda Corkery, Routledge New York
  • T he Routledge Handbook of Diverse Childhoods and their Environmental Experience (2023), co-edited with Dr Katina Dimoulias, Routledge New York

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Children, youth and environments; Social inclusion and design; People and place; Paediatric design


Currently supervising

  1. Xintian Wang: Shared Neighbourhood Spaces and Place Attachment in Urban China: Two Case studies in Qingdao
  2. Sunanda Peri: Towards regenerative design thinking in the Australian urban state primary schools of Sydney, NSW.

PhD Completions: 

 

  1. 2021: Gunawardana Samaratunga: Development of an evidence-based post-occupancy behaviour framework for energy consumption in BASIX-compliant dwellings in Sydney, Australia.

  2. 2019: Parisa Kalali: Ethnic and cultural representations in the built environment and their relationship with place identity: A case study of Cabramatta, Sydney

  3. 2018: Fatemeh Aminpour: Exploring the role of children's use of in-between spaces in school environments in Australia in their development of their sense of agency


My Engagement

Engagement 

Current International Engagement

  • From 2020: Co-Chair: Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) Working Group: Association of the Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
  • From 2012: Co-Chair: Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) Research Network: Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA, USA)
  • From 2012: Committee member of the CYE Research Network for the International Association People Environment Studies (IAPS)

Current Leadership and Engagement at UNSW

  • From 2019: Discipline Director, Landscape Architecture, School of Built Environment, UNSW
  • From 2017: Convenor: Children and Youth Research Network (CYRN), UNSW
  • From 2011: BE Higher Degree Research Review Committee member 

 


My Teaching

Kate teaches courses that draw heavily on Environmental Psychology in both the Landscape Architecture Program and the Built Environment Interdisciplinary Learning Program.

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Location

Red Centre, Room 4018

Contact

+61 407454261
0407454261