Researcher

Dr Kate Bishop

My Expertise

Children, youth and their environments, specialising in:

  • Children, youth and cities
  • Play and inclusive playground design
  • Children, youth and hospitalisation
  • Educational environments

 

Biography

Discipline Director, Landscape Architecture

Director, Built Environment Interdisciplinary Learning (BEIL) initiative Faculty of Built Environment

Convenor, Children and Youth Research Network (CYRN), UNSW

Co-Chair of the CYE Research Network, EDRA, USA

Dr Kate Bishop's principal area of design and research interest is children, youth and environments. She has extensive experience as a design consultant with a particular interest in...view more

Discipline Director, Landscape Architecture

Director, Built Environment Interdisciplinary Learning (BEIL) initiative Faculty of Built Environment

Convenor, Children and Youth Research Network (CYRN), UNSW

Co-Chair of the CYE Research Network, EDRA, USA

Dr Kate Bishop's principal area of design and research interest is children, youth and environments. She has extensive experience as a design consultant with a particular interest in environments for children with special needs; the design of paediatric and adolescent health care facilities; and participatory methodologies in design and research with children and young people. She holds a PhD from the University of Sydney in Environment-Behaviour research (Topic: The role of the physical environment of hospital settings in children's well-being, from their perspectives); a BA from the University of Sydney (Major: Anthropology) and a BA (Vis) from Sydney College of the Arts (Major: Jewellery and Object Design). 


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

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 is the convenor of the new Children and Youth Research Network (CYRN) at UNSW. The main aim is to establish an interdisciplinary knowledge exchange network at UNSW for those working in the area of children and youth, which functions as both an internal and an external resource for industry, government and community partners.

CYRN Website: https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/research/research-networks/children-and-youth-research-network/

Media 2019: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/swings-and-roundabouts-push-to-make-sydney-more-child-friendly-20190628-p52278.html

Kate's own areas of research also 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.

She has completed research in the following areas:

  • Children’s lived experience of poverty
  • Young people's experience of work
  • Children’s participation in research
  • Children and young people's experience of an Australian neighbourhood setting
  • Children and young people’s experience of a paediatric hospital environment and its relationship to their feeling of well-being
  • Children's experience of school environments

Books recently released:

2019: The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st Century City, co-edited with Dr Nancy Marshall

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 project:

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Themes in Urban Landscape Architecture Research


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

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


Currently supervising

  1. Gunawardana Samaratunga: Development of an evidence-based behaviour model for dwelling energy consumption to support sustainability assessment, inform building design and policy decisions

PhD Completions

  1. 2019: Parisa Kalali: Ethnic and cultural representations in the built environment and their relationship with place identity: A case study of Cabramatta, Sydney

  2. 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 

International Engagement

  • From 2012: Co-Chair of the Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) Research Network for Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA, USA)
  • From 2012: Committee member of the CYE Research Network for the International Association People Environment Studies (IAPS)
  • 2010-16: Editorial Board: Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies
  • 2010-16: Editorial Board: Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies
  • From 2012: Scientific Committee: EDRA’s annual conference
  • 2010-16: Standing Scientific committee member: ASIA Pacific International Annual Conferences on Environment-Behaviour Studies (AicE-Bs)
  • 2010-16: Standing Scientific committee member: ASEAN annual conferences on Behavioural Studies (AcE-Bs)
  • 2006: Co-Chair: People in Place in People, Inaugural International Conference in Environment-Behaviour Research. Environment, Behaviour and Society Research Group (EBS), Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 9-11 February
  • 2016: Reviewer: Environment and Behaviour
  • 2014: Reviewer: Child: Care, Health and Development
  • 2011: Reviewer: Children and Society
  • 2010-16: Reviewer: Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies
  • 2010-16: Reviewer: Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies
  • 2008: Reviewer: Children, Youth and Environments (CYE Online) 

National Engagement

  • 2018: Chair: In Their Best Interests: The Inaugural Showcase of Interdisciplinary Research Partnerships from the new Children and Youth Research Network at UNSW
  • 2016: Co-Chair: Resilience for People and Place: Research, Policy, Practice Synergies. People & Place Research Cluster, UNSW, September 21st
  • 2015: Chair: Delivering for Diversity in the 21st Century City. People & Place Research Cluster, UNSW, 25th June
  • 2014: Co-Chair: Place and Placelessness in the 21st Century City. People & Place Research Cluster, UNSW, 4th September
  • 2013: Chair: Who is Making Place? People & Place Research Cluster, UNSW, 11th October
  • 2011-12: Co-chair: Designing for kids in the city: Beyond playgrounds and skate parks. A series of five seminars hosted by both UNSW and the NSW  Commission for Children and Young People

Leadership and Engagement at UNSW

  • From 2017: Convenor: Children and Youth Research Network (CYRN), UNSW
  • 2016-2019: Faculty Representative and Executive Committee member of the Women in Research Network (WiRN), UNSW
  • 2016-2019: Convenor of WiRN's Share & Connect informal networking lunchtime series.
  • 2011-2017: Convenor, People and Place Research Cluster, Faculty of Built Environment
  • 2011-2017: Committee member of the Research Management Committee, Faculty of Built Environment
  • From 2012: Director, Built Environment Interdisciplinary Learning (BEIL) initiative
  • From 2012: Committee member of the BEIL Reference Group
  • From 2011: BE Higher Degree Research Review Committee member 

Membership

  • Co-Chair of the Children, Youth and Environments research network for the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 
  • Member of International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS)
  • Member of Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH)
  • Member of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
  • Editorial board: Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies
  • Editorial board: Journal of Asian Behavioural Studies
  • Reviewer: Children and Society, Wiley
  • Reviewer: Child: Care, Health and Development, Wiley
  • Reviewer: Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies
  • Reviewer: Journal of Asian Behavioural Studies

Scientific Committees

  • Scientific Committee member: EDRA
  • Scientific committee member: ASIA Pacific International Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies (AicE-Bs)
  • Scientific committee member: ASEAN Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies (AcE-Bs)
  • 2009-11  Judge: International Design Awards: International Academy of Design and Health

Practice

Design Consultant: Children, youth and environments

Major projects: Children’s environment projects (in particular: inclusive play environments and healthcare settings).

Recent Projects

  • Collaroy All-Abilities Playground (Part of Disabiltiy Recreation Precint), (Warringah Shire Council, Sydney)
  • Beaton Park Regional All-Abilities Playspace, (City of Nedlands, Perth)
  • Yokine Regional Open Space Inclusive Playground, (City of Stirling, Perth)
  • Edwardes Lake Park All-Abilities Playspace, (City of Darebin, Melbourne)
  • Playground for Great Garden Courtyard, The New Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (DHS Victoria)
  • Strathfield Park All-abilities playground (Strathfield City Council, Sydney)

Consultant advisor

  • 2009-12 NSW Commission for Children and Young People: assisting in their response to the NSW Parliamentary Enquiry into Children, Young People and the Built Environment
  • 2012 Stronger Families Alliance - training on engaging young people in civic processes (Blue Mountains City Council)
  • 2012 National Think Tank on developing national inclusive play guidelines, Canberra
  • 2010 National Think Tank on National Plan for Young Australians, Parliament House Canberra
  • 2006-10 Board of Directors, Association for the Well-being of Children in Healthcare (Secretary to the Board, 2006: Vice President of the Board,2009)
  • 2008-9 National Executive Committee, UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative
  • 2007-8 Youth Advisory Committee, Association for the Well-being of Children in Healthcare
  • 2007-8  Expert Advisory Committee, Starlight Foundation


My Teaching

Kate is the Director of the Built Environment Interdisciplinary Learning (BEIL) program. This strategic initiative was introduced in 2012 in recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of professional practice. All senior undergraduate students are required to complete two BEIL courses as part of their undergraduate degrees. Currently BEIL offers 1200 places in 30 courses supplied by all seven undergraduate programs in the Faculty.

Kate teaches Environmental Psychology based courses in the BEIL program and in the Landscape Architecture Program which currently include: People, Place & Design; Landscape Design for Wellbeing and Children, Youth & Environments. She also teaches LAND1421 and LAND1422, the Thesis Stream for undergraduate students in the Landscape Architecture Program.

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Location

Red Centre, Room 4018

Contact

+61 407454261
0407454261

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