Dr Iris Levin1, Dr Tracy Castelino
1Swinburne University Of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia, 2ShantiWorks, Richmond, Australia
Recently, emerging research has focused on urban belonging to capture the capacity of the city and its public spaces in enhancing the sense of belonging for diverse populations. Especially in the past decade, cities are having to deal with dilemmas around the appropriation of public space and strategies for promoting belonging in public urban spaces in contexts of heightened security. Yet not many have examined urban belonging from the perspective of white privilege, and most accounts have neglected the spatial dimension of belonging and its inter-relationship with power and race. In Australia, there has been little discussion about white privilege and its manifestation in the urban space, except for a few (e.g. Lobo 2014; Malone 2007; Shaw 2007). Yet white space is still hardly ever made visible in Australian cities. Additional research is needed to expose the spatial forms of belonging in Australian cities in an era of increasing securitisation of public space, in the context of whiteness. This proposed study, through ethnographic methods and Qualitative GIS, will fill these theoretical and empirical gaps and will produce a comprehensive spatial analysis of urban belonging in Australia in the context of white privilege.
Iris Levin is Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Transitions working on housing, migration and social diversity. Iris Levin gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2010, has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a B.Arch. in Architecture, gained from the Technion, Israel.
Iris’s research focuses on issues around housing, migration, disadvantaged communities and social mix in the city. Iris has been involved in research focusing on migrants and their sense of belonging in their homes, social inclusion in public urban spaces, and socially mixed communities.