Kristian Ruming

Associate Professor


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Personal profile


Kristian is an urban and economic geographer. His research interests centre on issues of housing and urban planning. Kristian's research has explored social housing provision in New South Wales, in particular residents' experience of their neighbourhood and the evaluation of policies tied to urban renewal and community regeneration. Kristian has been involved in a number of projects conducted by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and authored numerous planning and housing studies for state government departments and local councils.

Before moving to Macquarie University Kristian worked as a Research Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, and the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle

Research interests

Kristian is currently undertaking research projects:

  1. Urban regeneration planning and governance - examining the complex ways urban regeneration projects are planned, funded and managed across different urban contexts. 
  2. Formal and everyday assemblages of urban regeneration - exploring urban regeneration and renewal at the city-wide scale and tracing the complex assemblages which mediate urban change. Funded by ARC DP130100582 (with Dr K Mee and Prof P McGuirk [University of Newcastle])
  3. Impacts of planning reform on development and assessment - tracing the capacity of state governments, local councils and developers to enact development in the context of changing planning regulations
  4. Social/affordable housing construction and management - explore residents' concerns over new social/affordable housing construction, the planning regulations directing development and the viability of new management structures (such as Community Housing).
  5. Resident resistance to urban consolidation - tracing the role and impact of community groups in challenging strategic planning and local planning decisions which promote densification.


Kristian is the unit convenor for:

- GEOP219 - Urban Dynamics: Population, Housing and Economy 

- GEOP350 - Geographies of Health

Research student supervision

Current HDR students:

- Wayne Williamson – Social media and participation in planning (PhD)

- Zahra Nasreen - Shared housing: A solution or an exacerbation to rental housing affordability crisis in Sydney? (PhD)

- Mahdiyeh Bagherzadeh Khosroushahi – Urban Regeneration in Macquarie Park (PhD)

- Lois Towart - The Geographic Supply Drivers of Australian Retirement Communities (PhD)


Completed HDR students:

- David Fingland – Manufacturing certainty: the purpose of planning in New South Wales? (PhD)

- Pamela Box – What does ‘Shared Responsibility’ mean for flood risk management in Australia? (PhD)

- Byambadorj Tseregmaa – Urban transition in informal settlements in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (PhD)

- Carolyn Thompson – Master-planned estates and the politics of urban revitalisation (PhD)

Kerstin Hermes – A comparative study of community linkages  (PhD)

- Khandakar Al Fair Uddin – Post-politics and Council Amalgamation in NSW (MRes)


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