- How cities adapt their urban form to changing conditions such as rapid population growth or decline, natural disasters, deindustrialisation and climate change.
- Using GIS to track changes to urban layouts over time, including city blocks, streets and property parcels.
- How urban policy influences (or fails to influence) desired settlement patterns.
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Gallagher, Rachel, Liu, Yan and Sigler, Thomas (2019)Parcel amalgamation as a mechanism for achieving urban consolidation through densification: the fixity of property boundaries over time. Land Use Policy, 89. DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104239
Gallagher, Rachel (2019). Property boundary change for residential development: a study of Brisbane, Australia. MPhil Thesis, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland.