|This page collects together writing for various sources by me, Stephen Rowley. I’m an urban planner, and have completed a PhD in the School of Culture and Communication at Melbourne University.
I have written widely on both urban planning and film. Much of my writing, particularly recently, straddles the intersection between the two topic areas. (Yes, there is one!)
A list of my published writing is here.
I currently split my time between employment in local government as an urban planner, work on my PhD, university teaching, and a few other projects.
I co-edited the magazine Planning News (with Tim Westcott and Gilda di Vincenzo) from July 2007 to December 2010. There is a lot more information about my work on Planning News at this link. My writing on urban planning has appeared in Planning News, The Age, Crikey, and on this site.
I am teaching and co-ordinating the Statutory Planning & Environment subject at RMIT in 2013. In the past I have presented guest lectures on a variety of planning related topics at RMIT (where I have also tutored), Deakin University, and the University of Melbourne.
I am Planning Editor of the VPRs.
I am a Committee member of the Victorian Division of the Planning Institute of Australia, serving as one of the committee’s Policy Convenors.
I presented at the 2010 PIA / VPELA planning conference, discussing my PhD research, and was a judge in the Media Category of the Victorian Planning Institute’s Awards for Excellence in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
My writing on film and television has appeared in Animation Journal, The Age, 007 Magazine, the online journals Senses of Cinema and The Refractory, and on various websites including Crikey, InFilm Australia (to which I was a regular contributor before it changed format) and CommanderBond.Net. Much of the content for this site is original content either originally posted here, or carried over from my old film-related website, Cinephobia, which I maintained from 1997 until 2010.
I contributed a chapter to the book The Blade Runner Experience (edited by Will Brooker), discussing the depiction of the city in Blade Runner.
In January 2010 I won one of the inaugural AFCA awards for film writing for my review of 2012.