wed 26 MAY 2021


Keynote Address: Accessibility session – ‘Who are we planning for?’

Lisa will take you on a journey exploring why Planning for All is an essential planning approach to achieving inclusive communities, cities, regions. For over 4.4million Australians with disabilities, mobility and participation are currently conditional acts based on how well spaces, infrastructure, and the connections between these are planned and created. 

Drawing on life stories, case examples, strategies and practice insights, Lisa will reveal how planning for all is possible. This includes providing some simple starting points – such as questioning what matters, perspective taking, along with identifying what is within planners and designers own power now.  

Planning Inclusively is the only way forward to create fairness, equity & access while upholding all persons’ rights to be in space and participate fully in everyday life.  

Lisa Stafford MPIA

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Lisa Stafford is a researcher, educator & planner in creating inclusive sustainable communities. Lisa argues that to improve equality and participation for people with diverse disabilities and chronic illness requires the disruption of long-standing practices and ideas that maintain social-spatial injustices and exclusion by design. Change is enabled through perspective taking, questioning what matters, along with local and global examples leading the way.

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in community planning and disability. She has worked as an academic, practitioner and manager in government and non-government organisations. Lisa is a part time Senior Lecturer/ARC DECRA Fellow and a program lead for Ecologies of Justice in Centre for Justice at QUT. Lisa is a full member of the Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA), Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) and Disability Leadership Institute (DLI).

Lisa’s talent was awarded by gaining a highly competitive Australian Research Council – DECRA Fellowship 2019 in Inclusive community planning for people with disabilities in regional areas