Dr Peter Walters
Dr Peter Walters
Senior Lecturer

Phone:  (+61 7) 336 52759
Fax:  (+61 7) 336 51544

Room 441a, Level 4,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus


BA (Economics/Politics), University of New South Wales
MSc (Social Psychology), London School of Economics
PhD (Sociology), The University of Queensland

Professional activities:

Member – The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Co-convenor:  Urban Sociology thematic group TASA
Member - International Sociological Association, Research Committee 21: Sociology of Urban and Regional Development


Lecturer, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, 2010 - Present
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Political Science and International Relations, The University of Queensland, 2008 - 2009

Research interests:
  • Urban sociology
  • Sociology of development (urban)
  • Case study methods and epistemology

Please follow this link to find out more about Dr Walters’ research profile.

Representative publications:

Walters, P. (2015). The problem of community resilience in two flooded cities: Dhaka 1998 and Brisbane 2011. Habitat International, 50, 51-56  doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.08.004

Lyons, K., Walters, P. and Riddell, E. (2015). The Role of Faith-based Organizations in Environmental Governance: the Case of Forestry in Solomon Islands. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Online first, 1-19,10.1080/1523908X.2015.1098524

Walters, P. and G. Whitehouse (2015). "Mothers’ perceptions of support in the workplace: A sense of entitlement or resignation?" Journal of Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/1440783314536793

Shearer, S. and P. Walters (2014). "Young people's lived experience of the ‘street’ in North Lakes master planned estate." Children's Geographies: 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2014.939835

Walters, P. and McCrea R (2013), “Early gentrification and the public realm: A case study of West End in Brisbane, Australia”, Urban Studies, 51(2) 355-370

Walters, P. and Broom, A. (2013). “The city, the cafe and the public realm in Australia”. Tjora and Scambler (eds) Cafe Society. Palgrave: New York.

Walters, P (2013)”Disaster, Resilience and the City: A social comparison between Dhaka, Bangladesh and Brisbane, Australia”, RC21,Resourceful Cities
Humbolt University Berlin (Germany), 29-31 August 2013

McCrea, R. and Walters. P (2012). "Impacts of Urban Consolidation on Urban Liveability: Comparing an Inner and Outer Suburb in Brisbane, Australia." Housing, Theory and Society 29(2): 190-206.

Walters, P. and Whitehouse, G. (2012). “A limit to reflexivity: the challenge for working women of negotiating sharing of household labor." Journal of Family Issues.33 ( 8) 1117-1139

Walters, P. and R. McCrea (2011). Maintenance of the public realm in the face of rapid inner city densification: A case study of West End in Brisbane, Australia. RC21: The struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings. W. Nicholls. Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam.

Cheshire, L., Walters, P. and Wickes R. (2010). “Privatisation, Security and Community: How Master Planned Estates are Changing Suburban Australia”. Urban Policy and Research. 28:359-373.

Cheshire, L. and Walters, P. (2010) “The politics of housing consumption: renters as flawed consumers on a master planned estate”. Urban Studies. 47(12): 2597-2614

Walters, P. (2009) “Qualitative archiving: engaging with epistemological misgivings”. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 44,3, 309-320.

Cheshire, L., Rosenblatt, T., Lawrence, G. and Walters, P. (2009). “The governmentality of master planning: housing consumption, aesthetics and community on a new estate”. Housing Studies. 24(5): 653 - 667.

Walters, P. and H. Bartlett (2009) "Growing old in a new estate: establishing new social networks in retirement." Ageing and Society 29:217-236.

Walters, P. and T. Rosenblatt (2008) "Co-operation or co-presence? The comforting ideal of community in a master planned estate." Urban Policy and Research 26:397 - 413

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