I worked in practice in both public and private sector for 14 years before entering full time academia. Roles within practice were across the areas of urban planning, urban design and economic development in a variety of practice, management and director roles. Between 2017 and 2019, whilst still in practice I worked as a part time tutor delivering both undergraduate and taught postgraduate modules.
On joining the University of Dundee full time as a Lecturer in 2019 I have become involved in the a number of collaborative opportunities both internally and externally. This has included supporting international recruitment in the ASEAN region and balance this with practice experience including as a Board Member of Architecture and Design Scotland, General Assembly Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Academician with the Academy of Urbanism.
Areas of interest can be considered as stand-alone or interrelated. They include the diversity required and need for more transdisciplinary approach within the built environment and the transformative approaches needed to deliver meaningful placemaking outcomes. These interface with the interest in collective wellbeing of places and people using both social, digital and physical data to address issues and deliver outcomes.
I am interested in the inclusivity of the built environment from both the professional and community perspectives.
I am the Year 1 Leader and Adviser of Studies for Years 1 and 2 in the Urban Planning and the Geography with Urban Planning pathways.
I am the module leader or co-deliver on a range of modules including:
- UP11004 Planning for Sustainable Places
- UP22004 People and Places (Module Leader)
- UP31006 Urban Planning: Research Design and Methodologies
- UP32004 Planning Law and Plan Making (Module Leader)
- UP41005 Independent Research Study as a Supervisor
- UP51007 Statutory Planning (Module Leader)
- UP53001 Dissertation as a Supervisor
The transdisciplinary approach undertaken allows me to develop additional links across modules and out-with the School of Social Sciences. With a learning in place approach, I provide a practice-based lens to delivering outcomes as planners, placemakers and urbanists whilst linking this to theory. The place-based pedagogy can further enhance the sustainable transformation of our streets, neighbourhoods, towns and cities whilst considering local and regional relationships.
I am also the Centre Lead for the Joint Distance Learning Consortium and oversee the components delivered in our role as a partner including module delivery and dissertation supervision.
Kirsty Macari has recently been appointed a Fellow at the Royal Town Planning Institute, making her one of the first female fellows in Scotland.