Linda is a social researcher with a particular interest in the intersection between research, policy and practice. She is specialised in urban and regional planning, social policy, sociology and youth studies.
Linda works as a Research Fellow at Nordregio.
Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Bachelor of Social Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Manager, Participation and Sector Development, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, Melbourne.
Sessional Instructor in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
Youth Participation and Access Officer & Cultural Development Officer, Cardinia Shire Council.
Mobile Youth Service Team Leader, Frankston City Council.
Randall L Morstyn L & Walsh K 2012, Two way street: Young people informing improvements to education and service delivery, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, Melbourne.
Linda Randall‘s spatial story
Growing up in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, gave me a unique perspective on the way one city can encapsulate diverse urban realities for the people who live within it. My home town is on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation about 50 kilometres from what is today the Melbourne CBD. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I was living the what-not-to-do section of the urban planning text book. The part on urban sprawl. But I was oblivious. For me, having the beach and the bush on my doorstep more than made up for the limited connectivity and the long train trip home from the footy (that’s Australian rules football, btw) was just a chance to hang out with friends for a little longer.
Working as a youth worker, years later, in the same municipality gave me a fresh perspective. It showed me that, even within a relatively small geographical area, the realm of experience was vast. I learned first-hand how simple decisions, such as where to locate different types of housing, can have far reaching, long-term consequences. My interest in these kinds of issues was further peaked after working in another, younger, fringe community in a different part of the city which faced completely different challenges. Here, it was rapid growth in urban areas and high levels of poverty in declining farming communities that occupied the spotlight.
I soon learned that the answers to the larger questions that were forming in my mind were best explored from a helicopter-perspective and moved on to a position at a state-wide youth policy organisation. By this stage I had also made a physical move. The city was no longer a distant vision across the bay but instead an ever-present monster (sometimes friendly, sometimes not!) to be navigated daily.
Again, I became fascinated with the way that various decisions had shaped the city over time. The way that a simple, low-cost, strategy to revitalise the laneways brought the CBD to life by tapping in to the very heart of what it is to be a Melbournian. Or how the multi-billion-dollar Docklands development failed by completely ignoring the same point. At the same time, so went on my quest to understand spatial inequity both within the city and beyond it. I advocated strongly for the inclusion of my old friends on the urban fringe in policy discussions as well as developing a new interest in the unique perspectives of young people in rural and regional areas.
Finally, I understood the spatial thread in my own professional journey and began a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. Thanks to an exchange semester at KTH I find myself here in Stockholm where I am gathering a whole new frame of spatial reference in the Nordic and European contexts and working on the next chapter of the story.
Related Research Projects
- Evaluation of Åland Rural Programme 2014-2020
- Remote work and multilocality post-pandemic
- Digitalisation as a tool for sustainable Nordic regional development
- Sino-European innovative green and smart cities (SiEUGreen)
- MAMBA (Maximised Mobility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change)
- Digitalisation in rural and sparsely populated areas – joint Nordic-Baltic learning
- ESPON 2020 Global FDI flows towards Europe
- TeMoRI – Territorial Monitoring update and Regional potential Index for the Baltic Sea Region
- GREEN GROWTH IN NORDIC REGIONS 50 ways to make it happen
- Green transition in Nordic regions: State of play, practices and needs
- Nordic Green Growth Road Show
- State of the Nordic Region 2018: Immigration and integration edition
- Governing the digital transition in Nordic Regions: The human element
- Governing the Digital Transition in the Nordic Regions
- Remote work: Effects on Nordic people, places and planning 2021-2024
- State of the Nordic Region 2022
- Who is left behind? The impact of place on the possibility to follow Covid-19 restrictions
- State of the Nordic Region 2020 -Wellbeing, health and digitalisation
- Policy Brief: Rural perspectives on digital innovation
- Rural perspectives on digital innovation: Experiences from small enterprises in the Nordic countries and Latvia
- State of the Nordic Region 2020
- Building Effective Transnational Partnerships: The Case of Smart Lighting
- Social innovation in local development: Lessons from the Nordic countries and Scotland
- Social Innovation (SI) in local development in the Nordic countries and Scotland
- Local and regional experiences of remote work and multilocality
- Maximising mobility and access to services in rural areas
- Mobility for all in rural areas – Inspiring solutions from MAMBA
- A guide to collaborative mobility solutions in rural areas
- What will be the future of remote work post-pandemic?
- Nordregio researcher offers insight on multi-locality at ESPON event
- Nordic City Network seminar for stronger cooperation and project planning
- Innovation in rural mobility – new report delivers best practices
- Nordregio Forum 2021 – some highlights!
- MAMBA project at the Conference on Mobility in the District
- New tool measures impact of gardening on urban sustainability
- Segregation, Covid-19 and living conditions – myths meet research
- Small rural businesses taking the leap
- Urban gardening demonstrates social empowerment: Taste Aarhus led to 300 initiatives
- New perspectives on Foreign Direct Investment inflows towards and within Europe
- Nordic thematic group for innovative and resilient regions publishes three discussion papers
- ARENA: Remote work – What does it mean for people, places and planning?
- State of the Nordic Region 2022
- Nordregio at the BSSSC Annual Conference
- Hvordan kan digitalisering bidrage til at indfri FN’s verdensmål på Færøerne og i Grønland?
- A Webinar Series: Rural perspectives on digital innovation
- Webinar: Labour Market in the Nordics. State of the Nordic Region 2020
- Webinar: Carbon Neutrality in the Nordics. State of the Nordic Region 2020
- Webinar: Economy in the Nordics. State of the Nordic Region 2020
- Webinar: Demography in the Nordics. State of the Nordic Region 2020
- State of the Nordic Region 2020: Launch and webinar
- MAMBA Rural Mobility Seminar #4
- Matcha utmaningarna i ditt lantbruk med enkla digitala verktyg
- Typology of internal net migration 2020-2021
- Internal net migration 2020-2021
- Population change 2010-2019
- Second Homes 2020
- Access to fixed broadband at minimum download speed 100 Mpbs
- Change in work travels Jan-Feb 2020 compared to Nov 2021
- Remote work potential
- Confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 10,000 inhabitants
- Labour market impacts of COVID-19
- At-risk-of-poverty rate 2011-2018 change
- Income and inequality typology 2017
- Unemployment rate 2018
- Tertiary education attainment level of 30- to 34-year-olds 2019
- Broadband speed availability and coverage
- Household coverage of NGA broadband 2018
- Household access to broadband 100Mbps
- Share of jobs at “high risk” of automation
- Change in working age population 2019-2040