Wendy Sarkissian: What's Psychology got to do with NIMBY?: Exploring the Deeper Meanings of Community Resistance to Proposed Housing Density Increases

Wendy Sarkissian is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced social planners, facilitators, and trainers. Sarkissian designs and manages complex community engagement processes and is an expert in housing, social planning, evaluation, and professional ethics. She has coauthored several books, including Kitchen Table Sustainability (2009), SpeakOut (2009), Creative Community Planning (2010), and Housing as if People Mattered (with Clare Cooper Marcus, 1986). Sarkissian is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and is currently an adjunct professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, and adjunct professor in the School of Sustainable Development, Bond University. Sarkissian's recent research has been on the concept of NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard).