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Donna Houston is an urban and cultural geographer.  Her research focuses on environmental justice in climate-changing worlds; geographies of extinction, and urban planning in more-than-human cities.  She is particularly interested in how cultural methodologies such as storytelling, visual methods and cultural memory can be used to address current social and environmental challenges. 

A/Prof Houston is the Chair of the Discipline of Geography and Planning, Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Environmental Humanities Research Group and a founding member of the Shadow Places Network, an international environmental humanities initiative funded by the Swedish government's Seedbox. 

A/Prof Houston's teaching and research is focused on creating more caring and just multispecies cities and societies. Recent projects include an ARC Linkage Project [2021-2024] ‘The Power of Public Spaces to Connect Communities and Places’ and an ARC Discovery Project [2015-2019] Enabling Innovation in Local Climate Adaptability. With A/Prof Andrew McGregor, she has formed a Multispecies Geographies research group that explores just climate transitions in urban and rural food systems and the development of critical frameworks for multispecies justice.

A/Prof Houston currently teaches in the following units:

  • GEOP3090 Thinking Space
  • GEOP8075 Planning, Principles & Places

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Topographies of Memory and Power: Environmental politics, history and justice at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, University of Southern California

Award Date: 12 May 2006


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