Donna Houston

Associate Professor


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Donna Houston is an urban and cultural geographer in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. Her research explores the intersections of urban political ecology and environmental justice in the Anthropocene; cultural dimensions of climate change; spaces of extinction, and planning in the 'more-than-human' city.  She is particularly interested in how cultural methodologies such as storytelling, visual methods and memory-work can be used to address current social and environmental challenges.
Associate Professor Houston is the Director of the Human Geography major and the Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Environmental Humanities research stream.  She is a member of the Shadow Places Network, an international environmental humanities initiative funded by the Swedish government.

She currently teaches in the following units:

  • GEOP3090 Thinking Space
  • GEOP2050 Environment and Society
  • GEOP1020 Introducing the Environmental Humanities
  • GEOP7000 Dialogues in Human Geography

Associate Professor Houston is currently available to supervise PhD and Masters Research students interested in any of the research areas and themes identified above.

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  • Enabling Social Innovation for Local Climate Adaptability

    Houston, D., Hillier, J., Steele, W., Byrne, J. & MacCallum, D.

    14/04/15 → …

    Project: Research

    Valuing Adaptive Re-use of Heritage Buildings

    Houston, D., McNeill, D., Dowling, R. & Rogers, D.

    16/06/17 → …

    Project: Research

    Research Outputs

    Cities of care: Introduction to a special issue

    Wiesel, I., Steele, W. & Houston, D., Oct 2020, In : Cities. 105, p. 1-3 3 p., 102844.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Rethinking care as alternate infrastructure

    Alam, A. & Houston, D., May 2020, In : Cities. 100, p. 1-10 10 p., 102662.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Urban ecology

    Byrne, J. A. & Houston, D., 2020, Encyclopedia of human geography. Kobayashi, A. (ed.). 2nd ed. Elsevier, Vol. 14. p. 47-58 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Women's mobility, neighbourhood socio-ecologies and homemaking in urban informal settlements

    Alam, A., McGregor, A. & Houston, D., 17 Feb 2020, In : Housing Studies. 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Climate adaptation Australia: socially innovative climate adaptation: stories and practices from Australia

    Steele, W., Hillier, J., MacCallum, D., Byrne, J. & Houston, D., 2019

    Research output: Non-traditional research outputWeb publication/site


    • 2 Editorial work

    Dialogues in Human Geography (Journal)

    Donna Houston (Member of editorial board)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Geohumanities (Journal)

    Donna Houston (Member of editorial board)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work