Donna Houston

Associate Professor


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Donna Houston is an urban and cultural geographer in the Discipline of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. She has a PhD in Geography from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on multispecies and environmental justice in the Anthropocene; geographies of extinction, and urban planning for climate-just cities.  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. 

A/Prof Houston is the Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Environmental Humanities Research Group and a key researcher in 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 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 teaches in the following units:

  • GEOP3090 Thinking Space
  • GEOP2050 Environment and Society
  • GEOP1020 Introducing the Environmental Humanities
  • GEOP1010 Tourism and Heritage
  • GEOP7000 Dialogues in Human Geography

She 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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