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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Projects 2009 2021

Research Outputs 2000 2020

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

informal settlement

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/siteResearch

Creating a thinking space for the rising stars of Australian urban geography

Rogers, D., Porter, L., Steele, W. & Houston, D., 3 Apr 2019, In : Australian Geographer. 50, 2, p. 141-143 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

urban geography
study group
urban study
urban development
urban planning

Socially innovative local climate adaptation: stories and practices from Australia

Steele, W., Hillier, J., MacCallum, D., Byrne, J. & Houston, D., 20 Nov 2019, North Ryde, NSW: Macquarie University. 68 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther reportResearch

Activities 2019 2020

  • 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