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My scholarly and research interests converge around issues of social, environmental and multispecies justice in a climate-changing world. My research is situated within the fields of cultural and urban geography and the environmental humanities.  Current research projects explore: environmentally-just and socially innovative practices in local climate adaptation;  wastelands and postindustrial landscapes; rethinking animal and food geographies; and planning in the 'more-than-human' city. 

I currently serve as the Director of the Bachelor of Urban Planning and the Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Environmental Humanities Research Stream.  

I convene and lecture in the following classes:

GEOP181 Urban Planet: Cities and Planning in the Anthropocene and;

GEOP262 Ecological Humanities: Australians and their Environment.

I am currently available to supervise PhD and Masters Research students interested in any of the research areas listed above.

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Projects 2009 2017

Valuing Adaptive Re-use of Heritage Buildings

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

16/06/17 → …

Project: Research

Appointments and Schedules

Enabling Social Innovation for Local Climate Adaptability

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

14/04/15 → …

Project: Research

Urban Nature and Regenerative Cultures

Houston, D.


Project: Research

Research Output 2000 2018

Environmental justice and ecosystem services: a disaggregated analysis of community access to forest benefits in Nepal

Chaudhary, S., McGregor, A., Houston, D. & Chettri, N. 1 Feb 2018 In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 99-115 17 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Storytelling environmental justice: cultural studies approaches

Houston, D. & Vasudevan, P. 2018 The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. Holifield, R., Chakraborty, J. & Walker, G. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, p. 241-251 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

human geography
political economy

Make kin, not cities! Multispecies entanglements and 'becoming-world' in planning theory

Houston, D., Hillier, J., MacCallum, D., Steele, W. & Byrne, J. 3 Feb 2017 In : Planning Theory. 23 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

planning theory
urban geography
cultural geography
urban planner

Photo-response: approaching participatory photography as a more-than-human research method

Alam, A., McGregor, A. & Houston, D. 29 Jun 2017 In : Area. 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

research method