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Jessica McLean does research on how humans, more-than-humans, environments and technologies interact to produce geographies of change. Her research focuses on digital technologies, water politics, climate action and activism. She is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University where she is Deputy Director of Outreach and Engagement and teaches Anthropocene politics and Indigenous geographies. In 2019, her book Changing Digital Geographies: Technologies, Environments and People was published and she is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Digital Geography and Society journal.


Units that Jess McLean convenes in 2021:

FOAR7005 Living in the Anthropocene (Faculty of Arts Master of Research unit)

GEOP8050 Attitudes to the Environment (Postgraduate unit)

GEOP3030 Liveable cities

Units to which Jess makes significant contributions:

GEOP3000 Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene

Research student supervision

Jess McLean is currently taking on new PhD and Masters of Research students in the following areas:

  • Digital technologies - including digital sustainability, digital justice, feminist digital action, digital geographies, gender and the digital.
  • Water cultures - urban and rural contexts, Indigenous knowledges and rights with respect to water, power and water cultures.
  • Anthropocene studies - climate change, water dilemmas, justice in the Anthropocene.

Current HDR students:

Sarah Prebble: Digitally-mediated human-nature relationships in sustainable Cities: Urban Forest governance in Melbourne and Sydney

Elisabeth Nicolson: Dancing the earth and dreaming song to restore the balance- Exploring the role of Aboriginal song and dance in the environmental crises

Elise Frost: Constructions of authenticity and constructions of community within public space in Sydney



Education/Academic qualification

Geography, Gender Studies, Anthropology, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

Award Date: 18 Dec 2001

Environment and Development Studies, PGrad Certificate, The University of Melbourne

Geography, PhD, University of Sydney


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