Jessica McLean


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As a human and environmental geographer, my current core research programs are:

  • geographies of digital change, and
  • water cultures, encompassing rural and urban water issues.

Both research programs involve developing and growing collaborative research relationships with institutions and people from non-academic contexts, and draw on interdisciplinary approaches.

Within the geographies of digital change research program, I have two research subprojects that will come together in my book ‘Changing Digital Geographies’ – geographies of digital feminism and digital climate action. This research recognises the ways in which multi-scalar social, environmental, cultural and political dynamics interact to produce change and will be published in mid 2019. 

I teach core subjects in human geography, environmental geography and planning at Macquarie and am available to supervise students in postgraduate studies. 

I am 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.
  • 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. 

Education/Academic qualification

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

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

Geography, PhD, University of Sydney

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Projects 2015 2019

Research Outputs 2007 2020

Changing digital geographies: technologies, environments and people

McLean, J., 2020, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 267 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

social isolation

A feminist perspective on digital geographies: activism, affect and emotion, and gendered human-technology relations in Australia

McLean, J., Maalsen, S. & Prebble, S., 4 May 2019, In : Gender, Place and Culture. 26, 5, p. 740-761 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

social media

Country without rain

McLean, J., 2019, NGV Magazine, 16, p. 76-80 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch


Decolonising strategies and neoliberal dilemmas in a tertiary institution: nurturing care-full approaches in a blended learning environment

McLean, J., Graham, M., Suchet-Pearson, S., Simon, H., Salt, J. & Parashar, A., May 2019, In : Geoforum. 101, p. 122-131 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Blended Learning
learning environment

Digital justice in Australian visa application processes?

McLean, J. & Mackenzie, R., 1 Dec 2019, In : Alternative Law Journal. 44, 4, p. 291-296 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

artificial intelligence
Federal Government


Activities 2014 2016

  • 1 Membership of board
  • 1 Membership of council
  • 1 Membership of network

GeoJournal (External organisation)

Jessica McLean (Member)
20 Jan 2016

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Geographical Society of NSW (External organisation)

Jessica McLean (Member)
1 Jan 2016

Activity: MembershipMembership of council

Institute of Australian Geographers (External organisation)

Jessica McLean (Member)
1 Jan 2014

Activity: MembershipMembership of network