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I am an urban cultural geographer whose work focuses on care, justice, sustainability, diverse economies and commons in the city. I am a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. My work focuses on how urban life could be made more just and caring for people and planet. I am currently the convenor of the research working group for the discipline of Geography and Planning in the Macquarie School of Social Sciences. I am a member of the Community Economies Institute and the Community Economies Research Network (International). 

My work makes a contribution to urban studies and food geographies with a focus on everyday practices of care and justice across a range of empirical foci including community food provisioning initatives and common spaces in cities. My work has been published in leading international journals Antipode, Geoforum, Urban Studies, Geography Compass, Cities and Area. I am a member of the Editorial Board for Geographical Research and Geography Compass and am regularly asked to review papers for leading journals. I am experienced in leading research projects with industry partners including a recent pilot project on Vertical Villages with Faith Housing Alliance (formerly Churches Housing, supported by the Salvationa Army) and Baptist Care. I am regularly asked to speak and comment on issues relating to care and food in cities and am an active member of the Australian Right to Food Coalition.

I am currently working with on an ARC Linkage (2022-2025) with Transport for NSW on The Power of Public Spaces  with Assoc/Prof Donna Houston, Assoc/Prof Kate Lloyd and Dr Justine Lloyd from the Macquarie School of Social Sciences.

In 2013 I recieved my PhD from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. This work was published in Antipode, Urban Studies, Area, Geographical Research and Cities. In June 2018 I was invited to present a Keynote at the Institute of Australian Geographers Urban Study Group Symposium on Cities of Care. This paper is now published in Cities.  In 2018 my paper titled Care-full Justice in the City was released online by the Antipode Foundation as part of a curated collection connected to the Association of American Geographers Annual Antipode lecture. 

Research interests

My research explores everyday practices of justice and care in the city with a specific focus on community  and urban commons. My current research focuses around seven main areas:

  • Care-full Justice in the city
  • A Feminist Ethics of care and the politics and practices of care
  • Sustainability Practices
  • Food justice and community food initiatives
  • Diverse Economies, post-capitalist politics and commoning
  • Urban Commons and urban planning theory
  • Participatory methodologies and geographies of possibility


I teach into both the undergraduate and postgraduate planning degrees. In 2022 I am teaching:

  • GEOP8020 Healthy Cities: Planning for Wellbeing, Equity and Diversity (S1)
  • GEOP2080 Planning and Development (S1)
  • GEOP3070 Urban Economies (S2)
  • GEOP1040 Planning Systems (S2)

Research student supervision

I am interested in supervising HDR students with the following research interests:

  • Urban Studies
  • Place-making and Public Space
  • A Feminist Ethics of Care and the politics and practices of care
  • Diverse economies, post-capitalist politics and community economies
  • Urban Commons and commoning
  • Community Food initiatives and Food Justice

Education/Academic qualification

Human Geography, PhD, University of Newcastle

Mar 2008Jun 2013

Award Date: 28 Jun 2013

Human Geography, Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours), University of Newcastle

Jan 2007Dec 2007

Award Date: 11 Dec 2007

Human Geography, Bachelor of Development Studies, University of Newcastle

Feb 2004Dec 2006

Award Date: 12 Dec 2006

External positions

Fixed Term Lecturer, University of Newcastle

Jan 2015Dec 2016

Research Assistance, University of Newcastle

Jan 2012Dec 2013

Casual Academic, University of Newcastle

Mar 20082013

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