20142020

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Biography

I am an urban geographer whose work focuses on care, justice, sustainability, diverse economies and commons in the city. In 2017 I commenced my current role at Macquarie University as a lecturer in Geography and Planning. As a emerging Urban Researcher I am interested in how urban life could be made more just and caring for people and planet. I am currently the Director of the Bachelor of Planning and co-convenor of the Cities, Planning and Governance research Cluster in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie. I am a member of the Community Economies Institute and the Community Economies Research Network (International) and I have a keen interest in post-capitalist politics. 

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. 

I am currently working on four research projects. a research project on Care-full food justice: community food initiatives across Metropolitan Sydney, The Australian Sustainable Household Database (with Assoc/Prof Kristian Ruming, Assoc/Prof Donna Houston and Dr Sara Fuller), the Vertical Villages Communty, Place and Density Pilot for Churches Housing and Baptist Care (With Prof Amanda Wise, Dr Emma Mitchell, Assoc/Pof Kristian Ruming and Kate Cavanaugh) and a writing a book on Care and the City with Dr Emma Power from WSU. 

 

 

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 Ethic of care and the politics and practices of care
  • Sustainability Practices
  • Food justice and community food initiatives
  • Diverse Economies, post-capitalist poltics and commoning
  • Urban Commons and urban planning theory
  • Participatory methodologies and geographies of possibility

Teaching

I teach into both the undergraduate and postgraduate planning degrees. In 2020 I am unit convenor of:

  • GEOP370 Urban Economies S2
  • GEOP8080 Sustainable Urban Regions S2

Research student supervision

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

  • Urban and Planning Theory 
  • Sustainability Practices
  • A Feminist Ethics of Care and the politics and practices of care
  • Diverse economies, post-capitalist politics and community economies
  • Urban Commons and commoning
  • Geographies of Justice and Activism
  • Community Food initiatives and Food Justice

Education/Academic qualification

Human Geography, PhD, University of Newcastle

Mar 2008Jun 2013

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

Jan 2007Dec 2007

Human Geography, Bachelor of Development Studies, University of Newcastle

Feb 2004Dec 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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