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I am an urban geographer whose work focuses on care, justice, sustainability and commons in the city. I am currently working on a research project on Care-full food justice: community food initiatives across Metropolitan Sydney and will commence a project on Sustainabie Household Practices in 2019. In 2017 I commenced my current role at Macquarie University as a lecturer in Geography and Planning. 

In June 2018 I was invited to present a Keynote at the Institute of Australian Geographers Urban Study Group Symposium on Cities of Care. 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. 

My recent PhD research awarded in 2013 was titled: 'Cities of Possibility: Performing Care-full Urban Justice'. My PhD work responded to calls to look beyond injustice in the city in order to develop a grounded knowledge of actually existing justice. I innovatively developed the concept of Care-full Justice and demonstrated how, in the search for actually existing justice in the city, care and justice need to be approached as relational, interdependent, contextual, everyday and mediated.

Research interests

My research explores everyday practices of justice and care in the city with a specific focus on community food initiatives 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


I teach into both the undergraduate and postgraduate planning degrees. In 2019 I was unit convenor of:

  • GEOP461 Planning Expereince S1
  • GEOP832 Gateway to the Planning Profession S1

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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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2014 2018

  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Urban commons are more-than-property

Williams, M. J., Feb 2018, In : Geographical Research. 56, 1, p. 16-25 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

population density

A bun in the oven: how the food and birth movements resist industrialisation

Williams, M., 2017, In : Gender, Place and Culture. 24, 12, p. 1807-1808 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

book review

Care-full justice in the city

Williams, M. J., 1 Jun 2017, In : Antipode. 49, 3, p. 821-839 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

moral philosophy

Searching for actually existing justice in the city

Williams, M., 1 Aug 2017, In : Urban Studies. 54, 10, p. 2217-2231 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

research approach
critical theory

Social sciences for an other politics: women theorizing without parachutes

Williams, M., Aug 2017, Antipode Foundation, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteBook/Film/Article reviewResearch

Open Access
book review
social science

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Membership of network

Institute of Australian Geographers (External organisation)

Miriam Williams (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Geographical Society of NSW (External organisation)

Miriam Williams (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network