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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 an 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/Prof 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 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 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

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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