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My research explores concepts and practices of justice in the context of global environmental change, with an empirical focus on grassroots, community and activist responses to climate change. Prior to joining Macquarie University, I held postdoctoral positions at Durham University, UK and City University of Hong Kong where I conducted research on low carbon urban transitions and climate governance; NGO discourses of energy justice; low carbon communities and social justice; and energy vulnerability in communities. My current projects focus on the politics and governance of urban climate justice across the Asia-Pacific region. I co-lead the Faculty of Arts research stream on ‘Activism, Rights and Justice’ with Dr Amy Barrow (Law).


I currently convene and teach the following units:

  • GEOP1080 Urban Planet: Cities and Planning in the Anthropocene
  • GEOP2010/GEOP6080 Theory and Methods in Geography and Planning

I also convene a colloquium A Global Perspective on Climate Justice for the MQ Global Leadership Program.

Research student supervision

Ting Ting Tracy Cheung (Joint PhD with Hamburg University) The role of cities in low-carbon energy transitions.

Anisha Humphreys (MRes) Community renewable energy groups in Australia and the relationship between individual and collective pro-environmental behaviour. Completed 2020

Nicole McNamara (PhD) Understanding Cycling: Practices and Experiences in Sydney. Completed 2018

Olivia Ya-Ju Hsieh (MRes) Interrogating Corporate Social Responsibility through the lens of environmental justice: The case of corporate waste. Completed 2018

Margaret Page (MRes) Energy transitions, intermediaries and home battery storage in Australia. Completed 2017

Niru Gurung (MRes) Climate Justice and Gender: A Study of Metropolitan Sydney Local Councils’ Climate Policy. Completed 2015

Nirodha Neupane (MRes) Optimizing the number and location of public litter bins using Geographic Information Systems. Completed 2015

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

External positions

Visiting Scholar, Fudan Tyndall Centre, Fudan University

Fellow, Asian Energy Studies Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University


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