I am a social, cultural and political geographer. I am Professor of Geography, Director of the Urban Research Program, and Research Theme Champion for Urban Living and Society, at Western Sydney University. I am interested in people's relationships to the places and environments in which they live, including relations to landscapes, objects and each other.
I define my research agenda as 'geographies of justice', encompassing three areas: (1) urban and regional transformations in contexts of social and cultural diversity; (2) household dynamics with respect to changing patterns of gender relations, mobile work, commuting and home/work interchange; and (3) socially-inclusive disaster planning and emergency management. Within this tri-part agenda, my sub-disciplinary interests include: gender, sexuality and space; home and belonging; mobilities and place-making; emotional geographies and well-being; urban and rural studies; and visual and material cultures.
I have led three Australian Research Council Discovery Projects on themes including gender dynamics, masculinities and domestic practices; LGBT experiences of disasters; and mobile work, long-distance commuting and transformations in homes and households. I am involved in transnational research for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Project on organisational resistance to LGBT rights. I have worked with government, NGOs and industry to undertake social and economic impact studies.
I have published 120+ peer-reviewed articles and co-edited four books on themes including household sustainability; rurality and sexuality; masculinity and place; and queer domesticities. I currently co-edit the peer-reviewed international journal Emotion, Space and Society, and serve on the editorial boards of Gender, Place and Culture, Social and Cultural Geography and ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.
Qualifications: BA (Hons 1) in Geography and History, UNSW; Master of Art (Photomedia), UNSW; PhD in Human Geography, Macquarie University.