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Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University

Donna Houston is an urban and cultural geographer in the Discipline of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. Her research focuses on environmental justice in the Anthropocene; geographies of extinction, and urban planning in more-than-human cities. She is particularly interested in how cultural methodologies such as storytelling, visual methods and cultural memory can be used to address current social and environmental challenges.

A/Prof Houston is the Director of the Master of Planning, Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Environmental Humanities Research Group and a founding member of the Shadow Places Network, an international environmental humanities initiative funded by the Swedish government's Seedbox.

A/Prof Houston's teaching and research is focused on creating more caring and just multispecies cities and societies. Recent projects include an ARC Discovery Project [2015-2019] Enabling Innovation in Local Climate Adaptability. With A/Prof Andrew McGregor, she has formed a Multispecies Geographies research group that explores just climate transitions in urban and rural food systems and the development of critical frameworks for multispecies justice.


  • 2008–present
    Associate Professor, Macquarie University