Emma has a PhD in urban sociology and works in the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.
She has published many articles and books on creative cities, urban development, gender and the city. She has given invited lectures on the cafe's relationship to 21st century urbanism.
She is the author of a book about urbanism, cafe culture and the coffee industry: Filtered: Coffee, the Cafe and the 21st century city (Routledge) https://www.routledge.com/Filtered-Coffee-the-Cafe-and-the-21st-Century-City/Felton/p/book/9781138367920
Emma is co-author & editor of the book Design and Ethics: reflections on practice. (Routledge 2012)