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Adjunct Senior Researcher, University of South Australia

Emma has a Ph.D. in cultural geography.

She is the author of the book Filtered: Coffee, the Cafe and the 21st-century city (Routledge 2019). Its themes are urban development & growth, global cafe culture and new forms of urban sociability.

She is co-author & editor of the book Design and Ethics: reflections on practice. (Routledge 2012)

Emma has published many articles & book chapters on aspects of urban culture, creative cities, gender and the city.

She has given invited lectures and media interviews on the cafe's relationship to 21st-century urbanism.


  • 2022–present
    Adjunct researcher, University of South Australia
  • 2008–2022
    Senior lecturer, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2007 
    Griffith University, PhD


  • 2019
    Filtered: Coffee, the Cafe and the 21st century city, Routledge
  • 2018
    A city transforms: sensory disruptions in creative city planning, Senses and the City: Routledge
  • 2012
    Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice, Routledge