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Associate Professor, Geography and Urban Studies, Western Sydney University

An urban geographer, my research asks how cities can equitably support the capacity of people to meet their needs through studies of housing systems and governance, urban planning and cultures of home. I am motivated by an interest in what makes cities liveable and am driven by concerns about the implications of growing urban and housing inequality, the residualisation of social welfare systems and urban liveability in changing climates.

I live and work in Sydney’s western suburbs and Blue Mountains. These are places with lived experience of social difference, facing growing urban and economic development pressures, growing housing affordability challenges and the escalating impacts of climate change including urban heat and bushfire. Living here informs the work I do.

I am an urban cultural geographer in the Institute for Culture and Society and School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University.


  • 2016–present
    Senior Research Fellow, Western Sydney University
  • 2022–present
    Associate Professor, Western Sydney University
  • 2014–2015
    Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University
  • 2010–2014
    Lecturer, Western Sydney University
  • 2009–2009
    Lecturer, University of Newcastle


  • 2009 
    Macquarie University, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Ageing, home and housing security among single, asset-poor older women
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Geographical Society of New South Wales