Associate Professor Kathy Mee is a cultural geographer who works in the Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Newcastle. She is an award winning teacher having won the University of Newcastle Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998, the Faculty of Science and IT Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008 and 2017 and the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning (Science) in 2017. In her work as Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Development Studies she has been involved with a project to Indigenise the curriculum which has been recognised as best practice in the university and the sector.
Kathy’s research explores 3 major themes (i) the changing nature of social vulnerability in urban and regional areas, (ii) housing for socially vulnerable groups, and (iii) the diverse workings and practices of urban regeneration. Her expertise is in the areas of housing studies, urban and regional transition, everyday practices, belonging, and stigmatisation. She has published over 40 papers, chapters and books and has achieved research income of more than 1.3 million dollars including ARC Discovery Project and ARC Linkage Project grants. Her scopus h-index is 7. In addition she has written over 50 reports for industry collaborators and produced Youtube clips and best practice guides to disseminate her research materials to a wider audience. She has supervised 5 PhD students to completion and is currently supervising 6 PhD students.
Kathy has been awarded two 3 ARC-Linkage Grants which have consolidated strong regional engagement links with the key state agencies in the Hunter and Central Coast regions. One ARC-Linkage Grant investigated strategies for more effective management of public housing in the Hunter Region. Another ARC Linkage Grant examined interagency working in the Hunter region. She has also been awarded as ARC Discovery Project grant to explore the assemblages of urban regeneration in Newcastle.