Director of XYX Lab + Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University, Monash University

Dr Nicole Kalms is the Director of the XYX Lab and an Associate Professor in the Department of Design at Monash University. Her research centres on contemporary urbanism and gender. Dr Kalms’ book Hypersexual City (Routledge 2017) examines sexualized representation in neoliberal cities. Other recent research include
‘Digital technology and the safety of women and girls in urban space' (2017) in the Routledge Critque Series, 'Hypersexual Occupations' (2015) in the edited book 'Occupation: Ruin, Repudiation and Revolution' and 'Hypersexual Transgressions' (2014) published in the Architectural Humanities Research Association's journal 'Architecture and Culture'. Dr Kalms also writes for a diverse non-academic audience, and is regularly invited to speak to the public about sexuality and urban space at major national and international cultural institutions. Kalms is the founding Director of MADA’s Gender + Place Laboratory and is committed to understanding the ways that gender contributes to shaping behaviour in Australian cities. In this role, Dr Kalms is leading the significant research project 'Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in the Spaces of Melbourne, Australia'.


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, Monash University
  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Monash University


  • 2016 
    Monash University, PhD [Architecture]
  • 2005 
    RMIT University, Master Landscape Architecture
  • 1998 
    RMIT University, Bachelor of Architecture