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Director, XYX Lab, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University

Nicole Kalms is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design and founding director of the Monash University XYX Lab which leads national and international research in Gender and Place. In this role, Dr Kalms is leading two significant research projects "Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in Cites" and "Women and Girls Only: Understanding the Spaces of Sexual Harassment in Public Transport". These projects are in partnerships with state, national and international stakeholders.

Nicole has a PhD in Architecture from Monash University. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Architecture from RMIT and practiced architecture for several years before undertaking a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture (RMIT). Nicole is currently a full-time member of Monash University's Faculty Art, Design and Architecture where she is focused on cross-disciplinary teaching and research.

Dr Kalms’ recent contributions include the monograph "Hypersexual City: The Provocation of Soft-Core Urbanism" (Routledge 2017) examining sexualized representation and precincts in neoliberal cities. Other research includes 'Urban exposure: Feminist crowd-mapping and the new urban imaginary' in The Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries (2018) and ‘I’m Here’: Identity and Obscurity in Locative Safety Technology for Women in Neo-Liberal Cities' (2017) in the edited book series Critiques.

Her forthcoming monograph "She City: A Design Handbook for Challenging Women’s Inequity in Cities" (Bloomsbury) will draw on interdisciplinary research and case studies from gender scholars, design practitioners, and feminist activists to update the significant research on gender and the city. Dr Kalms regularly writes for a diverse non-academic audience and is frequently invited to speak to the public about sexuality and urban space at major national and international cultural institutions.


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, Monash University
  • 2017–2019
    Senior Lecturer, Monash University
  • 2010–2016
    Lecturer, Monash University
  • 2001–2008
    Teaching Associate, RMIT University


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