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Thomas Birtchnell

Senior lecturer, University of Wollongong

Dr Thomas Birtchnell is currently a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong. Before UOW he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lancaster University in the UK in a project titled Technologies and Travel funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) led by Professor John Urry. The research examined the past and future impacts of 3D printing on mobilities, travel and transport. He has published on a range of issues to do with mobilities in a global sense and 3D printing and grassroots innovation.


  • –present
    Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Media & Communication, University of Wollongong
  • 2015–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Wollongong


  • 2010 
    The University of Sydney, PhD


  • 2016
    The Adoption Process and Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Manufacturing Systems, DOI: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
  • 2016
    Vastu Compliance: The Gentrification of India’s Sacred Spaces and the Mobilities of Ideas, DOI: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • 2016
    Things, Tags, Topics: Thingiverse’s Object-Centred Network, DOI: Communication Research and Practice
  • 2016
    Mobilities and the Multinatural: A Test Case in India, DOI: Transfers
  • 2016
    A New Industrial Future? 3D Printing and the Reconfiguring of Production, Distribution, and Consumption, London: Routledge (Antinomies Series)
  • 2016
    The Missing Mobility: Friction and Freedom in the Movement and Digitization of Cargo, DOI: Applied Mobilities
  • 2016
    3D Printing and the Third Mission: The University in the Materialization of Intellectual Capital, DOI: Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • 2015
    Less Talk More Drone: Social Research with UAVs, DOI: Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • 2015
    The Mobilities and Post-Mobilities of Cargo, DOI: Consumption, Markets & Culture
  • 2015
    Cargomobilities: Moving Materials in a Global Age, London: Routledge (Changing Mobilities Series)
  • 2014
    3D Printing for Development in the Global South: The 3D4D Challenge, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2013
    3D, SF and the Future, DOI: Futures
  • 2013
    Indovation: Innovation and a Global Knowledge Economy in India, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific)
  • 2013
    Elite Mobilities, London: Routledge (Changing Mobilities Series)
  • 2013
    Fill the Ships and We Shall Fill the Shops: The Making of Geographies of Manufacturing, DOI: Area
  • 2013
    Pyramid or Iceberg? Problematizing the Fortune to be made from India’s Austerity, DOI: Marketing Theory
  • 2012
    Fabricating Futures and the Movement of Objects (with John Urry), DOI: Mobilities
  • 2011
    Stranded: An Eruption of Disruption (with Monika Büscher), DOI: /10.1080/17450101.2011.532648 Mobilities
  • 2011
    Jugaad as Systemic Risk and Disruptive Innovation in India, DOI: Contemporary South Asia
  • 2009
    From ‘Hindolence’ to ‘Spirinomics’: Discourse, Practice and the Myth of Indian Enterprise, DOI: South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Robotics, Enhanced Humans and the Future of Work DP160100979
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Sociology (1608)
  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Economic Geography (160401)
  • History Of Economic Thought (140101)
  • Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
  • Migrant Cultural Studies (200208)
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies (200209)