Development Geography examines patterns and situations of human well-being in developing societies, with a focus on an integrated understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality across time and space.
It is a theoretically informed and empirically rich form of social science, in which researchers have long-term connections and commitments to groups and institutions in the countries where they conduct their research. Members of the academic staff and research students in the School of Geography are engaged in major research projects and teaching about the cultural, demographic, economic, environmental and political processes that shape people’s lives in contrasting situations and circumstances of 'development', particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Professor Jon Barnett, Jon is a political geographer whose research investigates the impacts of and responses to environmental change on social systems in the Asia-Pacific region
- Professor Anthony Bebbington, Anthony (ARC Laureate Fellowship (2016-2022) focuses on the governance of resource conflicts surrounding the mineral industry and other forms of mining under conditions of climate change, with a focus on Latin America, Indonesia and Australia.
- Professor Mark Wang, Mark is a human geographer whose interests include urbanisation in East Asia, development and environmental issues in China.
- Associate Professor Simon Batterbury, Environment and development, political ecology of natural resources, sustainability and international development issues.
- Associate Professor Wolfram Dressler, Wolfram’s research examines human-environment relations within the framework of critical political ecology in conservation and development.
- Dr Lisa Palmer, Lisa is a human geographer who teaches and researches on socio-natures and environmental governance. Her research is focused on south-east Asia (particularly East Timor) and indigenous Australia.
- Dr Brian Cook, Brian’s research explores the topics of water, risk, and sustainable development. The research is situated at the science-society interface. He explores the hidden power embedded in the knowledge that informs governance, most often relating to water and flood management.
- Dr Rachel Hughes, Rachel is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Melbourne. Her research examines questions of memory, justice and geopolitics, with particular reference to post-1979 Cambodia
- Dr Adam Bumpus, Adam’s work focuses on the local development implications of flows of international environmental finance. He is particularly interested in how local development can be fostered through multi-scalar linkages and partnerships.
- Professor Emeritus Michael Webber, Michael is a Professorial Fellow whose research combines formal social theory and large scale, survey based empirical methods to identify how peoples working lives are affected by international and social processes.
- Dr Jane Dyson, Jane works in the Indian Himalayas examining gender, work, youth and social transformation from the perspective of social geography, cultural anthropology and development studies.
- Frankline Anum Ndi. Frankline's research examines the effects of oil palm plantations, and the politics of land tenure in the South West Region of Cameroon. Supervisors: Associate Professor Simon Batterbury and Dr Wolfram Dressler.
- Angeliki Balayannis. Angeliki is a cultural geographer interested in waste, ethics, and chemical geographies. Her doctoral research follows the toxic materialities of chemical stockpiles. Supervisors: Dr Rachel Hughes and Professor Jon Barnett.
- Alexander Cullen. Alex’s research takes a political ecology lens to problems of land rights, resource management and livelihood impacts experienced by East Timorese customary communities under new conservation regimes. Supervisors: Dr Simon Batterbury and Dr Lisa Palmer. Web: Alexander Cullen
- Xiao Han. Xiao’s research examines the consequences and the framing of China's engagement in African dam construction. Supervisors: Professor Michael Webber, Professor Mark Wang, Dr Brooke Wilmsen.
- Peter Kamstra. Pete's doctoral research explores the relationship between people's risk perceptions and their behaviour on high-risk rocky coasts. He is interested in people's spatial understanding of risk and how it influences their movement. Supervisors: Associate Professor David Kennedy and Dr Brian Cook.
- Bunlong Leng. Bunlong’s research examines the institutional challenges of mainstreaming climate and environmental risks into donor-funded road projects in Cambodia. Supervisor: Dr Simon Batterbury.
- Chen Li. Chen's research examins housing demolition and relocation induced conflicts in urban China. Supervisors: Prof Mark Wang, Dr Jennifer Day.
- Sophie Pascoe. Sophie's research explores how global environmental governance translates locally in Papua New Guinea and the frictions and inequalities that may emerge in the context of climate change. Supervisors: A/Prof Wolfram Dressler, Dr Monica Minnegal.
- Denisse Rodriguez. Under a political ecology approach, Denisse´s research examines water-related concerns over resource extraction in the Ecuadorian highlands. Supervisors: Associate Professor Simon Batterbury, Dr Erin Fitz-Henry and Dr Lisa Palmer.
- Chenchen Shi. Chenchen is interested water and environmental management. Her current research examines industrial water use behaviour in China. Supervisors: Emeritus Professor Michael Webber and Professor Mark Wang.
- Tessa Toumbourou. Tessa Toumbourou's research explores gender, livelihoods and land use change in rural East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Supervisors: Associate Professor Simon Batterbury and Dr Wolfram Dressler.
- Skye Turner-Walker. Skye Turner-Walker's research examines how climate change adaptation development programming interacts with local resource management practices in Indonesia. Supervisors: Dr Lisa Palmer, Prof Jon Barnett.
- Elissa Waters. Elissa’s research examines the role of the state in governance for climate change and disasters in Australia and the South Pacific. Supervisors: Professor Jon Barnett and Dr Karyn Bosomworth. Web: Elissa Waters.
- Tao Xue. Tao’s research examine the effects of China’s New Land Transfer policy on rural farmers. Supervisor: Professor Mark Wang.
- Nahui Zhen. Nahui’s research investigates public trust in the institutions managing drinking water quality in Shanghai, China. Supervisors: Professor Jon Barnett, Professor Michael Webber and Professor Mark Wang.