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 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.
- Dr 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.