Research into the characteristics of particular urban environments and how people inhabit them, govern them, and transform them is the focus of urban geography
This branch of geography has a rich and lively theoretical tradition and a diverse set of debates, alongside wide-ranging empirical work conducted through field work in places. Most urban research in the School of Geography is presently conducted in the western city – in Australia, with some comparative research in North America and Europe – though a focus on urban life in cities in the Asia-Pacific region is emerging. Collaboration with colleagues in urban planning and other built environment disciplines is well-established in the School, with research students and members of the academic staff involved in this collaboration. A normative orientation, that is a concern with improving the conditions of cities for different social and political groups, and of understanding what injustice and justice means for them, is an important part of the research of this group, and its teaching.
- Professor Emeritus Ruth Fincher AM, Ruth is an urban geographer with interests in the production of social and spatial difference in the western city, and the ways that social planning attempts to influence this.
- Dr Ilan Wiesel, Ilan is an ARC DECRA Fellow, and an urban geographer with research interests in social inequalities in cities, housing affordability and disability.
- Dr Nicole Cook, Nicole is an urban geographer with research interests in urban restructuring, urban governance, power and participation, social movement and resident activism, housing and home.
- Dr Kate Shaw, Kate Shaw is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in Urban Geography and Planning. Her current research focuses on urban renewal in the 21st century.
- Talia Melic. Talia's research examines innovative housing programs within mixed-income residential settings in Paris and Melbourne, which aim to facilitate encounters that can shape relationships between people who are different. She is interested in exploring how practices, relationships and the built environment can interact to further social justice within cities.
Supervisors: Dr. Ilan Wiesel, Prof Ruth Fincher.