School of Geography
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.
Professor Uma Kothari
, Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies with research interests in colonial and postcolonial representations of development, solidarity and humanitarianism, transnational migration, refugees and travel and environmental change and everyday life.
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.
Dr Ariane Utomo
, Ariane is a demographer, working in the field of marriage and the family. Her core research and teaching outputs examine how the dynamics of social change relate to attitudes to gender roles, school to work transition, women's employment, marriage patterns, and the nature of inequalities and social stratification in Indonesia.
Dr Trent Brown
, Trent's current research focuses on India's new agricultural skill development initiatives, and their impacts on rural development and youth livelihoods.
Dr Celia McMichael
, Celia's research interests include international health and development (e.g. water/sanitation and infectious disease), human migration, and the health of refugees and displaced populations.
- 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.
- James Bond. The role of expert knowledge controversies in water governance and resource management. Supervisors: Dr Brian Cook and Professor Lee Godden.
- Isabel Cornes. Isabel's research explores perceptions of 'natural' hazard risks and (in)action in households, with an interest in how risk information moves in communities. Supervisors: Dr Brian Cook and Professor Lesley Head.
- 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.
- Nadia Degregori. Nadia's research explores water and mining governance issues in the Andean region within a critical political ecology framework. Supervisors: Dr Vanessa Lamb and Professor Anthony Bebbington.
- Andrew Deuchar. Andrew's research examines the experiences of young men that have migrated from rural to urban areas in north India in pursuit of education and work. While acknowledging the hardships that migration encompasses, my work gives emphasis to the profound social changes that youth are forging in this process. Supervisors: Dr Jane Dyson and Professor Craig Jeffrey.
- Nikolaus Gerold. Nikolaus' doctoral research examines the role of youth in social and political change in North India from the perspective of Cultural Anthropology and Social Geography. His interests lie in youth cultures, political temporalities, social atmospheres and aesthetics. Supervisors: Dr Jane Dyson and Professor Craig Jeffrey.
- Soe Soe Htway. Soe Soe's research examines the impacts of Foreign Direct Investment at the local level, and the broader implications for rural development of Myanmar. Supervisors: Dr Celia McMichael, Dr Vanessa Lamb, and Associate Professor Wolfram Dressler.
- 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.
- Chen Li. Chen's research examines housing demolition and relocation induced conflicts in urban China. Supervisors: Professor Mark Wang and Dr Jennifer Day.
- Melody Lynch. Melody is interested in the political ecology of Indonesia's blue economy; specifically, she is investigating the policy-making processes and socio-political outcomes of blue carbon initiatives in Banten Bay and the Derawan Islands. Supervisors: Associate Professor Wolfram Dressler and Dr Vanessa Lamb.
- 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: Associate Professor Wolfram Dressler and 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.
- Elena Tjandra. Elena is interested in the political ecologies of water and extraction. Her doctoral research will focus on how livelihoods are affected by water governance in areas affected by mining in Central America. Supervisors: Professor Anthony Bebbington and Dr Vanessa Lamb.
- 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.
- Pia Treichel. Pia's research is a critical examination of the reach and impact of international climate finance and whether it is benefitting the most vulnerable. Supervisors: Professor Jon Barnett and Dr Celia McMichael.
- 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 and Professor Jon Barnett.
- Gisselle Vila Benites. Fields: resource geographies, political ecology, human-environment. Current research: artisanal and small scale gold mining in the Amazon from a comparative perspective. Supervisors: Professor Anthony Bebbington and Dr Vanessa Lamb.
- 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.
- Tao Xue. Tao’s research examine the effects of China’s New Land Transfer policy on rural farmers. Supervisor: Professor Mark Wang.
- Wenjing Zhang. Wenjing is currently working on the relationship between water availability and urban development, with a focus on how to provide water resources for the new city of Xiong'an, located outside Beijing, and how it will use water resources for urban planning. Her research interests include sustainable land use and sustainable urban water management. Supervisors: Professor Mark Wang and Professor Emeritus Michael Webber.
- 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.