• ilan wiesel
    Associate Professor David Bissell, David is an ARC Future Fellow whose research draws on cultural geography and poststructuralist theories of mobilities to investigate contemporary social problems involving mobility, labour and technologies.
  • ilan wiesel
    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.
  • tim edensor
    Dr Tim Edensor, Tim has been working on national identity, place identity, and geographies of light and dark and is currently researching urban materiality by exploring the geographies of stone in Melbourne.

Honorary Staff

  • nicole cook
    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.
  • ruth fincher
    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.
  • kate shaw
    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.


  • Thea  Hewitt. Thea is interested in cultural diversity and multiculturalism in Australia. Her research explores the settlement services and resources available to refugee and migrant groups in Melbourne. Supervisors: Emeritus Professor Ruth Fincher, Dr Nicole Cook and Dr Ilan Wiesel.
  • Louise Dorignon. Louise's doctoral research explores the links between housing, everyday life and the subversion of architecture in high-density contexts. She is interested in the geographies of rhythms and their social implications in cities. Supervisors: Dr Ilan Wiesel and Professor Ruth Fincher.
  • Fanqi Liu. Fanqi is an urbanist whose research interests include people-place relationships, urban development, and urban inequality. Fanqi's doctoral research focuses on the emplacing of food and its connections with cities in Australia. Supervisors: Dr Ilan Wiesel, Prof Lesley Head.
  • 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 and Professor Ruth Fincher.