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.