Space Place and Body

Academic Members:

Professor Margaret Somerville

Associate Professor Susanne Gannon

Associate Professor Tonia Gray

Professor Gay Hawkins (Institute for Culture and Society)


Research Focus:

This research cohort engages with emerging research methodologies in response to contemporary educational and social challenges such as that of the Anthropocene, alongside other global/local shifts. How can we live well in precarious times, participate in world-making towards a sustainable socio-ecological future?  In this way our work is focused at the fragile intersection of personal, social and planetary wellbeing.

Our researchers and PhD students explore a variety of post/qualitative methodologies, including posthumanism, new materialism, feminist post-structuralism, interspecies studies, autoethnography, and arts-based methodologies. Questions of Space, Place and Body animate our thinking.

We encourage and maintain extensive international networks and partnerships as essential to addressing contemporary challenges of being, learning and flourishing in and with the world. Graduate students and researchers participate in bi-annual one-week residential workshops, where our practices are enriched through presentations, discussions, doing/making together, and through the stimulus of invited visiting scholars.


Examples of PhD projects include:

Blogging Art and Sustenance: Artful Everyday Life (Making) with Water (Winner, AERA 2018 Division D Dissertation Award), Sarah Crinall.

On Country: The art of place-making in the contact zone on Wurundjeri Country today, Angela Foley

Disintegration and the Feminine in the Landscape, Sue Collins

Towards socio-ecological community at Lakshmi Ashram: explorations in post qualitative ethnography, Susan Germein.

Becoming death while vitally alive in our posthuman post-anthropocentric material everyday, Abby Buckley

Deep Mapping Eel Worlds, Exploring Situated Knowledges and Performative Practices, Jen Dollin.

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