Dr Andrea Connor

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Photo of Andrea ConnorAndrea Connor joined the Institute in July 2017 to work on the ARC Discovery project 'Volumetric Urbanism' lead by Professor Donald McNeill. Previously Andrea worked as a researcher and writer at the City of Sydney.

Andrea’s work is interdisciplinary ranging across the academic fields of human and cultural geographies, political theory, critical heritage studies, theories of affect, material culture studies and urban studies and aims to bring into conversation modes of inquiry that are often kept apart.

She completed her PhD studies at the University of Technology Sydney in 2013 and her thesis was published in 2017 as a research monograph in the Routledge Interventions Series: The political afterlife of sites of monumental destruction: reconstructing affect in Mostar and New York.

She has a strong interest in sustainable urban development, the materiality of affect, vertical geographies, the deployment of heritage in contested contexts and issues of density in cities.

Andrea is currently researching the ‘vertical turn’ in geography and how cities are dealing with density in highly constrained CBD spaces.


  • PhD, 2013, University of Technology Sydney
  • MA, 1995, University of Technology Sydney
  • BA (Honours First Class), 1992, Murdoch University

Awards and Recognition

  • 1992: Business and Professional Women’s Prize for the best Honours Thesis in the field of Feminist Theory and Inquiry
  • 2000: DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Award – International Women’s University
  • 2004: Australian Post Graduate Award

Selected Publications

Allatson, P & Connor, A 2018, 'From god-head to bin chook Ibis in the Australian cultural imagination', Artlink (opens in a new window), vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 66-71.

Connor, A 2017, The political afterlife of sites of monumental destruction: reconstructing affect in Mostar and New York (opens in a new window), Routledge, London.

2016 Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Sydney University. Paper: 'Ibis in the City – the Affective Geographies of Re-Wilding'.

Connor, A 2015, 'Heritage in an expanded field: reconstructing bridge-ness in Mostar', in W Logan, M Nic Craith & U Kockel (eds), A companion to heritage studies (opens in a new window), Wiley Blackwell, London.

Prior, J, Connor, A & Leaney, J 2014, 'Things coming together: learning experiences in a software studio' (opens in a new window), ITiCSE '14, Proceedings of the 2014 conference on innovation and technology in computer science education, ACM New York, pp. 129-134.

2014 Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Australian National University. Paper: 'Ecologies of Memory – Affect and Heritage'.

2014 Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Uppsala University, Sweden. (Second Author) Paper: 'Things Coming Together: Learning Experiences in a Software Studio'.

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