Dr Emma Power

Emma Power

Emma Power is a Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University. Emma is an urban cultural geographer whose research programme investigates the interconnection between housing governance and homemaking cultures through analysis of:

  • Politics of care and housing security
  • Ageing, home and housing security
  • Pets in the city

Emma commenced an ARC DECR Fellowship in 2016. Her project, 'Ageing, Home and Housing Security Among Single, Asset-poor Older Women' (opens in a new window) investigates how housing policy and governance, and ongoing housing mobility, inform how single older women who do not own a home create and maintain a sense of home and security. The project asks how older women can find housing security and a house that is a home.

Other research examines: companion animals and community making; and the governance of companion animals in urban Australia, including in strata apartments and through tenancy policy.

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PhD, 2009, Macquarie University

B Social Science (Hons Class I), 2003, Macquarie University

Grad Dip Education, 2002, Macquarie University

Current and Recent Research


Co-operative Housing Research
Funding: Common Equity NSW
Year: 2018

Ageing, Home and Housing Security Among Single, Asset-poor Older Women
Funding: Australian Research Council (DECRA Fellowship)
Year: 2015


Renting with Pets in Sydney, Australia
Partners: Mars Petcare (Petcare Information and Advisory Service)
Funding: Mars Petcare/ University of Western Sydney Partnership Grant
Year: 2013

Examining Innovations in Aged Care: Affordable Housing, Healthy Ageing
Funding: UnitingCare Ageing NSW.ACT
Year: 2012

Community, Homemaking and Human-Animal Relations: Living with Dogs in High Rise Apartments
Funding: UWS ECR Seed Grant
Year: 2011

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Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Power, ER (forthcoming/ in press), 'Restrictions on pet-ownership in multi-owned properties', in M Gabriel & E Altman, Multi-owned property: rights, responsibilities and restrictions, Palgrave Macmillan.

Power, E 2017, ‘For renters, making housing more affordable is just the start’, in J Walton (ed.), Conversation Yearbook 2017: 50 Standout Articles from Australia's Top Thinkers, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp. 167–169.

Power, E 2016, 'Households and neighbourhoods', in M Hawkins, K Huppatz & A Matthews (eds), Identity and belonging (opens in a new window), Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire.

Dowling, R & Power, ER 2013, 'Domesticities', in NC Johnson, RH Schein & J Winders (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell companion to cultural geography (opens in a new window), Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, pp. 290-303.

Power ER 2012, 'Nature in the home', in S Smith, M Elsinga, LF O'Mahony, OS Eng, S Wachter & R Dowling (eds), International encyclopedia of housing and home (opens in a new window), Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 6-11.

Dowling, R & Power, ER 2011, 'Beyond McMansions and green homes: thinking household sustainability through materialities of homeyness', in R Lane & A Gorman-Murray (eds), Material geographies of household sustainability (opens in a new window), Ashgate, London, pp. 75-89.

Journal Articles

Power, ER & Mee, KJ 2019, 'Housing: an infrastructure of care' (opens in a new window), Housing Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1612038.

Power, ER 2019, 'Assembling the capacity to care: caring‐with precarious housing' (opens in a new window), Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, doi.org/10.1111/tran.12306.

Mellick Lopes, A, Healy, S, Power, E, Crabtree, L & Gibson, K 2019, 'Infrastructures of care: opening up “home” as commons in a hot city' (opens in a new window), Human Ecology Review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp.41-59.

Power, ER & Bergan, TL 2018, ‘Care and resistance to neoliberal reform in social housing’ (opens in a new window), Housing, Theory and Society, DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2018.1515112.

Power E, 2017, 'Housing governance and senses of home in older age: the provider scale', Journal of Housing For the Elderly, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 193-212.

Power E, 2017, 'Housing, home ownership and the governance of ageing' (opens in a new window), Geographical Journal, vol. 183, no, 3, pp, 233-246.

Power, E 2017, 'Renting with pets: a pathway to housing insecurity?', Housing Studies, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 336-360.

Power E, 2015, 'Placing community self-governance: building materialities, nuisance noise and neighbouring in self-governing communities', Urban Studies, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 245-260.

Power ER, 2013, 'Dogs and practices of community and neighboring', Anthrozoos, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 579-91.

Power, ER 2012, 'Kill 'em dead! Everyday practices of pest control in the home', Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, no. 23, pp. 136-48.

Power ER 2012, 'Domestication and the dog: embodying home', Area, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 371-78.

Dowling, R & Power, ER 2012, 'Sizing home, doing family in Sydney, Australia', Housing Studies, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 605-19.

Dowling, R, Gorman-Murray, A, Power, ER & Luzia, K 2012, 'Critical reflections on doctoral research and supervision in human geography: the PhD by publication', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 293-305.

Power, ER 2009, 'Border-processes and homemaking: encounters with possums in suburban Australian homes', Cultural Geographies, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 29-54.

Power, ER 2009, 'Domestic temporalities: nature times in the house-as-home', Geoforum, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 1024-32.

Muller, S, Power, ER, Suchet-Pearson, S, Wright, S & Lloyd, K 2009, '"Quarantine matters!": Quotidian relationships around quarantine in Australia's northern borderlands', Environment and Planning A, no. 41, pp. 780-95.

Power, ER 2008, 'Furry families: making a human-dog family through home', Social and Cultural Geography, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 535-55.

Power, ER 2007, 'Pests and home-making: depictions of pests in homemaker magazines', Home Cultures, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 213-36.

Power, ER 2005, 'Human-nature relations in suburban gardens', Australian Geographer, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 39-53.


Crabtree, L, Grimstad, S, McNeill, J, Perry, N, Power, E 2019, Articulating value in cooperative housing International and methodological review (opens in a new window), Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia.

Other Publications

Power, E & Westman, M 2017, 'I won’t be alone at Christmas, I have a dog' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Rogers, D 2017, 'Speaking with: Emma Power and Jennifer Kent about why Australian cities and homes aren’t built for pets' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Power, E 2017, 'Three reasons the government promotes home ownership for older Australians' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Power, E 2017, 'Is this the budget that forgot renters?' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Power, E 2017, 'For renters, making housing more affordable is just the start' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Rogers, D & Power, E 2017, 'Explainer: the financialisation of housing and what can be done about it' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Troy, L, Rogers, D, Power, E, Pawson, H, Iveson, K, Crabtree, L, Darcy, M & Phibbs, P 2016, 'Sydney needs higher affordable housing targets' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Power, E 2016, 'As pet owners suffer rental insecurity, perhaps landlords should think again' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Power, E, Gerard, A, Paul, C, Fisher, H, Reimer, L, Crabtree, C & Smith-Ruig, T 2016, 'Reimagining NSW: four ways to boost community well-being and why it matters' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Power, ER 2016, 'With the rise of apartment living, what's a nation of pet owners to do?' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Power, ER 2016, 'Hidden housemates: when possums go bump in the night' (opens in a new window), The Conversation.

Power, ER 2009, 'The changing face of the garden in Australia', HortJournal, October, pp. 14-16.

Professional Membership

Institute of Australian Geographers

Geographical Society of NSW

Australian Geographer, Editorial Board

Geographical Names Board of NSW, Board Member

Geoview, Editorial Board


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