Doctor Emma Power

Doctor Emma Power

Senior Lecturer In Geography and Urban Studies,
Geography and Urban Studies

Biography

My research programme addresses urban living and the politics of care, asking how cities can better support life and the practice of care through studies of housing systems and governance, urban planning and cultures of home. I am motivated by an interest in what makes cities liveable and am driven by concerns about the implications of growing urban and housing inequity, the residualisation of social welfare systems in western liberal welfare states and urban liveability in changing climates.

I live and work in Sydney’s western suburbs and Blue Mountains. These are places with lived experience of social difference, facing growing urban and economic development pressures, growing housing affordability challenges and escalating urban heat. Living here informs the work I do.

I am an urban cultural geographer in the Institute for Culture and Society and School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University.

There are three strands in my current work:

Cities of care – develops new insights into how the urban fabric, markets and governance processes configure the capacity to care in cities. In this work I conceptualise housing as an infrastructure of care and am concerned with how housing systems impact the ability of people to meet basic care needs.

Cultures of home – develops knowledge of how housing and welfare governance impact on household activities including shaping housing security, household care practices including budgeting and ‘making ends meet’, and homemaking.

Companion animals and cities – a long running program of research investigates the important bond that people share with their companion animals. My work investigates how the relationship between people and their pets takes shape across a range of housing and urban contexts.

I am Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy and a co-founder of the Housing Journal Podcast.

I hold an Honours degree in Social Science, Graduate Diploma in Education and PhD in Human Geography. I served as Vice President of the Geographical Society of NSW (2012-2016) and Board Member at the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales (2012-2016).

This information has been contributed by Doctor Power.

Qualifications

  • PhD Macquarie University
  • BSocSci Macquarie University
  • GradDipEd Macquarie University

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Geography and Urban Studies

Contact

Email: E.Power@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
(02) 9685 9652
Mobile:
Location: EJd.G.54
Parramatta

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 101592 Housing Markets and Policy

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Power, E. (2018), 'Restrictions on pet ownership in multi-owned properties', Multi-owned Property in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137569875.
  • Power, E. (2017), 'For renters, making housing more affordable is just the start', Conversation Yearbook 2017: 50 Standout Articles from Australia's Top Thinkers, Melbourne University Press 9780522872668.
  • Power, E. (2016), 'Households and neighbourhoods', Identity and Belonging, Palgrave 9781137334923.
  • Dowling, R. and Power, E. (2013), 'Domesticities', The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography, Wiley-Blackwell 9780470655597.
  • Power, E. (2012), 'Nature in the home', International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Elsevier 9780080471631.
  • Dowling, R. and Power, E. (2011), 'Beyond McMansions and Green Homes: Thinking Household Sustainability Through Materialities of Homeyness', Material Geographies of Household Sustainability, Ashgate Publishing Limited 9781409408154.

Journal Articles

  • Power, E. and Mee, K. (2020), 'Housing : an infrastructure of care', Housing Studies, vol 35, no 3 , pp 484 - 505.
  • Power, E. and Williams, M. (2020), 'Cities of care : a platform for urban geographical care research', Geography Compass, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Bergan, T., Gorman-Murray, A. and Power, E. (2020), '[In Press] Coliving housing : home cultures of precarity for the new creative class', Social and Cultural Geography, .
  • Power, E. (2020), '[In Press] Mobility-based disadvantage in older age : insecure housing and the risks of moving house', Ageing and Society, .
  • Power, E. and Bergan, T. (2019), 'Care and resistance to neoliberal reform in social housing', Housing, Theory and Society, vol 36, no 4 , pp 426 - 447.
  • Power, E. (2019), 'Assembling the capacity to care : caring-with precarious housing', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol 44, no 4 , pp 763 - 777.
  • Power, E. and Gillon, C. (2019), '[In Press] How housing tenure drives household care strategies and practices', Social and Cultural Geography, .
  • Mellick Lopes, A., Healy, S., Power, E., Crabtree, L. and Gibson, K. (2018), 'Infrastructures of care : opening up "home" as commons in a hot city', Human Ecology Review, vol 24, no 2 , pp 41 - 59.
  • Power, E. (2017), 'Renting with pets : a pathway to housing insecurity?', Housing Studies, vol 32, no 3 , pp 336 - 360.
  • Power, E. (2017), 'Housing, home ownership and the governance of ageing', Geographical Journal, vol 183, no 3 , pp 233 - 246.
  • 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. (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, E. (2013), 'Dogs and practices of community and neighboring', Anthrozoos, vol 26, no 4 , pp 579 - 591.
  • Power, E. (2012), 'Domestication and the dog : embodying home', Area, vol 44, no 3 , pp 371 - 378.
  • Dowling, R. and Power, E. (2012), 'Sizing home, doing family in Sydney, Australia', Housing Studies, vol 27, no 5 , pp 605 - 619.
  • Dowling, R., Gorman-Murray, A., Power, E. and 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, E. (2012), 'Kill 'em dead! : the ordinary practices of pest control in the home', Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, vol 23 , pp 136 - 148.
  • Power, E. (2009), 'Border-processes and homemaking: encounters with possums in suburban Australian homes', Cultural Geographies, vol 16, no 1 , pp 29 - 54.
  • Power, E. (2009), 'Domestic temporalities: nature times in the house-as-home', Geoforum, vol 40, no 6 , pp 1024 - 1032.
  • Muller, S., Power, E., Suchet-Pearson, S., Wright, S. and Lloyd, K. (2009), 'Quarantine Matters!: Quotidian relationships around quarantine in Australia's northern borderlands', Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, vol 41, no 4 , pp 780 - 795.
  • Power, E. (2008), 'Furry families: making a human-dog family through home', Social and Cultural Geography, vol 9, no 5 , pp 535 - 555.
  • Power, E. (2007), 'Pests and home-making: Depictions of pests in homemaker magazines', Home Cultures, vol 4, no 3 , pp 213 - 236.
  • Power, E. (2005), 'Human-Nature Relations in Suburban Gardens', Australian Geographer, vol 36, no 1 , pp 39 - 53.

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Older Women in the Private Rental Sector: Unaffordable, Substandard and Insecure Housing', Report
  • 2019, 'Articulating Value in Cooperative Housing: International and Methodological Review', Report
  • 2019, 'Climate Risk? Climate Ready!', Published Work

There are three strands in my current work:

Cities of care – develops new insights into how the urban fabric, markets and governance processes configure the capacity to care in cities. In this work I conceptualise housing as an infrastructure of care and am concerned with how housing systems impact the ability of people to meet basic care needs.

Cultures of home – develops knowledge of how housing and welfare governance impact on household activities including shaping housing security, household care practices including budgeting and ‘making ends meet’, and homemaking.

Companion animals and cities – a long running program of research investigates the important bond that people share with their companion animals. My work investigates how the relationship between people and their pets takes shape across a range of housing and urban contexts.

My work considers the needs of:

  • Low income households
  • Older households
  • People living in the private rental sector, social housing (community and public housing) and with experience of homelessness
  • Income support recipients 
  • Pet owners

This information has been contributed by Doctor Power.

Previous Projects

Title: Renting with Pets in Sydney, Australia: a social and animal welfare challenge
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Petcare Information and Advisory Service Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Emma Power
Years: 2012-08-08 - 2013-08-31
ID: P00021004
Title: Sensing 'home' in Greater Western Sydney. A sensory ethnographic study of the relationship between migrants' material and imaginative home-making practices
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alison Barnes and Emma Power
Years: 2014-09-16 - 2015-03-02
ID: P00022344
Title: Collaborative Housing Innovations in Austrealian Cities: International Lessons
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Kevin Dunn, Deborah Stevenson, Emma Power and Rae Dufty-Jones
Years: 2010-05-28 - 2011-05-27
ID: P00018717
Title: Co-operative Housing Research: Literature Review & ARC Linkage
Funder:
  • Common Equity NSW
Western Researchers: Louise Crabtree, Emma Power and Neil Perry
Years: 2018-02-12 - 2019-09-30
ID: P00024763
Title: Ageing, home and housing security among single, asset-poor older women
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Emma Power
Years: 2015-02-01 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00022179
Title: Examining innovations in aged care: affordable housing, healthy ageing - Kentgrove Community Living Project
Funder:
  • UnitingCare NSW.ACT
Western Researchers: Emma Power
Years: 2011-03-01 - 2012-03-16
ID: P00020063
Title: Community, homemaking and human-animal relations: living with dogs in high rise apartments
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Emma Power and Donald Mcneill
Years: 2010-11-02 - 2011-11-01
ID: P00019297
Title: Housing and housing assistance pathways with companion animals: risks, costs, benefits and opportunities [via Swinburne]
Funder:
  • Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Emma Power
Years: 2019-04-01 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00025245

Supervision

Doctor Power is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: "It's Not a House it's a Home" How Home is Understood and Created Amongst Private Renters in New South Wales (NSW)
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: BAXTER AND ME - Dog and Human Intimacy
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Community housing tenant-initiated residential mobility pathways in Sydney, Australia and London, United Kingdom.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Climate Change Awareness and Adaptation by Local Planning in Punjab, Pakistan
Field of Research: Urban Design And Regional Planning
Thesis Title: Consuming Master-Planned Estates in Australia: Political, Social, Cultural and Economic Factors
Field of Research: Urban Design And Regional Planning; Society And Culture; Other Society And Culture; Management And Commerce Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: An Alternative Good Citizen: Exploring a New Perspective in Public Housing
Field of Research: Other Health; Studies In Human Society

Media

Title: Opinion and Commentary
Description: I am regular commentator on Australian housing and home cultures. My writing appears in The Conversation and Parity Magazine and has been syndicated nationally through ABC News, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, among others. I contribute to radio and print media across the country including ABC Radio National, ABC News Radio and ABC Local Radio across the country.

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