Doctor Cameron McAuliffe

Doctor Cameron McAuliffe

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography & Urban Studies,
Geography, Tourism & Planning


Cameron McAuliffe is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Urban Studies in the School of Social Sciences and part of the Geography and Urban Studies academic group. Prior to this position, Cameron was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Cultural Research (2007-2010). As an urban, social and cultural geographer Cameron is interested in how we might develop a more ethical urbanism that accounts for the plural and complex nature of contemporary urban living.

His research draws on interdisciplinary approaches to better understand and account for wicked problems in the twenty-first century city, with a focus on urban order and disorder and the different ways we value our cities. Cameron is an applied researcher, having worked with a number of local governments in Sydney to help them better understand the perils, pitfalls and possibilities of contemporary graffiti management. He is also interested in contested politics of the city, working with different stakeholders to understand how we might produce a more democratic city.

Cameron has been involved in a range of funded research projects, including research on community attitudes to graffiti and street art (with Blacktown City Council, Inner West Council and the City of Sydney); critical approaches to cities of play (with City of Parramatta); and, understanding the role of public space in the high density city (with Urban Growth NSW/Landcom).

He teaches into the Bachelor of Planning program and the Geography and Urban Studies major in the Bachelor of Social Science in the School of Social Sciences. Currently, Cameron teaches the first year unit, Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies (101589) and the third year unit Geographies of Migration (101694).

Cameron’s published research includes articles in the journals Planning Theory, Urban Studies, Global Networks and Journal of Urban Affairs, along with local government reports that have informed policy development. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Arts (Human Geography) and Engineering (Chemical) as well as a PhD in Human Geography, all from the University of Sydney.

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  • Phd University of Sydney


  • WSU Excellence in Teaching Award - winner (2020) 2020-12-15


  • Public Space and Disorder
  • Social and Cultural Geography
  • Transnationalism and Diaspora Studies
  • Urban Studies

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Geography, Tourism & Planning


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Phone: (02) 9685 9472
Mobile: 0438 326 442
Location: EI.G.17

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100877 Multicultural Studies, 2011
  • 101589 Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies, 2021
  • 101637 Urban Research Report, 2014
  • 101694 Geographies of Migration, 2021
  • 102170 People, Place and Social Difference, 2019


Chapters in Books

  • Parry, K., Richards, J. and McAuliffe, C. (2020), 'Real-time, real world learning : capitalising on mobile technology', Applied Pedagogies for Higher Education: Real World Learning and Innovation Across the Curriculum, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030469504.
  • McAuliffe, C. (2016), 'Young people and the spatial politics of graffiti writing', Identities and Subjectivities, Springer 9789812870223.
  • McAuliffe, C. (2015), 'Die iranische Diaspora in Frage stellen : Nation, Religion und die Umstande des Exils', Identitat und Exil: Die iranische Diaspora zwischen Gemeinschaft und Differenz, Heinrich Boll Foundation 9783869281469.
  • McAuliffe, C. (2013), ''Better city, better life'? : envisioning a sustainable Shanghai through the Expo', Shanghai Expo: An International Forum on the Future of Cities, Routledge 9780415524629.
  • Mcauliffe, C. (2008), 'Challenging The Problem between Two Nations: The Second Generation in the Iranian Diaspora', Ties to the Homeland: Second Generation Transnationalism, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781847185891.
  • Mcauliffe, C. (2007), 'Visible Minorities: Constructing and Deconstructing the Iranian Diaspora', Geographies of Muslim Identities: Representations of Diaspora, Ashgate 0754648888.

Journal Articles

  • Rogers, D. and McAuliffe, C. (2023), '[In Press] Housing's values : housing as an ethical urbanism', Environment and Planning F: Philosophy, Theory, Models, Methods and Practice, .
  • Iveson, K. and McAuliffe, C. (2023), 'Informality from above in the governance of graffiti and street art in Sydney', Urban Geography, vol 44, no 10 , pp 2228 - 2250.
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C. and Meade, T. (2020), 'Attachment to Australia, attachment to God, and quality of life outcomes among African Christian diasporas in New South Wales : a cross-sectional study', Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, vol 22, no 1 , pp 65 - 95.
  • McAuliffe, C. and Rogers, D. (2020), 'Value pluralism in urban planning', Planning Theory, vol 19, no 2 , pp 242 - 248.
  • McAuliffe, C. and Rogers, D. (2019), 'The politics of value in urban development : valuing conflict in agonistic pluralism', Planning Theory, vol 18, no 3 , pp 300 - 318.
  • McAuliffe, C. and Rogers, D. (2018), 'Tracing resident antagonisms in urban development : agonistic pluralism and participatory planning', Geographical Research, vol 56, no 2 , pp 219 - 229.
  • McAuliffe, C. (2013), 'Legal walls and professional paths : the mobilities of graffiti writers in Sydney', Urban Studies, vol 50, no 3 , pp 518 - 537.
  • McAuliffe, C. (2012), 'Graffiti or street art? : negotiating the moral geographies of the creative city', Journal of Urban Affairs, vol 34, no 2 , pp 189 - 206.
  • Mcauliffe, C. and Iveson, K. (2011), 'Art and Crime (and Other Things Besides ... ): Conceptualising Graffiti in the City', Geography Compass, vol 5, no 3 , pp 128 - 143.
  • Hopkins, L. and Mcauliffe, C. (2010), 'Split allegiances : cultural Muslims and the tension between religious and national identity in multicultural societies', Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, vol 10, no 1 , pp 38 - 58.
  • Mcauliffe, C. (2008), 'Transnationalism Within: internal diversity in the Iranian diaspora', Australian Geographer, vol 39, no 1 , pp 63 - 80.
  • Mcauliffe, C. (2007), 'A home far away? Religious identity and transnational relations in the Iranian diaspora', Global Networks - A journal of transnational affairs, vol 7, no 3 , pp 307 - 327.

Conference Papers

  • Mcauliffe, C. (2007), 'Popular Cultural Relativism: Religion, Racial Profiling and National Multiculturalisms', Proceedings of the Everyday Multiculturalism Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'Resident Involvement in Urban Development in Sydney: The New Politics of the City', Report
  • 2014, 'Reframing Graffiti and Street Art in the City of Sydney: Report of the Mural, Street Art and Graffiti Review Project', Report

Cameron is an urban, social and cultural geography and a member of the Urban and Regional Research Program, where his research engages with the regulation of difference and the way cities govern ‘marginal’ bodies. His research includes projects on the negotiation of national and religious identities among Iranian migrant communities; policy research on graffiti management; and, the geographies of kerbside waste. Cameron’s specific interests include: transnationalism and diaspora studies; multiculturalism and the politics of difference; legal graffiti and street art; urban creative economies and the creative city; representation and visual methodologies; public space and disorder; subcultural studies; more-than-human geographies; geographies of religion; and, moral geographies.

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Previous Projects

Title: Mural Register and Mural, Street Art and Graffiti Review [via USYD]
  • The Council of the City of Sydney
Western Researchers: Cameron Mcauliffe
Years: 2013-07-19 - 2013-09-30
ID: P00021686
Title: Agonistic community engagement in planning: Understanding community knowledge, community demand and structural constraints
  • University of Sydney (Philanthropic)
Western Researchers: Dallas Rogers, Laura Schatz, Awais Piracha and Cameron Mcauliffe
Years: 2015-05-21 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022822
Title: Developing Media Strategies for Western Sydney: a media survey of contemporary representations of Western Sydney (Stage 1)
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Cameron Mcauliffe
Years: 2008-09-24 - 2009-09-23
ID: P00016317
Title: Community attitudes to Graffiti & Street Art- Marrickville Council
  • Marrickville Council
Western Researchers: Cameron Mcauliffe and Neil Hall
Years: 2015-12-18 - 2017-08-14
ID: P00024452
Title: Community attitudes to Graffiti & Street Art- Blacktown Council
  • Blacktown City Council
Western Researchers: Cameron Mcauliffe and Neil Hall
Years: 2016-01-06 - 2023-12-31
ID: P00024460
Title: University Partnership: Safety and Crime Prevention in Parramatta LGA
  • City of Parramatta Council
Western Researchers: Cameron Mcauliffe, Andrew Gorman-Murray and Ana Rodas
Years: 2016-06-16 - 2020-08-28
ID: P00023177
Title: From Suburban to Urban: planning for the delivery of quality open space
  • UrbanGrowth NSW
Western Researchers: Awais Piracha, Cameron Mcauliffe and Alpana Roy
Years: 2017-07-19 - 2019-04-11
ID: P00024167
Title: Graffiti Management and Street Art Policy and Program Analysis
  • Marrickville Council
Western Researchers: Cameron Mcauliffe
Years: 2012-02-28 - 2012-05-15
ID: P00020865


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Place Spirituality and Mental Health: A Study of the African Diaspora in Australia.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Afghan Australian Identity
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Accumulating Resilience: An Investigation of the Migration and Resettlement Experiences of Young Sudanese People in the Western Sydney Area
Field of Research: Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Identity under Construction: The Construction and Reconstruction of the Assyrian Identity in the Age of Social Media
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Clash of Cultures: Happiness and Migration of the Iranian Diaspora in Australia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Could "The Cleveland Model" or the "Mondragon model" work within New South Wales? Exploring the possibilities of Distributist political-economies in New South Wales.
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society, N.e.c.
Thesis Title: Perceptions of Transnational Arranged Marriages among the Children of Bangladeshi Skilled Migrants in Sydney
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Attachment and quality of life in Australian religious African diasporas: a mixed methods study
Field of Research: Architecture And Urban Environment; Psychology; Other Society And Culture


Title: Antagonistic Cities
Description: City Road Podcast, #12, published 1st March, 2018 (23min)
Title: Black ANZAC (documentary)
Description: Interviewed for documentary, broadcast on SBS April 19th, 2019.
Title: Citizens and Urban Planning
Description: Podcast for The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, broadcast Sunday, 17th May, 2020 (29min)
Title: Community engagement, Participatory planning and the city
Description: Article with Dallas Rogers, published in Inner Sydney Voice, Issue 138, 31st October, 2018.
Title: Speaking with: Cameron McAuliffe on NIMBYs, urban planning, and making community consultation work
Description: The Conversation, April 5th, 2018, podcast (23min)
Title: Speaking with: Cameron McAuliffe on graffiti, art and crime
Description: The Conversation, March 25th, 2015, podcast (15min)
Title: Street Art: The Next Space Race?
Description: Future Tense, ABC Radio National, broadcast Sun 10th Feb, 2019,interview (29min)

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