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The program undertakes world-class research involving a large team of interdisciplinary, adventurous and engaged staff with high-level expertise in spatial economic analysis, urban performance indicators, demographic change, innovation studies, policy development and evaluation, community consultation, qualitative and quantitative research techniques, and in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 

Staff

Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray, URC
 

Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray (opens in a new window)
Director

Areas of Research Interest
Social and Cultural Geography; Gender, Sexuality and Space; Urban Studies; Rural Studies; Geographies of Home.


Michael Darcy
 

Associate Professor Michael Darcy (opens in a new window)

Associate Professor

Areas of Research Interest
Homelessness, housing and social policy, social housing management, public housing communities, participatory research, discourse analysis.


Phil ONeill
 

Professor Phillip O'Neill (opens in a new window)
Professorial Fellow

Areas of Research Interest
Economic geography; urban and regional development; infrastructure financing; food supply and processing.


Dr Scott Mckinnon, Urban Research Centre
 

Dr Scott McKinnon (opens in a new window)
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Areas of Research Interest
Geographies of sexuality; histories of sexuality; disasters research; memory studies; social marginality, vulnerability and resilience.


Denis Rouillard,Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Data Visualisation Specialist
 

Denis Rouillard (opens in a new window)
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Data Visualisation Specialist

Areas of Research Interest
Urban planning, the application of new technologies in representing spatial information, impacts of climate change, 3-dimensional data visualization, environmental science and the geographies of human/nature relations.


Awais Piracha URC
 

Dr Awais Piracha (opens in a new window)
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Areas of Research Interest
Liveability of Cities, Green Buildings, Sustainable Transport Planning, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Spatial Analysis in Urban Studies and Planning.


Dr Cameron Mcauliffe, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
 

Dr Cameron Mcauliffe (opens in a new window)
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Areas of Research Interest
Urban geography; public space; moral geographies; visual cultures; graffiti and street art; youth geographies; geographies of migration; transnationalism; diaspora studies; politics of identity; visual methodologies.


Dallas Rogers AHURI Postdoctoral Fellow
 

Dr Dallas Rogers (opens in a new window)
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Areas of Research Interest
Critical housing studies; urban poverty; citizenship, democracy and participation; Asian-Australian housing relations; global cities and global citizenship; discourse geographies.


Prof Kevin Dunn, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
 

Professor Kevin Dunn (opens in a new window)
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Areas of Research Interest
The geographies of racism, immigration and settlement, Islam in Australia, and local government and multiculturalism.


Dr Laura Schatz, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Sydney
 

Dr Laura Schatz (opens in a new window)
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Areas of Research Interest
Urban governance in shrinking cities; planning legislation reform; comparative planning and environmental regulation; and planning policy in resource (particularly mining) communities.


Dr Rae Dufty-Jones, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
 

Dr Rae Dufty-Jones (opens in a new window)
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Areas of Research Interest
Mobility (including: labour, housing, rural youth migration), neoliberalism (including: housing policy, governmentality, regional development, rural restructuring), housing (including: mobility, rural, policy, ethnic discrimination in the private rental market), rural (including: rural restructuring, ethnic communities in regional Australia, regional development policy).


Dr Zulfan Tadjoeddin, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Sydney
 

Dr Zulfan Tadjoeddin (opens in a new window)
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Areas of Research Interest
Political economy of conflict, peace and development; employment and human development in developing countries.


Dr Chyi Lin Lee, Urban Research Centre, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
 

Dr Chyi Lin Lee (opens in a new window)
School of Business

Areas of Research Interest
Housing economics, housing affordability, housing of immigrants and property investment and finance.


Associate Members

Dr Emma Power, Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies. University of Western Sydney
 

Dr Emma Power (opens in a new window)
School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Associate Member

Areas of Research Interest
Housing, home and home-making; pets and community; governance of companion animals in urban Australia; governance of companion animals in housing, eg in strata apartments and through tenancy policy; older Australian's experiences of housing and home.


Visiting Professors and Adjuncts

Martin Bass
 

Mr Martin Bass (opens in a new window)
Adjunct Fellow

Martin has had 20 years experience in community engagement and strategic planning in local and State government. In recent years he has worked extensively with councils in metropolitan, regional and rural-remote areas of Australia, providing guidance and assistance in strategic planning community engagement and organisational capacity-building.

Along with his work in the local government sector, Martin has worked with State government agencies such as the NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW, the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust and the NSW Botanic Gardens Trust.  His work with these agencies has involved the development of community engagement manuals for staff, management of community and intergovernmental engagement initiatives, staff training in community engagement, team building and large and small group facilitation.

In addition, Martin provides regular professional development training to staff in State government agencies, in areas including Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Service.

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Prof Chung-Tong Wu

Professor Chung-Tong Wu (opens in a new window)
Adjunct Fellow

Professor Wu is an urban planner with specialities in regional development strategies, urban dynamics and impacts of migration on urban development. His work includes collaborations in China, South Korea and other South-East Asian countries. He was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development and International). Previous appointments include Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment (opens in a new window) at the University of New South Wales (opens in a new window) and various academic appointments at QUT, (opens in a new window)University of Sydney, University of Hawaii (opens in a new window)and the University of Singapore.(opens in a new window) His current research is on shrinking cities, urban dynamics and urban revival strategies.


Dr Cristina Martinez-Fernandez  

Dr Cristina Martinez-Fernandez (opens in a new window)
Adjunct Fellow

Dr Martinez policy research focuses on shrinking cities and skills development for inclusive growth. She specializes in employment development from new sources of growth and innovation in the green economy (greening jobs and skills towards low-carbon activities and decarbonization), and from the emerging markets linked with demographic change (older workers, older customers, health services for the elderly).


Post Doc

Dr Alanna Kamp, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Alanna Kamp (opens in a new window)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Areas of Research Interest
Australian history, Historical geography, Human geography, Immigration and racism, Postcolonial feminist geography.


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