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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).

Members

Nicky Morrison

Professor Nicky Morrison MRTPI
Director of Urban and Regional Research Program
Prof of Planning School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Planning (theory and practice); Urban governance; Housing and sustainable communities; Participatory planning practices.


Prof Kevin Dunn

Professor Kevin Dunn
Pro Vice Chancellor Research, Provost - Penrith Campus
Director Challenging Racism Program

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


Andrew Gorman-Murray

Professor Andrew Gorman-Murray
Professor of Geography
School of Social Sciences

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


Associate Professor Robyn Bushell

Associate Professor Robyn Bushell
Associate Professor in Heritage and Tourism
School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Dr Bushell teaches, researches and supervises PhD students in tourism planning, community development, quality of life and the conservation of cultural and natural heritage. Her work focuses on the values underpinning quality of life, wellness and sustainable development.


Awais Piracha

Assoc Prof Awais Piracha
Lecturer in Geography, Tourism and Urban Studies
School of Social Sciences

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


Jenna Condie

Dr Jenna Condie
Lecturer in Digital Research & Online Social Analysis
School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Jenna is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Research and Online Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. With psychology as a base, she traverses a range of disciplines, residing in the Anthropology and Sociology workgroup and the Urban Research Program, while teaching cyberpsychology and digital research methods across the Psychology and Social Sciences disciplines. Jenna co-leads the Travel in the Digital Age (TinDA) project, which examines the intersections of travel/transport, technology and mobile lives.


Dr Sarah De Nardi

Dr Sarah De Nardi
Lecturer in Heritage and Tourism
School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Sarah explores the ways in which communities and individuals make themselves at home in the world through storytelling practices. I work with the ideas of memory and the senses, emotion and perception to enable bottom-up senses of place and senses of the past to come to the fore. To do so, I love conducting participatory, community-led mapping and visualisation practices that create and/or channel sense of place from the perspective of locals, stakeholders, activists and non professional scholars.


Dr Rae Dufty Jones
  School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Dr Rae Dufty-Jones
Senior Lecturer | Academic Leader - Geography and Urban Studies
School of Social Sciences

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 Alanna Kamp, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Alanna Kamp
Lecturer in Geography, Tourism and Urban Studies

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


Dr Cameron Mcauliffe, School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Dr Cameron McAuliffe
Academic Course Advisor: Urban Management & Planning
School of Social Sciences

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.


Dr Sebastian Pfautsch

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch
Senior Research Fellow (Environmental Sustainability)
School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Global change, Environment and Sustainability.


Dr Felicity Picken

Dr Felicity Picken
Lecturer in Heritage and Tourism
School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Geography, Tourism and Urban Planning


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

Dr Emma Power
Senior Lecture in Geography and Urban Studies
School of Social Sciences

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.


Dr Gerda Roelvink

Dr Gerda Roelvink
Senior Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies
School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Geography and Urban Studies


Dr Hayley Saul

Dr Hayley Saul
Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Tourism
School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Hayley Saul is the Director of the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (H.E.A.R.T). Her research explores the heritage and archaeology of the Himalayas and Inner Asia region, and the interface of these disciplines with development agendas. Hayley has led teams of archaeologists and surveyors on a series of expeditions to document archaeological remains in the Himalayas, particularly focused on recording prehistoric sites.


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

Dr Zulfan Tadjoeddin
Director of Academic Programs: Humanitarian & Development Studies
School of Social Sciences

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


Dr Ryan Van Den Nouwelant

Dr Ryan Van Den Nouwelant
Lecturer in Urban Management and Planning
School of Social Sciences

Areas of Research Interest
Urban Planning and Urban Studies


WSU Affiliated Adjuncts / Associate Members

Professor Donald McNeill

Professor Donald McNeill
Professor, ARC Future Fellow
Institute for Culture and Society

Areas of Research Interest
Professor of Urban and Cultural Geography. His work is located at the intersection of human geography, economic sociology, spatial planning, and urban design and architecture, with a particular interest in the political and cultural economy of globalisation and cities.


Phil ONeill

Professor Phillip O'Neill
Director, Centre for Western Sydney and Provost - Bankstown City Campus
Professor in Geography and Urban Studies

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


Dr Louise Crabtree

Dr Louise Crabtree
Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Culture and Society

Areas of Research Interest
Louise's research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in Australia; on the uptake of housing innovation in practice and policy; on complex adaptive systems theory in urban contexts; and, on the interfaces between sustainability, property rights, institutional design and democracy. Her work is underpinning the emergence of forms of permanently affordable and community-led housing in Australia, such as housing cooperatives and community land trusts, on which she is Australia's leading expert


Dr Stephen Healy

Dr Stephen Healy
Senior Research Fellow | Deputy Research Director
Institute for Culture and Society

Areas of Research Interest
His research has concentrated on the relationship between economy, subjectivity and the enactment of new econo-socialities exploring various topics: health care reform policy, cooperative and regional development, and the solidarity economy movement. In each instance his abiding concern has been to apply insights from Marxian and psychoanalytic theory to understand the desires, fantasies and anxieties that compose the restive human subject.


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

Dr Chyi Lin Lee
School of Business

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


Dallas Rogers AHURI Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Dallas Rogers
Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean Student Life
The University of Sydney

Areas of Research Interest
Previous lecturer at Western Sydney University, Dr Rogers is a human geographer and his work focuses on the cultures of housing and urban governance. He is an editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy and a convener of the Institute of Australian Geographers Urban Studies Group. He served as the Program Director of the Master of Urbanism and currently the Associate Dean of Student Life in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. Dr Rogers has contributed over 50 opinion pieces and podcasts on cities to outlets such as The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Conversation. He is the founder of City Road Podcast.


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

Dr Laura Schatz
Adjunct Fellow

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.


Visiting Professors and Adjuncts

Prof Chung-Tong Wu

Professor Chung-Tong Wu
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.


Michael Darcy

Associate Professor Michael Darcy
Adjunct Professor

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


Dr Cristina Martinez-Fernandez

Dr Cristina Martinez-Fernandez
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).


Martin Bass

Mr Martin Bass
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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Post Doc

Dr Scott Mckinnon, Urban Research Centre

Dr Scott McKinnon
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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


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