Associate Professor Jenny Cameron

Associate Professor

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Geography and Environmental Studies)

Career Summary


  • PhD, Monash University
  • Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Brisbane College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Biochemistry), Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Arts, University of Sydney


  • Economic geography
  • Human geography
  • Political geography
  • Urban and regional geography

Fields of Research

160499Human Geography not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences



2003Griffith University Award for Excellence in Teaching
Griffith University
2002Awards for Excellence for "Planning for Sustainability: A Transport Example"
Planning Institute of Australia (Queensland Division)

Research Award

2000Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Australian Research Council
1998Inaugural Mollie Holman Medal for the Most Outstanding PhD Thesis in the Arts Faculty, Monash Uni.
Monash University


Distinguished Visitor

YearTitle / Rationale
2014Distinguished Professor
Organisation: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2007Building Research Capacity in the Social Sciences Network (BRCSS)
Organisation: Auckland University, Massey University & Victoria University of Wellington Description:

Keynote Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2013Reframing the Economy, Reframing Ourselves: Ethical Interdependence in a Climate Changing World
Organisation: Wild Law Conference
2011A Tale of Two Icebergs
Organisation: Volunteering Queensland, Innovate Symposium Description: An invited presentation by a community-based organisation
2010Take Back the (Food) Economy: Lessons from the Hummingbird
Organisation: Inaugural Fair Share Festival, Newcastle Description: Invited keynote by a community-based organisation
2008The contribution of community enterprises to the development of regions
Organisation: Australian Regional Economy Conference Description: Keynote presentation to industry body
2007Teaching a politics of hope and possibility
Organisation: Social Sciences Teachers Conference, Auckland, New Zealand Description:


YearTitle / Rationale
2010Social Accounting for Community Organisations
Organisation: QUT and Westpac Foundation Workshop on Social Impact Description: Invited presentation by University and Industry Group
2007Invited presentation on Asset Based Community and Economic Development
Organisation: Qld Dept of Housing, Board of Management & Dept of Communities Description: Invited Professional Presentation (with Prof. J. Kretzmann & J. Geggi)
2005Building community economies: alternative economic development in marginalised areas
Organisation: Department of Geography, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh Description:
2005Building community economies: alternative economic development in marginalised areas
Organisation: Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA Description:


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Book (1 outputs)

2013Gibson-Graham JK, Cameron J, Healy S, Take Back the Economy: an Ethical Guide for Transforming our Communities, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 264 (2013) [A1]

Chapter (10 outputs)

2014Cameron JA, Hendriks S, 'Narratives of social enterprise: Insights from Australian social enterprise practitioners', Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, Tilde University Press, Prahan, Australia 342-360 (2014) [B1]
2014Cameron JA, Grant-Smith D, 'Putting people in planning: participatory democracy, inclusion and power', Australian Environmental Planning: Challenges and Future Prospects, Routledge, London 197-205 (2014) [B1]
2012Cameron JA, 'Take back the food economy: Lessons from the hummingbird', A Guidebook of Alternative Nows, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, Los Angeles, CA 89-96 (2012) [B2]
2010Cameron JA, 'Focusing on the focus group', Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, Oxford University Press, Ontario, Canada 152-171 (2010) [B2]
2009Cameron JA, 'Experimenting with economic possibilities: Ethical economic decision-making in two Australian community enterprises', The Social Economy: International Perspectives on Economic Solidarity, Zed Books, London, United Kingdom 92-115 (2009) [B1]
2007Cameron J, 'Linking Participatory Research to Action: Institutional Challenges', Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods: Connecting People, Participation and Place, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 206-215 (2007) [B1]
2005Cameron J, 'Focussing on the Focus Group', Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom 156-182 (2005) [B1]
2005Gibson K, Cameron J, 'Building Community Economies in Marginalised Areas', Community and Local Governance in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 172-191 (2005) [B1]
2000Cameron JA, 'Doing "Women's" Work: Domestic Labor Politics', Class and Its Others, U of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis 47-68 (2000)
1998Cameron JA, Gibson K, 'Land and Place', Australian feminism, Oxford University Press, Melbourne 173-177 (1998)
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Journal article (21 outputs)

2014Gibson-Graham JK, Cameron J, Healy S, 'Response to the Reviewers', SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, 48 1061-1062 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.1177/0038038514544489Author URL
2014Nairn K, Cameron J, Anakin M, Juntrasook A, Wass R, Sligo J, Morrison C, 'Negotiating the challenge of collaborative writing: learning from one writing group's mutiny', Higher Education Research and Development, (2014)

With continuing pressure to publish or perish, interventions such as writing groups are increasingly part of the academic landscape. In this paper, we discuss our writing group's experiment with collaborative writing, which came unstuck as simmering concerns led to a mutiny within the group. The mutiny provided insights into tensions that are inevitably present in writing groups and collaborative writing exercises but are seldom written about. We explore these tensions via a collaborative autoethnography, drawing on published literature on writing groups and collaborative writing. The mutiny revealed three key dynamics. Experienced voices can have an important role to play but these voices need to be moderated so that other voices might be recognised and valued. Pleasure and productivity are two necessary components for sustaining writing groups and writing collaborations. Finally, hierarchies in the academic context are inescapable but they can be renegotiated so that more enabling power relations can be generated.

2014Cameron J, Gibson K, Hill A, 'Cultivating hybrid collectives: research methods for enacting community food economies in Australia and the Philippines', Local Environment, 19 118-132 (2014) [C1]

Across the globe, groups are experimenting with initiatives to create alternatives to the dominant food system. What role might research play in helping to strengthen and multiply these initiatives? In this paper we discuss two research projects in Australia and the Philippines in which we have cultivated hybrid collectives of academic researchers, lay researchers and various non-human others with the intention of enacting community food economies. We feature three critical interactions in the "hybrid collective research method": gathering, which brings together those who share concerns about community food economies; reassembling, in which material gathered is deliberatively rebundled to amplify particular insights; and translating, by which reassembled ideas are taken up by other collectives so they may continue to "do work". We argue that in a climate-changing world, the hybrid collective research method fosters opportunities for a range of human and non-human participants to act in concert to build community food economies. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

CitationsScopus - 1
2014Wright SL, Cameron J, 'Researching diverse food initiatives: from backyard and community gardens to international markets', Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 19 1-9 (2014) [C2]
Co-authorsSarah Wright
2014Gibson-Graham JK, Cameron J, Healy S, 'Authors' response: J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy, Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities.', Social and Cultural Geography, (2014) [C3]
2014Cameron J, Hicks J, 'Performative Research for a Climate Politics of Hope: Rethinking Geographic Scale, "Impact" Scale, and Markets', Antipode, 46 53-71 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1111/anti.12035Author URL
2011Cameron JA, Manhood C, Pomfrett J, 'Bodily learning for a (climate) changing world: Registering differences through performative and collective research', Local Environment, 16 493-508 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 9
2010Cameron JA, 'Business as usual or economic innovation?: Work, markets and growth in community and social enterprises', Third Sector Review. Special Issue: Social Enterprise and Social Innovation, 16 93-108 (2010) [C1]
2009Cameron JA, Nairn K, Higgins J, 'Demystifying academic writing: Reflections on emotions, know-how and academic identity', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 33 269-284 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2007Gibson-Graham JK, Cameron J, 'Community Enterprises: Imagining and Enacting Alternatives to Capitalism', Social Alternatives, 26 20-25 (2007) [C1]
2005Cameron J, Gibson K, 'Participatory action research in a poststructuralist vein', GEOFORUM, 36 315-331 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.geoforum.2004.06.006Author URL
CitationsScopus - 87Web of Science - 61
2005Cameron J, Grant-Smith D, Johnson A, 'Formative Evaluation for Improving Collaborative Planning: A Case Study at the Regional Scale', Australian Planner, 42 22-29 (2005) [C1]
2005Cameron J, Grant-Smith D, 'Building Citizens: Participatory Planning Practice and a Transformative Politics of Difference', Urban Policy and Research, 23 25-40 (2005) [C1]
2005Cameron J, Gibson K, 'Alternative Pathways to Community and Economic Development: The Latrobe Valley Community Partnering Project', GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH, 43 274-285 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1745-5871.2005.00327.xAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 28Web of Science - 25
2004Cameron J, Johnson A, 'Evaluating for Development: Planning for Public Involvement in SEQ2021', Australian Planner, 41 49-55 (2004) [C1]
2004Cameron J, Odendaal N, Todes A, 'Integrated area development projects: Working towards innovation and sustainability', Urban Forum, 15 311-339 (2004) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 5
2003Cameron J, Gibson-Graham JK, 'Feminising the economy: Metaphors, strategies, politics', Gender, Place and Culture, 10 145-157 (2003) [C1]

Within contemporary feminism, common approaches to feminising the economy involve adding a sphere or sector or attributing a monetary value to women's unpaid labour. Each of these approaches is interested in creating an accurate representation of the real or 'whole' economy. But these representations are in the same lineage as mainstream economic conceptions; the economy remains a bounded entity that can be known by enumerating its parts. The 'adding on' and 'counting in' strategies employed by feminists complete the picture of what is needed to produce social well-being but do not necessarily help us think differently about how goods and services are or might be produced. In this article, the authors ask how feminist economic theory might contribute to envisioning or enacting alternative economies. They find answers to this question through reading feminist interventions for glimmers of a deconstructive project that opens 'the economy' to difference. Pursuing these glimmers, they attempt to insert the possibility of non-capitalist forms of economy, including economies of generosity, non-profit businesses, worker collectives and alternative capitalist enterprises impelled by a social or environmental ethic. In place of the view of the economy as a whole comprised of a pre-established number of parts or sectors, it can begin to be seen as a discursive construct that can be reconstructed to contribute to social transformation.

CitationsScopus - 41
2001Gibson K, Cameron J, 'Transforming communities: Towards a research agenda', Urban Policy and Research, 19 7-24 (2001)
2001Cameron JA, Community Economies Collective, 'Imagining and Enacting Non-Capitalist Futures', socialist review, 28 93-135 (2001)
1998Cameron J, 'The practice of politics: transforming subjectivities in the domestic domain and the public sphere', AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHER, 29 293-307 (1998)
DOI10.1080/00049189808703225Author URL
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 7
1996Cameron J, 'Throwing a Dishcloth into the Works: Troubling Theories of Domestic Labor', Rethinking Marxism, 9 24-44 (1996)
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Conference (10 outputs)

2012Cameron JA, Juntrasook A, Morrison C, Nairn K, Renner S, Sligo J, et al., 'Negotiating and sustaining academic writing groups', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2011Cameron JA, 'Negotiating interdependence and building community economies', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2011 Abstracts, Wollongong (2011) [E3]
2011Hill A, Cameron JA, Gibson K, Pomfrett J, ''App-tion' research and digital doing of making the world', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2011 Abstracts, Wollongong (2011) [E3]
2010Cameron JA, Manhood C, Pomfrett J, 'Growing the community of community gardens: Research contributions', Community Garden Conference: Promoting Sustainability, Health and Inclusion in the City. Proceedings, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E1]
2008Cameron JA, 'Building viable social enterprises', 2008 Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts Online Program, Boston, MA (2008) [E3]
2008Cameron JA, Gibson K, 'From problem-solving to performativity, expertise to experimentation: Researching poverty and marginalisation', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2008: Abstracts, Hobart, TAS (2008) [E3]
2008Cameron JA, 'Supporting the community enterprise sector in Australia: Lessons from grass roots enterprises', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2008: Abstracts, Hobart, TAS (2008) [E3]
2008Cahill A, Cameron JA, Gibson K, Hill A, Villalba M-A, 'Mobilising community assets for community economies: Strategies for building sustainable community projects', The Inaugural ABCD Asia Pacific Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Cameron JA, Gibson K, 'ABCD meets DEF: Using asset based community development to build economic diversity', The Inaugural ABCD Asia Pacific Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
2006Cameron J, Gibson K, 'Representing Marginalisation: Finding New Avenues for Economic and Social Intervention', Proceedings of the State of the Australian Cities Conference, Griffith University Southbank, Brisbane, Australia (2006) [E1]
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Other (3 outputs)

2006Cameron JA, 'Planning for Public Involvement: A Step-by-Step Guide', ( pp.1-64). Griffith University, Nathan, QLD: Urban Research Program (2006) [R1]
2003Cameron JA, 'It's in Our Hands: Shaping Community and Economic Futures (documentary)', . Griffith University, Nathan, QLD: School of Environmental Planning (2003) [R1]
2001Cameron JA, 'Shifting Focus: Pathways to Community and Economic Development. A Resource Kit,', ( pp.1-190). Traralgon & Clayton, VIC: Latrobe City Council & Monash University (2001) [R1]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants6
Total funding$53,194

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20131 grants / $14,560

Identifying the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in rural and remote Australia.$14,560

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamAssociate Professor Jenny Cameron, Doctor Paul Hodge
SchemeStrategic Small Grant
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
Type Of FundingInternal

20101 grants / $10,000

Strategic support to enhance collaborations and grants performances$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Pauline McGuirk, Associate Professor Jenny Cameron, Doctor Lesley Instone, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Meg Sherval, Doctor Sarah Wright
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
Type Of FundingInternal

20091 grants / $5,000

Community Enterproses in the Food Sector: Characteristics and Challenges$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Jenny Cameron
SchemeNew Staff Grant
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
Type Of FundingInternal

20083 grants / $23,634

Performing Windale(s): performance-based Community Cultural Development techniques enacting/enabling possible futures in public housing estates$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Watt, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Associate Professor Jenny Cameron
SchemeNear Miss Grant
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
Type Of FundingInternal

Urban and Regional Research$3,000

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding bodyNewcastle Innovation
Project TeamProfessor Pauline McGuirk, Associate Professor Jenny Cameron
SchemeAdministered Research
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
Type Of FundingInternal

Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 30/6/2008 - 2/7/2008$634

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Jenny Cameron
SchemeTravel Grant
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
Type Of FundingInternal

Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Resilience-Enabling Technologies: The Role of Strength-Based Participation in Developing Appropriate Technology.
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Emotional Orientalisms: A Postcolonial Study of Emotions in HIV and AIDS Development Work in PNG
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
2012Regulating the Unspeakable: A Policy Story of Boaters, Floaters, Voters and Matter out of Place
Studies In Human Society, Griffith University
2011Post-human Geographies of the Southern Ocean
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
2010A Just Transition to Sustainability in a Climate Change Hot Spot: The Hunter Valley, Australia
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
2010Trust, Power and Engagement: Participatory Water Planning on the Gold Coast, Australia
Studies In Human Society, Griffith University

Associate Professor Jenny Cameron


Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Geography and Environmental Studies

Contact Details
Phone(02) 4921 5095
Fax(02) 4921 5877


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Callaghan, NSW 2308