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Career Summary


In 2013 I gradguae with my PhD titled: 'Cities of Possibility: Performing Care-full Urban Justice'. Inspired by a politics of possibility, my PhD thesis uncovered actually existing practices of care and justice in the everyday city. Using a participatory research methodology my research involved researcher volunteering and interviewing at three urban commons in Newtown and Enmore, Sydney, Australia. By drawing together work on urban commons, a feminist ethic of care and literature on the Just City I show how care and justice are interdependent in practice. From January 2012-March 2013 I worked part-time as a senior research assistant on an NCCARF funded project: 'Climate change adaptation in the rental sector'. This research project looks at the assets and barriers affecting climate change adaptation in the rental sector in Newcastle, NSW. While studying for my PhD I was the postgraduate representative on the Institute of Australian Geographers Council for 2 years (2008-2010). I was also the postgraduate representative on the Council of the Geographical Society of NSW (2009-2011). Throughout my PhD I have worked at the University of Newcastle as a casual academic on a number of courses including 'Cities and Regions', 'Social Development and the Environment', and 'Globalisation, Cities and Economies'. In Semester 2 2012 I lectured in Environmental Values and Ethics at the Ourimbah campus of the University of Newcastle. In Semester 1 2013 I lectured in Global Poverty and Development whilst working as a Senior Research Assistant for the Centre of Urban and Regional Studies.I am currently lecturing in Geography and Environmental studies at the University of Newcastle.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 15/07/2013
  • Bachelor of Development Studies, University of Newcastle, 11/12/2006
  • Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours), University of Newcastle, 10/12/2007


Research keywords

  • Human Geography
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Geography

Research expertise

  • Urban geography focusing on theories of urban justice, everyday cities, practice, urban commons and a feminist ethic of care.
  • Climate change adaptation and the rental sector, everyday practices of sustainability
  • Research methodologies: performativity and research politics, community organisations and participatory research methods


  • English

Fields of Research

160400Human Geography100


Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Member - Geographical Society of NSW


Teaching keywords

  • Human Geography
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Geography

Teaching expertise

Experience in teaching topics such as urban geography, environmental values and ethics and development studies.



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Chapter (1 outputs)

2015Instone Lesley, Mee Kathy, Palmer Jane, Williams MJ, Vaughan Nicola, 'Climate change adaptation in the rental sector', Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK 372-379 (2015)


Journal article (2 outputs)

2014Mee KJ, Instone L, Williams M, Palmer J, Vaughan N, 'Renting Over Troubled Waters: An Urban Political Ecology of Rental Housing', GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH, 52 365-376 (2014) [C1]
2014Palmer J, Instone L, Mee KJ, Williams M, Vaughan N, 'Green tenants: practicing a sustainability ethics for the rental housing sector', Local Environment, (2014)

Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Dr Miriam Williams

Work Phone(02) 4921 5095
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Research Assistant
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Social Sciences,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308