Dr Miriam Williams

Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

In 2013 I graduated 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.

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

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


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Development Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Human Geography
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Geography

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Senior Research Assistant University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Membership - Geographical Society of NSW Geographical Society of NSW
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Membership - Institute of Australian Geographers Institute of Australian Geographers
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Instone LH, Instone L, Mee KJ, Palmer J, Vaughan N, Williams M, 'Climate change adaptation and the rental sector', Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation: Australian Experiences, Wiley, Oxford 372-379 (2015)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2015 Instone 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)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2014 Instone LH, Instone L, Mee KJ, Palmer J, Vaughan N, Williams M, 'Climate change and the rental sector', Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation: Australian Experiences, Wiley, Oxford 372-379 (2014)
Co-authors Lesley Instone

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Fisher K, Williams M, Fitzherbert S, Instone L, Duffy M, Wright S, et al., 'Writing difference differently', New Zealand Geographer, 71 18-33 (2015)

This paper investigates the writing of situated knowledge and explores the possibilities of enacting difference by writing differently. We present a selection of research stories ... [more]

This paper investigates the writing of situated knowledge and explores the possibilities of enacting difference by writing differently. We present a selection of research stories in which carrier bags, sounds, baskets, gardens and potatoes are interpreted less as objects of research or metaphors to aid in analysing phenomena, than as mediators of the stories. Our stories emphasise the ontological politics of engaging with and representing the relational, the messy, the spontaneous, the unpredictable, the non-human and bodily experiences. These stories demonstrate how writing is performative and how it is integral to the production of knowledge.

DOI 10.1111/nzg.12077
Co-authors Sarah Wright, Lesley Instone
2014 Palmer J, Instone L, Mee KJ, Williams M, Vaughan N, 'Green tenants: practicing a sustainability ethics for the rental housing sector', Local Environment, (2014)

The shift towards social, government and corporate ethics which value environmental sustainability has also embraced householders in a plethora of educational guides, policies, re... [more]

The shift towards social, government and corporate ethics which value environmental sustainability has also embraced householders in a plethora of educational guides, policies, regulations and consumer information about green home improvements, purchasing choices and household practices. In this paper, we make the claim that the rental housing sector, and in particular the private rental sector, has yet to participate, structurally, culturally and materially, in this shift to an ethics of sustainability. We argue, however, that even on such otherwise arid ground, an alternative ethic is developing, a sustainability ethic practiced by green tenants whose activities inside and outside their homes go beyond the considerable material constraints of their dwellings and incomes, and beyond the purely transactional utility of the rental contract. These activities, relational, interconnected and resilient, offer both glimpses of a greening rental housing sector, and a clearer picture of the areas where work remains to be done. Based on a research study, we conducted of the rental sector in regional Australia, and in particular of the everyday sustainability practices of tenants, we suggest that these activities are a practice-based form of care for the world, in many ways similar to Maria Puig de la Bellacasa's practice-based, human-decentred ethics which she suggests is exemplified in the permaculture movement. The stories of the tenants we interviewed for our study also point the way to other changes which are needed to enable a practice-based sustainability ethic to flourish across the rental housing sector as a whole. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

DOI 10.1080/13549839.2013.879640
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2014 Mee 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]
DOI 10.1111/1745-5871.12058
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2010 Schalscha MP, Williams MJ, 'Conference postgraduate workshop', New Zealand Geographer, 66 229-230 (2010) [C3]
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mee KJ, Instone L, Vaughan N, Williams M, Palmer J, 'Those everyday things ¿ that¿s where I feel like I have the most control at the moment¿: The Everyday Politics of Rental Housing Adaptation', Housing Theory Symposium 2015, Housing Adaptation and Resilience Program, Melbourne (2015)
Co-authors Lesley Instone

Report (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Williams M, Palmer J, Instone L, Mee K, Vaughan N, 'Sustainability and climate change in the rental sector: stories from the media', CURS, 15 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Palmer J, Instone L, Mee K, Williams M, 'Climate change and the rental sector: Mapping the legislative and policy context: NSW', CURS, 33 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Palmer J, Instone L, Mee K, Williams M, 'Climate change and the rental sector: Mapping the legislative and policy context: Local Government', CURS, 26 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Williams M, Palmer J, Instone L, mee K, Vaughan N, 'Asset Based Community Development and Pro-poor Asset-based Climate Change Adaptation: Integrating two approaches to a climate change adaptation project in the tenancy sector', CURS, 13 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Vaughan N, Williams M, Instone L, Mee K, Palmer J, 'Climate change and the rental sector: theorising the housing manager', CURS, 14 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Williams M, Palmer J, Instone L, Mee K, 'Researching everyday climate change adaptations: Principles, practice and outcomes', CURS, 11 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Palmer J, Instone L, Mee K, Williams M, Vaughan N, 'Climate change and the rental sector: Mapping the legislative and policy context: National', CURS, 34 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Palmer J, williams M, instone L, mee K, Vaughan N, 'Climate Change Outcomes in the Rental Sector:Strategies for more-than-adaptation', CURS (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Williams M, Palmer J, Instone L, Mee K, Vaughan N, 'Researching everyday climate change adaptations: Revealing assets, transforming relationships between tenants, housing managers and landlords, enhancing adaptive capacities', CURS (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Williams M, Vaughan N, Instone L, Mee K, Palmer J, 'Tenant resources on sustainable living and everyday climate change adaptations', CURS, 15 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Palmer J, Instone L, Mee K, Williams M, Vaughan N, 'Climate change and the rental sector: Mapping the legislative and policy context: Analysis', CURS, 25 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
2012 Vaughan N, Williams M, Instone L, Mee K, Palmer J, 'Climate change and the rental sector: sustainability and the housing manager'', CURS, 15 (2012)
Co-authors Lesley Instone
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Dr Miriam Williams

Position

Lecturer
Geography and Environmental Studies
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details

Email miriam.williams@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5095

Office

Room SR-294
Building Social Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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