Dr Paul Hodge

Dr Paul Hodge

Lecturer

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

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Paul Hodge is a lecturer in geography and development studies in the Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Newcastle. He works is the field of critical development studies with a focus on governmentality and securitisation, indigenous and postcolonial geographies, geographies of the more-than-human and critical pedagogy. Paul's research is located in two core CURS areas: sustaining urban and regional communities and environments and critical development studies. His work embraces collaborative methodologies as a key element of appropriate research practice a commitment reflected in his links and relationships with community-based organisations in Australia and Oceania.         

Research Expertise

My research on governmentality and security has extended current theorising in the context of the Pacific region by introducing the governmentality-security nexus to help explain the governing of populations in the region and local efforts to subvert such incursions (Hodge, 2014; Hodge, 2012). I have introduced key theoretical insights, notably those of Foucault and Butler, into current debates about asylum seekers in their quest for social justice at a time of increased securitisation (Hodge, 2015). In collaboration with Annika Dean (UNSW) we are extending governmentality theorising into environmental geopolitics, specifically climate change and adaptation policy in Kiribati and Oceania.

My research on post-colonial geographies of development and intercultural research emerges out of two successful competitive Faculty grants (FSCIT Strategic Small Grant, 2013 and FSCIT Small Research Grant, 2015) and collaborative work with a former honours student (Lillian Tait). The first project builds on the strengths, capacities and aspirations of young people in Fiji (aged 18-30) to build an adaptive typology of context-specific, culturally appropriate development frameworks. The second ongoing research project (with colleague Associate Professor Jenny Cameron), in collaborationwith the Indigenous-led Centre for Appropriate Technology (headquartered in Alice Springs), focuses on strengths-based practices for working with and sustaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The third project challenges conventional ways of theorising development relationships drawing on the insights of development practitioners. This research redefines the current theoretical terrain on post-development thinking by engaging emotional geographies.

A third collaborative research focus (with colleague Associate Professor Sarah Wright) makes key contributions in critical pedagogy in development studies. This ongoing research explores experiential student learning when ‘on-Country’ with traditional custodians in the Northern Territory (Hodge et al 2011; Wright & Hodge, 2012; Hodge, Wright, Mozeley, 2014) and has recently developed a more local emphasis with collaborative discussions underway with Darkinjung traditional custodians of the central coast, NSW. We are also exploring digital technologies to develop students’ intercultural competency to foster international learning communities as part of an Office of Learning & Teaching (OLT) Seed Grant (under consideration) with the Geography Department at the University of the Philippines.

Teaching Philosophy
My teaching and learning philosophy is grounded in nurturing life-long learning. My courses enable and encourage students to develop a keen and critical sense of the world around them. I design courses that foster the importance of relationships and the creation of safe learning spaces that reassure all students of their capacity to actively participate in the class and broader community. By integrating ‘two-way learning’, where students are empowered to draw on their life experiences, the classroom is transformed into a place of constructive, active learning and critical engagement. Cultivating a collaborative pedagogy I provide opportunities for students to become aware of their strengths and capacities and use these to contribute to real solutions in a climate-changing world.

Research collaborations and Community outreach

I am convenor and co-founder of the newly formed (2014) Critical Development Study Group (CDSG) of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG). In collaboration with a number of national and international colleagues, the Study Group is forming key trans-Tasman alliances with networks including the Political Geography Research Group (Institute of British Geographers - IBG), Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet), the Development Studies Group of the New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) University Network. Our emerging research agenda involves identifying individual and collective strengths (including, crucially, post-graduate and early career colleagues) to develop strong international links and grant platforms. At the 2014 IAG Conference in Melbourne I chaired a CDSG panel on critical interventions in development studies. I am now assembling the papers as Special Issue Editor for publication in Geographical Research. Between 2011 and 2013 I worked effectively with a small editing team as Book Editor for Asia Pacific Viewpoint, an international journal based in Aotearoa/New Zealand and published by Wiley Asia.     


I have an active community engagement presence in environmental and social justice advocacy. I have been invited to be on Sustainability Q&A Panels (UoN Student Environment Club Environment Week, 2014; Vegan Week – Animal Liberation, 2014), co-founded and coordinated the African Australia Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation Inc (AAAPR) which identifies and builds on the strengths and capacities of newly arrived refugees and their families in Newcastle. I am an active member of Refugee Action Network Newcastle (RANN) participating in organisational processes, fundraisers and events. I am a social and political columnist for the Newcastle Leader Newspaper (Circulation 43 000). In 2011-2013 I was a volunteer Ethics Teacher and one of the original cohort of ethics teachers who rolled out the State-wide Primary Ethics curriculum for years 5 and 6 at Newcastle East Public School.

Administrative expertise

Ethics Policy Officer (SELS): I am currently Ethics Policy Officer for the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, an ongoing role I have had since 2012. As Ethics Policy Officer I coordinate and liaise with researchers throughout the peer review process matching appropriate reviewers within the school to ensure timely and efficient submission of ethics applications.

Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies Seminar Series Coordinator: Since 2012, I have undertaken the role of Discipline Seminar Series Coordinator. The Seminar Series runs in both semesters and showcases the research of 12 scholars throughout the year. The role involves tapping into exiting networks with international and domestic scholars and developing new cross-institutional relationships to ensure high quality presenters.

Bachelor of Development Studies Program Management Committee Member: I am currently the Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies representative to the Bachelor of Development Studies Program Management Committee. This role involves active participation in the management and development of the degree program reporting on curriculum delivery and discussion on student outcomes.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Critical development studies
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Governmentality and security
  • Political ecology and the more-than-human
  • Postcolonial geographies & intercultural research

Languages

  • English (Mother)

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

Awards

Award

Year Award
2015 Pro-Vice Chancellor’s teaching commendation letter (2010-2014), Faculty of Science & IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
2013 Academic Staff Excellence Award, for work innovative Work-integrated Learning initiatives GEOG3300, Faculty of Science and IT, UoN
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
2012 Special commendation for Student Group Work, Pudakal Seasonal Calendar, 2012 Work Integrated Learning Awards, UoN
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
2002 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Faculty of Science & IT, UoN
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
ENVS1004 Social Development and the Environment
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
Lecturer 14/07/2010 - 24/08/2015
ENVS1003 Environmental Values and Ethics
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
Lecturer 1/02/2010 - 24/08/2015
ENVS2008 The Sustainable Society
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
Lecturer 1/07/2010 - 24/08/2015
GEOG1030 Global Poverty and Development
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
Lecturer 1/03/2010 - 24/08/2015
GEOG3300 Rethinking Development
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
Lecturer 1/02/2010 - 24/08/2015
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Publications

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


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Suchet-Pearson S, Wright SL, Lloyd K, Burarrwanga L, Hodge P, 'Footprints across the Beach: Beyond Researcher-Centered Methodologies', A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Collaboration in Indigenous Research, Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, OR 21-40 (2013) [B1]
Co-authors Sarah Wright
2013 Hodge PB, 'A Progressive Authoritarianism? The case of post-2006 Fiji', Development Perspectives from the Antipodes, Routledge, London (2013) [B1]
DOI 10.1080/01436597.2012.681493

Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hodge P, 'A grievable life? The criminalisation and securing of asylum seeker bodies in the 'violent frames' of Australia's Operation Sovereign Borders', Geoforum, 58 122-131 (2015)

The life of those seeking asylum from persecution and other human rights abuses has become interminably precarious. As minority world governments deploy various apparatuses of sec... [more]

The life of those seeking asylum from persecution and other human rights abuses has become interminably precarious. As minority world governments deploy various apparatuses of security to govern the circulation of 'unruly' populations, the world's most vulnerable people have been reconstituted as security threats. In this paper I trace this 'transfer of illegitimacy' and criminalisation of asylum seeker bodies in the context of the Australian government's newly deployed Operation Sovereign Borders. Drawing on Foucault's governmentality as a domain of security and Butler's articulation of recognition, precariousness and grievability, I explore both the subjectivities formed as a function and technique of securing Australia's borders and the way this framing produces a certain governed reality that 'acts upon the senses' to delimit public discourse. I argue that the range of discursive and non-discursive practises that make up Operation Sovereign Borders has dire implications for those seeking asylum in Australia. Not only do these practises constitute a social crafting where conditions for a flourishing life are diminished, but this crafting of precarity is carried out in the name of securing citizens lives. The life of the asylum seekers is a life unrecognised in the violent frames of Operation Sovereign Borders.

DOI 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.11.006
2014 Hodge P, ''Governed freedom' in Oceania: AusAID, subjectivation and the practice of critique in studies of governmentality', Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 55 292-305 (2014) [C1]

Drawing predominantly on the work of Butler, Rose and Walters, this paper examines the governing rationalities and technologies that characterise one particular site of aid relati... [more]

Drawing predominantly on the work of Butler, Rose and Walters, this paper examines the governing rationalities and technologies that characterise one particular site of aid relations. Focusing on key policy documents, economic surveys and performance reports, the paper traces the fashioning of particular subjectivities as constitutive of AusAID's development objectives and the function of problematisation and responsibilisation as central to these practices of subjectivation. While I argue the freedom on offer as part of AusAID's development objectives is a highly governed one - where the 'free' economic-rational subject adopts certain 'civilised sensibilities' (Rose, 1999: 78), I show how this process of subjectivation encompasses both 'a power exerted on a subject' and 'a power assumed by the subject' (Butler, 1997: 11). What becomes apparent through this analysis is the productive and tenuous characteristics of these practices of subject formation. This paper also foregrounds the practice of critique itself, and the very act of research; concepts adopted and explanations made, as far from innocent in their performativity in enacting some worlds and not others.

DOI 10.1111/apv.12070
Citations Scopus - 2
2014 Hodge P, Wright S, Mozeley F, 'More-than-human theorising - Inclusive communities of practice in student practice-based learning', International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, 10 83-102 (2014) [C1]

How might deeply embodied student experiences and nonhuman agency change the way we think about learning theory? Pushing the conceptual boundaries of practice-based learning and c... [more]

How might deeply embodied student experiences and nonhuman agency change the way we think about learning theory? Pushing the conceptual boundaries of practice-based learning and communities of practice, this chapter draws on student experiential fieldwork 'on Country' with Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia, to explore the peculiar silence when it comes to more-than-human1 features of situated learning models. As students engage with, and learn from, Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies, they become open to the ways their learning is co-produced in and with place. The chapter builds a case for an inclusive conceptualisation of communities of practice, one that takes seriously the material performativity of nonhuman actors - rock art, animals, plants and emotions in the 'situatedness' of socio-cultural contexts. As a co-participant in the students' community of practice, the more-than-human forms part of the process of identity formation and actively helps students learn. To shed light on the student experiences we employ Leximancer, a software tool that provides visual representations of the qualitative data drawn from focus groups with students and field diaries. Copyright © 2014 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/S1479-3628(2014)0000010010
Co-authors Sarah Wright
2012 Lloyd K, Wright SL, Suchet-Pearson S, Burrarwanga L, Hodge PB, 'Weaving lives together : Collaborative fieldwork in North East Arnhem Land, Australia', Annales de Géographie, 687-688 513-524 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Sarah Wright
2012 Hodge PB, 'A progressive authoritarianism? The case of post-2006 Fiji', Third World Quarterly, 33 1147-1163 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2012 Wright SL, Hodge PB, 'To be transformed: Emotions in cross-cultural, field-based learning in Northern Australia', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36 355-368 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Sarah Wright
2011 Hodge PB, Wright SL, Barraket J, Scott M, Melville R, Richardson S, 'Revisiting 'how we learn' in academia: Practice-based learning exchanges in three Australian universities', Studies in Higher Education, 36 167-183 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03075070903501895
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Sarah Wright
2010 Hodge PB, 'Rickshaw art as counter narrative: Moving Pictures of Bangladesh', Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 51 319-320 (2010) [C3]
2006 Hodge PB, Lester JH, 'Indigenous research: Whose priority? Journeys and possibilities of cross-cultural research in geography', Geographical Research, 44 41-51 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2006.00370.x
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 18
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Barraket J, Melville R, Wright SL, Scott M, Richardson S, Carey G, et al., 'Engaging with learning: Understanding the impact of practice based learning exchange', Australian Learning and Teaching Council, 47 (2009) [R1]
Co-authors Sarah Wright
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $112,840

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20151 grants / $7,500

Modelling best practice: developing context-specific development frameworks from the priorities and aspirations of young people in Pacific Island Countries $7,500

Funding body: Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Research Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20141 grants / $1,780

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$1,780

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Doctor Paul Hodge
Scheme PVC Conference Assistance Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401288
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Associate Professor Jenny Cameron, Doctor Paul Hodge
Scheme Strategic Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1401061
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20123 grants / $89,000

Integrating Strengths and ABCD Approaches into the Work of the Centre for Appropriate Technology$80,000

Collaborative consultancy with Associate Professor Jenny Cameron, Dr Amanda Howard and Dr Graeme Stuart

Funding body: Centre for Appropriate Technology

Funding body Centre for Appropriate Technology
Project Team
Scheme Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Cross-cultural learning through Work Integrated Learning in the Northern Territory$7,000

Funding body: External Relations, UoN

Funding body External Relations, UoN
Project Team
Scheme Work-integrated Learning
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Scheme $2,000

Funding body: Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Faculty PVC Conference Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.75

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Crafting Counter-Topographies: Tracing the Contours of Resource-Led Development Across Development 'Worlds'
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2012 Making Peace With the Orange Roughy
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2012 A Failure of Compassion? Unpacking the Binaries Associated with Asylum Seeker Identity
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2011 Volunteer Tourism and Third Space/Borderlands
Human Geography, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 8
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Dr Paul Hodge

Position

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

Focus area

Geography and Environmental Studies

Contact Details

Email paul.hodge@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49215092
Fax (02) 49215877

Office

Room SRR112a
Building Social Science Building (Geography Wing)
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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