Key research areas
- Transforming cities: city lives, city natures, city politics
- Sustaining urban and regional communities and environments
- Critical development studies
Transforming cities: city lives, city natures, city politics
Besides dominating the pattern of human settlement, cities are dynamic spaces which both mirror and mould social, cultural, political-economic and environmental processes. Research on this theme explores the transforming nature of urban spaces, places, politics and practices and the importance of the urban in contemporary transformations of governance, everyday residential life and human/non-human relations.
Sustaining urban and regional communities and environments
We live in uncertain times when communities are confronting an environmental future shaped by anthropogenic climate change, and when economic foundations are being shaken. CURS researchers are working on projects to better understand this current context and to shape future pathways.
- Environments and the Dancing Body
- Hazelwood Health Study: Community Wellbeing Stream
- Local attitudes to changing land use - the Narrabri Shire
- Reconfiguring the Enterprise: Shifting Manufacturing Culture in Australia
- Re-drawing the Economy: Creating Place-Based Images That Can Travel
- The Role of Festivals and Events in Creating Community Cohesion
- Taking Back the Economy
- Vegan Geographies
Critical development studies: decolonising research
A commitment to social justice and transformative politics both within Australia and internationally underpins this research area. CURS researchers work collaboratively with Indigenous people, social movements and non-governmental organisations and policy-makers locally and in the Asia-Pacific region, to address the spatial dimensions of human and environmental vulnerability and to help build spaces of possibility.
- Building Resilience in Agri-food Systems in Asia through Sustainable and Equitable Practices
- Nurturing the strengths and capacities of asylum seekers and refugees
- Strengths-based Practices for Working with Aboriginal Communities
- Weather cultures: Enhancing adaptive capacity to environmental change
- Yandaarra: Caring for Country in Urban and Rural Settings
- Yolŋu perspectives on and proposals for two-ways learning