The Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) engages in research focused on the complex political, economic, social, cultural and environmental processes and relations that are transforming cities and regions.

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Refereed journal articles


McGuirk PM (2012) Geographies of urban politics: pathways, intersections, intentions, Geographical Research, 50 (3): 256-268.

McGuirk PM and O'Neill P (2012) Critical geographies with the state: the problem of social vulnerability and the politics of engaged research, Antipode, 44  (4): 1374-1394.

Sherval, M. & Askew, L.E. (2012) Experiencing drought and more: local responses from rural Victoria Australia, Population and Environment, 33 (4): 347-364.

Sherval, M. & Greenwood, A. (2012) Drought-proofing regional Australia and the rhetoric surrounding Tillegra Dam, NSW, Australian Geographer 43 (3):253-271.


Cameron J (with Manhood C and Pomfrett J) (2011) Bodily learning for a (climate) changing world: Registering differences through performative and collective research, Local Environment, 16(6) 493-508

Hodge P, Wright S, Barraket J, Scott M, Melville R and Richardson S (2011) Revisiting 'how we learn' in academia: practice-based learning exchanges in three Australian universities, Studies in Higher Education, 36(2), 167-183.

McGuirk PM (2011) Assembling geographical knowledge of changing worlds, Dialogues in Human Geography, 1 (In press)

McGuirk PM (2011) Policy research as critical praxis, Dialogues in Human Geography, 1, 233-237

McGuirk PM and Argent N (2011) Population growth and change: implications for Australia's cities and regions, Geographical Research, 49(3) 317-335

McGuirk PM Dowling R (2011) Rethinking urban politics: new directions in governing social reproduction and everyday life in the city, Urban Studies, 48, 2611-2628

Sherval M and Askew L (2011) Experiencing 'drought and more': local responses from rural Victoria, Australia, Population and Environment 149 (In press)

Wright S, Lloyd K, Suchet-Pearson S, Burarrwanga L and Tofa M (In press) Telling stories in, through and with country: Engaging with Indigenous and more-than-human methodologies at Bawaka, NE Australia, Special Issue 'Placing Indigenous Geographies: Implications for Geographical Thought and Practice' in Journal for Cultural Geography


Instone L (2010) Encountering native grasslands: matters of concern in an urban park, Australian Humanities Review 49, 91-117

Cameron J (2010) Business as usual or economic innovation?: Work, markets, Third Sector Review, Special Issue on Social Enterprise and Social Innovation, 16(2) 93-108

Dowling R, Atkinson R and McGuirk PM (2010) Privatism, privatisation and social distinction in master-planned residential estates, Urban Policy and Research, 28(4) 1476-7244

Gibson-Graham J.K. and Cameron J (2010) Community enterprises: Imagining and enacting alternatives to capitalism, Urban Planning International, Special Issue on Spatial Planning from the Perspective of Post-structuralism, 25(5) 40-43, Translated into Chinese. (originally published in 2007, in Social Alternatives, Special Issue on Counter Alternatives, 26(1) 20-25).

Hillman M and Instone L (2010) Legislating nature for biodiversity offsets in New South Wales, Australia, Social and Cultural Geography 11(5): 411-431.

Instone L (2010) Walking towards Woomera: touring the boundaries of 'unAustralian geographies', Cultural Geographies 17(3) 359-378

Lloyd K, Wright S, Suchet-Pearson S and Burarrwanga L (2010) Stories of crossing and connection from Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land, Social and Cultural Geography 11(7): 201-217

Mee K (2010) "Any place to raise children is a good place": Children, housing and neighbourhoods in inner Newcastle, Australia, Children's Geographies 8(2) 193-211

PauL CL, Mee KJ, Judd T, Walsh RA, Tang A, Penman A and Girgis A (2010) Anywhere, anytime: Retail access to tobacco in New South Wales and its potential impact on consumption and quitting, Social Science and Medicine, 71(4) 799-806

Tyndall A (2010) 'It's a public, I reckon': Publicness and a suburban shopping mall in Sydney's southwest, Geographical Research 48(2) 123-146

Wright S (2010) Cultivating beyond-capitalist economies, Economic Geography  86(3): 297–318


Askew L (2009) At home in state institutions: The caring practices and potentialities of human service workers, Geoforum, 40(4): 655-663

Atkinson R, Dowling R and McGuirk PM (2009) Home/Neighbourhood/City/+, Environment and Planning A, 41(12) 2816-22

Cameron J, Nairn K and Higgins J (2009) Demystifying academic writing: Reflections on emotions, know-how and identity, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 33(2) 269-284

Garlick S (2009) Ecoversity: Towards a sustainable future, Journal of the World Universities Forum, 2

Garlick S and Soar J (2009) Human capital, innovation and the productive ageing: The role of the HEI in stimulating growth in the 'lifestyle' region through learning in a senior population, The Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, Autumn

Instone L (2009) Northern belongings: frontiers, fences and identities in Australia's urban north, Environment and Planning A, 41(4) 827-841.

McGuirk PM and Dowling R (2009) Master-planned residential developments: Beyond iconic spaces of neoliberalism? Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 50(2) 120-134

McGuirk PM and Dowling R (2009) Neoliberal privatisation? Remapping the public and the private in Sydney's masterplanned residential estates, Political Geography, 28(3) 174-185

Mee KJ and Wright S (2009) Geographies of belonging. Why belonging? Why geography? Environment and Planning A, 41(4) 772-779

Mee KJ (2009) A space to care, a space of care: public housing, belonging and care in inner Newcastle, Australia. Environment and Planning A, 41(4) 842-858

Muller S, Power E, Suchet-Pearson S, Wright S and Lloyd K (2009) Quarantine Matters!: Quotidian relationships around quarantine in Australia's northern borderlands, Environment and Planning A, 41(4) 780-795

Sherval M (2009) Managing the Tee Change- Marketing, Management and Planning Implications, Australian Planner, 46(2) 47-52.

Sherval M (2009) Native Alaskan engagement with social constructions of rurality, Journal of Rural Studies, 25(4) 425-434

Sherval M (2009) Particle Dispersal and Community Concerns in the Upper Hunter: An Overview, Air Quality and Climate Change 43(4) 11-12.

Wright S, Suchet-Pearson S, Lloyd K, Burarrwanga D and Burarrwanga L (2009) That means the fish are fat: Sharing experiences of animals through Indigenous tourism, Current Issues in Tourism: Special Issue on animals in the tourism and leisure experience, 12(5-6) 505-527


Garlick S (2008) A relational ethic in university and community engagement: Sp-ethics, human capital and enterprising scholarship, International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 1 (2)

Garlick S (2008) Beyond the divide: University and community engagement, wildlife and relational ethics, The Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, Autumn  

Garlick S (2008) The challenge of benchmarking community engagement: The AUCEA pilot project, The Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, Autumn 

Garlick S (2008) Benchmarking university community engagement: Developing a national approach in Australia, Higher Education Management and Policy, 2 (2) 

Garlick S (2008) The role of universities in building local economic capacities, Journal of Politics and Policy, 36 (2)

McGuirk PM (2008) Building the capacity to govern the Australian metropolis, Built Environment, 34(3) 255-263
Wright S (2008) Locating a politics of knowledge: struggles over intellectual property in the Philippines, Australian Geographer, 39(4) 409-426

Wright S (2008) Globalizing governance: The case of intellectual property rights in the Philippines, Political Geography, 27(7) 721-739


Gibson-Graham J.K. and Cameron J (2007) Community enterprises: Imagining and enacting alternatives to capitalism, Social Alternatives, Special Issue on Counter Alternatives, 26(1) 20-25

Dowling R and Mee KJ (2007) Home and homemaking in contemporary Australia, Housing, Theory and Society 24(3) 161-165

Garlick S (2007) Connecting scholarship to places: human capital, learning, enterprising and an ethical approach to communities, Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, 2 (1)

Garlick S (2007) Human capital, innovation and the productive ageing: Fostering growth and senior aged health in the regional community through higher education learning engagement,  AUCEA e-journal The Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, 2 (1)

McGuirk PM and Dowling R (2007) Understanding master-planned estates in Australian cities: a framework for research, Urban Policy and Research, 25(1) 21-38

McGuirk PM (2007) The political construction of the city-region: notes from Sydney, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 31(1) 179-87

Mee KJ (2007) 'I ain't been to heaven yet? Living here, this is heaven to me': Public housing and the making of home in Inner Newcastle, Housing, Theory and Society 24(3) pp. 207-228

Roberts SM, Wright S and O'Neill P (2007) Good governance in the Pacific? Ambivalence and possibility, Geoforum, 38(5) 967-984

Wright S, Suchet-Pearson S and Lloyd K (2007) An interwoven learning exchange: Transforming research-teaching relationships in the top end, Northern Australia, Geographical Research, 45(2) 150-157