Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER)

AUSCCER - Chris Brennan Horley, profile, 2014 Chris Brennan-Horley

POSITION: Australian Research Council Fellow (DECRA)
OFFICE: B41.247
PHONE: +61 414 074 390
EMAIL: chrisbh@uow.edu.au
TWITTER: @cbhorley

 

Education

  • PhD, Human Geography; University of Wollongong, 2011 
  • BSc Hons, University of New South Wales, 2004
     

Research interests and expertise

  • Applications of geospatial technologies for cultural research
  • Creative industry geographies
  • Rural mobilities

I’m interested in the possibilities that spatial technologies such as GIS and GPS can provide to existing qualitative research methodologies. This approach has the ability to not only ground cultural research processes ‘in place’, but also aid in explaining research outputs to diverse audiences by way of map visualisations and animations. For example, qualitative mapping has helped to extend understandings of where creativity resides in the city.

You can learn more about my research interests and expertise by watching this video about a project I was involved in - Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia.

 

Current research projects

Experiments in space: Geospatial information technologies for cultural environmental research (2013-2016)
By harnessing the power of emerging digital mapping technologies, this research extends how we understand the relationship between humans and their environment. Specifically it will use maps to generate new knowledge across two important yet everyday problems: bushfire management and urban quality of life.

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Recent publications

For full publication and citation list see UOW Research Online>>

  • Gibson, C., Brennan-Horley, C., Warren, A., Laurenson, B. and Brown, H. (2012) ‘Cool places, creative places? Community perceptions of cultural vitality in the suburbs’ International Journal of Cultural Studies, doi: 10.1177/1367877911433750
  • Gibson, C., Brennan-Horley, C. and Warren, A. (2010) ‘Geographic information technologies for cultural research: cultural mapping and the prospects of colliding epistemologies’, Cultural Trends, 19, 4, 325–348
  • Brennan-Horley, C. (2010) ‘Multiple worksites, citywide networks: A topological approach to understanding creative work’, Australian Geographer 41: 1, 39 – 56
  • Brennan-Horley, C. (2010)‘Mental mapping the creative city’, The Journal of Maps. v2010, 250-259.  Special issue on cognitive mapping (lead article)
  • Brennan-Horley, C. Luckman, S., Gibson, C and Willoughby-Smith J (2010) ‘GIS, ethnography and cultural research: Putting maps back into ethnographic mapping’, The Information Society, 26, 2, 92-103 (lead article)
  • Brennan-Horley, C. and Gibson, C. (2009) ‘Where is creativity in the city? Integrating qualitative and GIS methods’, Environment and Planning A, 41, 11, 2595-2614
  • Brennan-Horley, C., Connell, J. & Gibson, C. (2007) ‘The Parkes Elvis Revival Festival: economic development and contested place identities in rural Australia’, Geographical Research, 45, 1, 71-84
  •  Gibson, C. & Brennan-Horley, C. (2006) ‘Goodbye pram city: Beyond inner/outer binaries in creative city discourse’, Urban Policy and Research, 24, 4, 455-471

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Research Grants

2013 - 2016: Experiments in space: Geospatial information technologies for cultural environmental research (ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award)
$297,010
Relational thinking has discredited the human/nature binary, but methodological advances lag behind conceptual leaps. This project experiments with new digital mapping technologies to close this gap. Philosophically, it furthers understanding of how humans experience and enjoy place, generating new cultural knowledge. Practically, it addresses two urgent cultural environmental research problems related to place amenity: what constitutes quality of life in Australian cities, and where are amenity and risk perceived in the landscape for residents in bushfire zones. Interactive maps for visualising human/nature interactions will challenge assumptions across diverse fields including cultural studies, geography, planning, and hazard management.

research presentations

  • Brennan-Horley, C. ‘The agency of bitumen: Road technologies as cultural infrastructure’ paper presented at Association of American Geographers conference, Los Angeles USA, 11 April 2013
  • Brennan-Horley, C. ‘This road unsealed for the next 10 years: Bitumen, mobility and cultural infrastructure in the Bega Valley’ paper presented at Institute of Australian Geographers conference, Macquarie University, Sydney July 2, 2012
  • Brennan-Horley, C. and Gibson, C. ‘Qualitative GIS in the cultural realm: Navigating vernacular understandings of place’ paper presented at Association of American Geographers conference, New York USA, February 26 2012
  • Brennan-Horley, C., Gibson, C. and Warren A. ‘Links and folds: Topology, creativity and cultural mapping’ paper presented at Association of American Geographers conference, Seattle USA, 5 April 2011
  • Brennan-Horley, C., Gibson, C., Warren, A. and Laurenson, B. ‘Cool places, creative places? Community perceptions of cultural vitality in the suburbs’ paper presented at Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of Wollongong, July 4 2011
  • Brennan-Horley, C. ‘Mapping and tracking creativity’ Creative suburbia symposium, Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries Research, QUT, Brisbane, 28 September 2010
  • Gibson, C. and Brennan-Horley, C. ‘Cool places, creative places? Community perceptions of cultural vitality in the suburbs’ Creative suburbia symposium, Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries Research, QUT, Brisbane, 27 September 2010
  • Brennan-Horley, C. ‘Revealing creativity in (sub)urban locales’ paper presented at Institute of Australian Geographers conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 7 July 2010
  • Gorman-Murray, A. and Brennan-Horley, C. ‘Gay ghettos and lesbian lands? Gender differences in the geography of same-sex couple family households in Australia’ paper presented at Institute of Australian Geographers conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 6 July 2010
  • Brennan-Horley, C. and Luckman, S. ‘Tools for charting cultural networks: GIS, ethnography and cultural research – a case study’, paper presented at Changing cultures: Cultures of change, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, 11 December 2009
  • Brennan-Horley, C. ‘Finding creativity in a small city: how qualitative mapping methods can reveal new geographies of creativity’, paper presented at the Association of American Geographers conference, Las Vegas, 3 May 2009
  • Brennan-Horley, C. and Gibson, C. ‘Using maps creatively to more critically understand the creative city’, paper presented at Royal Geographic Society and Institute of British Geographers Annual conference, London, 27-29 August 2008
  • Brennan-Horley, C. and Luckman, S. ‘Putting maps back into ethnographic mappings: GIS, ethnography and cultural research – A case study, paper presented at Creating Value: Between commerce and commons, QUT, Brisbane, 25-27 June 2008

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awards and honours

  • 2011 University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellors special commendation for an outstanding PhD thesis
  • 2007 Institute of Australian Geographers highly commended award for an honours presentation

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Last reviewed: 17 February, 2015

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