- PhD, Human Geography; University of New South Wales, 2008
- Bachelor of Environmental Science (Geography, Honours I); Bachelor of Arts (Politics, International Relations major, Comparative Development, major); University of New South Wales, 2002
- July 2008 to January 2010: Research Leader, Reducing race-based discrimination, University of Melbourne and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.
- January - June 2008: Associate Lecturer, Human Geography, University of Wollongong.
- October 2007 - June 2008: Research Assistant, Managing Cultural Diversity in the Construction Industry, University of New South Wales.
Research Interests and Expertise
- Immigration, inter-ethnic intimacy and racism
- Ethnic diversity and environmental sustainability
- Geographies of children and young people
- Alternative research methodologies, including participatory action research
My long-term research interest is immigration and cultural diversity. I am motivated by a desire to understand how Australians from migrant backgrounds encounter diverse spaces and their experiences of racism. I started my research career with a focus on media representations of asylum seekers, but have more recently turned my attention to representations of inter-ethnic (or mixed ethnicity) couples. This latter research focus has expanded into a qualitative investigation of inter-ethnic couples’ place-specific experiences of belonging and discrimination. In recent years, my research has also extended to consider the ways in which Australians from migrant backgrounds feature, and participate in, national debates on population, environmental sustainability and climate change.
My PhD research (UNSW, 2008) was focused on a quite different topic: child domestic work in Tanzania. While I am no longer explicitly engaged in research projects pertaining to children’s employment/labour, I have an enduring research interest in children’s and young people’s geographies. This is evident in a recent project exploring young Tanzanians’ use of plastic bag footballs, and in my supervision of student research projects on: ethnic diversity in children’s picture books; Generation Y and environmental sustainability; and children’s engagements with ‘nature’.
Current Research Projects
Transforming Lives and Regions Visible Parenting
This Global Challenges Project looks at Visible Parenting in the Workplace, the impact of workplace discrimination and strategies to address it. It follows on from recent research brought out by the Australian Human Rights Commission that 49% of mothers reported discrimination during pregnancy, parental leave or return to work. 27% of fathers and partners reported similar experiences.
It will explore how and when employees make their parenting responsibilities visible in the workplace, and the implications of doing so. Visible Parenting can include pregnancy, talking about children in the workplace, breastfeeding or expressing milk, taking or nominating carer’s leave for sick children, bringing children to work for visits or by necessity and negotiating workload balances and flexible work arrangements.
The study will look at the allied health sector, universities, the public service and engineering sector. It will include both male and female dominated industries and diverse professional cultures and expectations in Australia.
The aim of the program is to provide insights into when and how parents make visible parenting decisions. It will determine the institutional, social and economic drivers that support employees. Another goal of the program is to identify attributes of workplaces that foster or hinder visible parenting and provide a clearer picture of how parents can achieve an appropriate work-life balance.
Sustainability and climate change adaptation: unlocking the potential of ethnic diversity; Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2014-2016).
Australian environmental thinking, influenced by comparisons between Indigenous and Anglo-Australian perspectives, has yet to fully engage with the contribution of diverse migrant knowledges and practices. Yet in order to face the challenges of a climate changing world, it is important to draw on the most varied adaptive capacities and cultural resources possible. This project will apply geographic and historical methods to explore the environmental engagements of diverse migrant groups in urban, peri-urban and rural Australia.
Contesting the ‘urban myth’ of ethnic segregation: how households shape the geography of Australian cities; URC Small Grant, University of Wollongong (2013).
This study aims to map the settlement patterns of inter-ethnic couples across Australia, on the basis of 2011 Census data; and to undertake complementary qualitative research in locations found to foster and/or attract high rates of inter-ethnic partnering. The residential geographies of inter-ethnic couples have broader implications for understandings of ethnic segregation, cultural integration and social cohesion. The national level data-set and qualitative insights generated by this research will complicate taken-for-granted ways of understanding Australia’s ethnic diversity, by demonstrating how (and why) inter-ethnic couples challenge, reconfigure and blur spatial and social boundaries between ethnic groups.
Warm as toast: home heating and energy use in the Illawarra, Global Challenges Seed Funding, University of Wollongong (2014).
This project focuses on home heating energy use in higher income households and seeks to identify potential innovative behaviour change strategies.
Authored and Edited Books
- Ansell, N. and Klocker, N. (Eds) ‘Volume 8: Geographies of Global Issues, Change and Threat’, Skelton, T. (Ed) Geographies of Children and Young People, Springer Major Reference Works (forthcoming 2015).
- Waitt, G., Kerr, S-M. and Klocker, N. (in press) ‘Gender, ethnicity and sustainable mobility: A governmentality analysis of migrant Chinese women’s daily trips in Sydney’, Applied Mobilities (forthcoming 2016)
- Toole, S., Klocker, N. and Head, L. (2016) ‘Re-thinking climate change adaptation and capacities at the household scale’ Climatic Change 135(2), 203-209
- Klocker, N., Toole, S., Tindale, A. & Kerr, S. (2015). Ethnically Diverse Transport Behaviours: An Australian Perspective. Geographical Research, 53(4): 393-405
- Klocker, N. (2015). Place Stigma as Boundary-making from the Outside In: the case of Cronulla. Australian Geographer, 46 (4), 421-427.
- Klocker, N (2015) Participatory action research: The distress of (not) making a difference, Emotion, Space & Society 17, 37-44
- Stanes, E, Klocker, N and Gibson, C (2015) ‘Young adult households and domestic sustainabilities. Geoforum 65, 46-58.
- Klocker, N. (2014) ‘Ethnic diversity within Australian homes: has television caught up to social reality?’ Journal of Intercultural Studies, 35(1): 34-52.
- Tindale, A., Klocker, N. & Gibson, C. (2014). Inter-ethnic partnerships: remaking urban ethnic diversity. Urban Policy and Research, 32 (4), 393-415.
- Klocker, N. and Gibson, C. (2013) ‘Looking inwards: extended family living as an urban consolidation alternative’, Planning Theory & Practice, 14(4) 555-559.
- Klocker, N. (2014). Struggling with child domestic work: what can a postcolonial perspective offer? Children's Geographies, 12 (4), 464-478.
- Klocker, N. and Head, L. (2013) ‘Diversifying ethnicity in Australia’s population and environment debates’, Australian Geographer, 44(1): 41-62.
- Klocker, N. and Stanes, E. (2013) ‘‘Reel love’ across ethnic boundaries? The extent and significance of inter-ethnic intimacy in Australian cinema’ Ethnic & Racial Studies, 36(12) 2035-2054.
- Klocker, N., Gibson, C. and Borger, E. (2012) ‘Living together, but apart: Material geographies of everyday sustainability in extended family households’, Environment and Planning A, 44 (9), 2240-2259
- Klocker, N. (2012) ‘Conducting sensitive research in the present and past tense: recounting the stories of current and former child domestic workers’, Geoforum, 43(5): 894-904
- Klocker, N. (2012) ‘Doing participatory action research and doing a PhD: words of encouragement for prospective students’ Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36(1): 149-163
- Klocker, N. (2011) ‘Negotiating change: working with children and their employers to transform child domestic work in Iringa, Tanzania’, Children’s Geographies 9(2): 205-220
- Dunn, K.M., Klocker, N. and Salabay, T. (2007) ‘Contemporary Racism and Islamophobia in Australia: Racialising Religion’, Ethnicities 7(4): 564-589.
- Gibson, C. and Klocker, N. (2005) ‘The ‘cultural turn’ in Australian regional economic development discourse: neoliberalising creativity’, Geographical Research, 43(1): 93-102.
- Klocker, N. (2004) ‘Community antagonism towards asylum seekers in Port Augusta, South Australia’ Australian Geographical Studies (now Geographical Research), 42(1): 1-17.
- Gibson, C. and Klocker, N. (2004) ‘Academic publishing as a ‘creative’ industry, and recent discourses of ‘creative economies’: some critical reflections’ Area, 36(4): 423-434.
- Klocker, N. and Dunn, K.M. (2003) ‘Who’s Driving the Asylum Debate: Newspaper and Government Representations of Asylum Seekers’, Media International Australia, 109: 71-93
Book and Book Chapters
- Ansell, N. and Klocker, N. (Eds) Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat, Vol. 8 of Skelton, T. (ed) Geographies of Children and Young People, Springer, Singapore (forthcoming 2016).
- Klocker, N. and Ansell, N. (in press) ‘Geographies of global issues: change and threat in young people’s lives’ in Ansell, N. and Klocker, N. (Eds) Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat, Vol. 8 of Skelton, T. (ed) Geographies of Children and Young People, Springer, Singapore (forthcoming 2016).
- Stanes, E. and Klocker, N. (in press) ‘Environmental Heroes and Pleasure-seeking Consumers: Conflicting Narratives of Youth and Young People’, in Ansell, N. and Klocker, N. (Eds) Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat, Vol. 8 of Skelton, T. (ed) Geographies of Children and Young People, Springer, Singapore (forthcoming 2016).
- Klocker, N. (2007) ‘An example of ‘thin’ agency: Child domestic workers in Tanzania’, in E. Robson, R. Panelli and S. Punch (Eds) Young Rural Lives, Taylor & Francis, New York, pp. 83-84.
- Robson, E. Bell, S. and Klocker, N. (2007) ‘Conceptualising agency in the lives and actions of rural young people’, in E. Robson, R. Panelli and S. Punch (Eds) Young Rural Lives, Taylor & Francis, New York, pp. 135-148.
Other Academic Publications
- Klocker, N. and Drozdzewski, D. (2012) ‘Commentary: Career progress relative to opportunity: how many papers is a baby ‘worth’?’ Environment and Planning A, 44: 1271-1277.
- Klocker, N. and Drozdzewski, D. (2012) ‘Survival and subversion in the neoliberal university’, invited contribution to symposium, Antipode Online.
Non Academic Publications
- Head, L., Mayhew, K., Gibson, C., Waitt, G., Gill, N., Farbotko, C., Klocker, N., Stanes, E. (2013) The Connected Household: Understanding the role of Australian households in sustainability and climate change, Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong.
- Gibson, C. and Klocker, N. (2012) ‘Does the shape of countries shape their destiny?’ The Conversation, July 2012 (http://theconversation.edu.au/does-the-shape-of-countries-shape-their-destiny-7732)
- Klocker, N., Trenerry, B. and Webster, K. (2011) ‘Does religious faith make people happier?’, The Conversation, December 2011 (http://theconversation.edu.au/does-religious-faith-make-people-healthier-and-happier-1491)
- Klocker, N. & Trenerry, B., Webster, K. (2011) How does freedom of religion and belief affect health and wellbeing? Report prepared for VicHealth and the Australian Human Rights Commission (https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/search/freedom-of-religion-and-belief)
- Paradies Y., Chandrakumar L., Klocker N., Frere M., Webster K., Berman G., McLean, P. (2009) Building on our strengths: A framework to reduce race-based discrimination and support diversity in Victoria. Melbourne, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/search/building-on-our-strengths)
- Klocker, N. (2008) ‘How does freedom of religion and belief affect health and wellbeing?’ Discussion Paper prepared for VicHealth and the Australian Human Rights Commission (http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/en/Programs-and-Projects/Freedom-from-discrimination/Freedom-of-religion.aspx [via web.archive.org])
- Klocker, N. & Webster, K. (2008) ‘Ethnic and race-based discrimination as a determinant of mental health and wellbeing’ VicHealth Research Summary. (https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/search/ethnic-and-race-based-discrimination-as-a-determinant-of-mental-health-and-wellbeing)
2014 - 2016: Sustainability and climate change adaptation: unlocking the potential of ethnic diversity (ARC Discovery)
Lesley Head, Natascha Klocker, Gordon Waitt, Heather Goodall
2014: Warm as toast: home heating and energy use in the Illawarra (Global Challenges seed funding, University of Wollongong)
Kate Roggeveen, Lesley Head, Natascha Klocker, Gordon Waitt, Paul Cooper, Matthew Pepper, Alan Pomering, Corinne Cortese, Eliza deVet, Katrina Skellern
2013: Contesting the 'urban myth' of ethnic segregation: how households shape the geography of Australian cities (URC Small Grant, University of Wollongong)
2011: Climate change and cultural diversity: how the attitudes and behaviours of ethnically diverse Australians influence household sustainability (URC Small Grant, University of Wollongong)
2010 - 2013: Understanding and addressing racism against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through the LEAD Program (CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health)
Paradies, Y., Kelaher, M., Klocker, N., Webster, K., Priest, N. and Kowal, E.,
2009 - 2013: Evaluation of Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) Program (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Beyond Blue)
Kelaher, M., Paradies, Y., Ferdinand, A., and Klocker, N.,
2008 - 2010: VicHealth Research Leader: preventing race-based discrimination and promoting diversity (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation)
EESC205/212/916: Population Geography: a global perspective on people and place (subject coordinator and lecturer)
EESC104: Human Geography: sustainability, cities and cultures (lecturer)
My teaching practice is shaped by a commitment to participatory and experiential adult learning. I aim to encourage critical thinking, dialogue and engagement around contentious and complex social issues: immigration, cultural diversity, asylum seeking and racism. My teaching also seeks to support undergraduate (second year) students to develop research competence and literacy via an independent research project.
Research Student Supervision
I am interested in supervising research students who are keen to work at the:
- intersection of ethnicity
- environmental knowledge
- Alexander Tindale (Klocker, Brennan-Horley & Gibson); Contesting the urban myth of ethnic residential segregation (commenced 2013).
- Stephanie Toole (Klocker & Head); Cultural diversity and climate change adaptation in Australian households (commenced 2012).
- Elyse Stanes (Gibson & Klocker); Making space: young people’s routines of consumption and implications for the cultural economy of sustainability (commenced 2011).
- Kiera Kent (Gibbs & Klocker); Cultural diversity in formal and informal children’s environments (commenced 2014).
- Sophie-May Kerr (Klocker & Gibson); Sharing as a Sustainable Practice' (commenced 2015).
- Sophie-May Kerr (Honours 2014) Exploring cultures of transport use in Chinese-Australian households
- Lorelle Metusela (Honours); Ethnic diversity and children’s picture books
- Alexander Tindale (Honours 2012); Geographies of inter-ethnic intimacy in NSW
- Stephanie Toole (Honours 2011); Transport choices to and from schools in the Sutherland Shire
- Catherine Owen (Honours 2010); Is there a place for teenage drinkers? Parents attitudes towards alcohol consumption in Wollongong, New South Wales
- Erin Borger (Honours 2010); Dynamics of Extended Family Households: A Cultural Economy of Sustainability
- Klocker, N. (2013) ‘Bringing population-environment debates into Australian anti-racism research and practice’, Reconfiguring anti-racism, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, 9-10 December 2013.
- Klocker, N. (2013) ‘Playful plastic: material recalcitrance and youthful agency in street soccer’ Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Perth, July 1st-4th 2013.
- Tindale, A. and Klocker, N. (2013) ‘Contesting the urban myth of ethnic residential segregation’ Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Perth, July 1st-4th 2013.
- Toole, S., Klocker, N. and Head, L. (2013) ‘Ethno-religious diversity and climate change adaptation in Australia’, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Perth, July 1st-4th 2013.
- Klocker, N. (2012) ‘The extent and significance of inter-ethnic intimacy in Australian cinema’, Association of American Geographers Conference, New York, February 24th-28th 2012.
- Drozdzewski, D. and Klocker, N. (2012) ‘Career progress relative to opportunity: how many papers is a baby worth?’, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Macquarie University, July 2nd to 4th 2012.
- Klocker, N., Gibson, C. and Borger, E (S). (2011) ‘Living together, but apart: Material geographies of everyday sustainability in extended family households’, Institute of British Geographers’ Conference, London, 31st August – 2nd September, 2011.
- Klocker, N. (2011) ‘Conducting sensitive research in the present and past tense: recounting the stories of current and former child domestic workers’ Institute of British Geographers’ Conference, London, 31st August – 2nd September, 2011.
- Klocker, N. (2010) ‘Participatory evaluation: moving beyond the checklists, continuums and ladders of children’s participation’, Institute of Australian Geographers and New Zealand Geographical Society Conference, Christchurch, July 5th – 8th 2010.
- Paradies, Y., Klocker, N., Kelaher, M. and Webster, K. (2009) ‘Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD)’. Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia Conference ‘Strengthening Multiculturalism and Building Social Inclusion’ Shepparton, October 29th to 30th.
- Paradies, Y. & Klocker, N. (2009) Addressing racism as a determinant of health: A place-based program to promote diversity, foster equity and prevent discrimination, Public Health Association of Australia Conference, Canberra, 28 – 30th September 2009.
- Klocker, N. (2009) 'Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity: Introducing a place-based program to prevent racial discrimination and promote human rights in culturally diverse settings' Everyday People, Everyday Rights, Human Rights Conference 09, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Melbourne, 16th – 17th March 2009.
Professional Service and Memberships
- 2012 - present Editorial board, Australian Geographer
- 2013 - 2015 Volume editor, Springer Major Reference Work, Geographies of Children and Young People
- Current Academic Senate representative, Faculty of Social Sciences
- 2011 - 2013 Academic Senate representative, Faculty of Science
- 2012 - present Honorary Secretary, Geographical Society of NSW
- 2010 - 2012 Councillor, Geographical Society of NSW
Awards and Honours
- 2002 University Medal, University of New South Wales
- 2004 Best publication from Honours Research, Geographical Research
- 2006 Thenie Badams’ Bursary, Australian Federation of University Women