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Theresa Harada

Theresa Harada




Manufacturing Innovation An Innovative Conceptual Design For Smart Transportation Systems


  • 2014 PhD (Human Geography) Thesis ‘Driving Cultures’, University of Wollongong, NSW.
  • 2009 Bachelor of Science (Honours 1) Thesis ‘Driving Cultures and Climate Change: Bodies, Space and Affluence’, University of Wollongong, NSW.
  • 2008 Bachelor of Science Education, University of Wollongong, NSW.

Research Interests

  • Climate change knowledge and household behaviours
  • Mobility and identity
  • Mobile methodologies
  • Sound as a research methodology

My research focuses on the intersection of climate change knowledge and household behaviours. It investigates why increasing awareness and knowledge of the impact of climate change has not significantly altered domestic household practices especially in the light of modes of personal mobility. I explore the connections between identity, mobility, place and sustainable practices by attending to the embodied dimensions of mobility and in particular, affective and emotional relationships that people have with their cars. My interest in how novel participatory and mobile methodologies can engage participants in collaborative and creative explorations of meaning and connection to place has drawn on, performative, affect-based, non-representational geographies. As such I am interested in sensory methods which pay attention to sound, touch, taste, smell and texture.

My interest in creative research methodologies is underpinned by the desire to critically engage with contemporary debates about the environmental sustainability. Currently sonic methods are underutilised as a sensory methodology. Sonic methodologies work on the assumption that while sounds are coded within particular ideologies, the processes of hearing and listening are embodied and therefore do not work to a given script or preconfigured world. More than simply representing places, communities or identities, everyday sounds (including music) give insights into how connections (or disconnections) in and to place, are mediated by emotional and affective relationships. This approach moves beyond sound as representation to explore sound as a process.


  • 2017 Head, L. & Harada, T., Keeping the heart a long way from the brain: The emotional labour of climate scientists, Emotion, Space and Society
  • 2016 Duffy, M. Wait, G. & Harada, T. Making sense of sound: visceral sonic mapping as a research tool. Emotion, Space and Society, 20, 49-57.
  • 2016 Doughty, K. Duffy, M. & Harada, T. Editorial, Special Issue: emotional and affective geographies is sound. Emotion, Space and Society, 20, 39-41.
  • 2016 Waitt G. & Harada T. Parenting, care and the family car, Social & Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1152395
  • 2015 Head, L. and Harada, T. .Keeping the heart a long way from the brain: the emotional labour of climate scientists, Emotion, Space and Society, under review.
  • 2015 Gill, N., Osman P., Head L., Voyer M., Harada T., Waitt G., Gibson., Looking Beyond Installation: Why households struggle to make the most of hot water systems, Energy Policy 87 (2015) 83-94
  • 2015 Waitt, G. Harada, T. and Duffy, M.,  'Let's Have Some Music': Sound, Gender and Car Mobility, Mobilities DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2015.1076628
  • 2012 Waitt, G. and Harada, T., Driving, Cities and Changing Climates, Urban Studies, 49, 15, 3307-3325.
  • 2012 Harada, T. and Waitt, G., Researching Transport Choices: The Possibilities of ‘Mobile Methodologies’ to Study Life-on-the-Move, Geographical Research, 51, 2,145-152.

Book review

  • 2013 Harada, T. Transnationalism reversed, women organizing against gendered violence in Bangladesh, Gender, Place and Culture, 20, 7, 934-936.

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Research Presentations

  • 2014 Visceral mapping as a research tool, Cultures of Sense, Cultures of Movement, Australian National University, Canberra 2-3 Jan.
  • 2013 Extending Ideas of Responsibility around Mobility beyond Education, Responsible Geographies, 5th Nordic Geographers' Meeting, Reykjavík, Iceland, 11-14 June.
  • 2013 Sounding out the Productive Possibilities: Sonic Mapping as a Research Tool, 4th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1-3 July.
  • 2012 Mobility tales from regional Wollongong, Association of American Geographers, Annual meeting, New York, USA, 24-28 Feb.
  • 2012 Car bodies: Sounds, rhythms and preferences for private transport, Institute of Australian Geographers, Inspiring Connections, Macquarie University, Australia, 2-4 July.
  • 2011 Dispositions of the car driving body, Institute of Australian Geographers, Geography on the edge, University of Wollongong, Australia, 3-6 Jul.
  • 2011 Car-driving-bodies, Bodies in/ex Situ Conference, The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia, 31 Jan-1 Feb.


I currently teach in Applied Social Research, Social and Cultural Geographies and Geographies of Social Difference (UWS). Previously I have taught Human Problems Environments and Change, Spaces, Places and Identities and presented guest lectures in Environmental Heritage Practices and Cultural Studies Research Methods (UOW).

Awards and Honours

  • 2010 Australian Post-Graduate Award, University of Wollongong.
  • 2009 Gina Savage Prize: best academic record for final year women students Faculty of Science, University of Wollongong.
  • 2009 Jim Rose Prize: Honours presentation, Human Geography, University of Wollongong.
  • 2005 Faculty of Education: Innovative Prize, University of Wollongong.

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Last reviewed: 6 September, 2017


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