With apartment living on the rise, how do families and their noisy children fit in?

9 January 2018: PhD student Sophie-May Kerr explores how families fit into apartment living. Read the article published on The Conversation

Who we are: multiculturalism in the home

19 December 2017: Ideas of racial segregation in Australia don’t hold true when it comes to choosing a life partner. Dr Natascha Klocker and PhD student Alexander Tindale, both from our School of Geography and Sustainable Commuinitues, have conducted an Australian-first analysis of census data, showing that mixed-ethnicity couples are far more common than we might imagine. Read the article on UOW's The Stand.

Measures to increase cycling in Australia are predicated on failure

15 December 2017: Gordon Waitt with Glen Fuller (Uni of Canberra) and Ian Buchanan (UOW) consider some of the failures of policy makers when it comes increasing cycling rates. Read the article published on The Conversation.

Instead of rebuilding stadiums, the NSW government should focus on local sport and events

12 December 2017: Chris Gibson weighs into the NSW stadium rebuild debate in piece published in The Conversation.

Global Challenges Travel Scholarship Success

9 December 2017: PhD Candidates Freya Croft and Inka Santala awarded scholarship to support their travel in 2018.

Early Career Researcher Acknowledged

10 December 2017: Andrew Warren has been jointly awarded the Faculty of Social Science Research Committee 2017 ECR Prize. This prize acknowledges and rewards research excellence in the Faculty’s early career researchers.

Visitors to AUSCCER

5 December 2017: AUSCCER has hosted 3 international visitors in the past fortnight, including: A/Prof Tracey Skelton, National University of Singapore (AUSCCER Seminar, 29th Nov), Nicola Ansell, Brundel University, UK (Global Challenges Conference, 1st Dec) and Jason W Moore, Binghamton University (AUSCCER Seminar, 4th Dec).

The road to same-sex marriage support has been long – and the fight isn’t over yet

14 November 2017: Reflecting on the long road that's come before, UOW VC's Postdoctorial Fellow Scott McKinnon writes for The Conversation on the day the postal survey result was revealed. Read the article here.


10 November 2017: AUSCCER and SGSC's Andrew Warren has been successful in the recent round of Australian Research Council's grant announcements, earning a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for the project ‘Geographies of transition in Australia’s auto repair and maintenance industry’. Congratulations Andrew! Read more here: UOW researchers awarded $8.7m in ARC funding.

PhD Candidate awarded a 2018 Endeavour Research Fellowship

10 November 2017: Vivian Pham has been awarded a prestigious Endeavour Mobility Scholarship. Vivian will spend an extended period working and studying at University College London in the latter part of 2018. Read more: UOW students awarded $773k in Endeavour Mobility Funding.

Distance workers and the labour of love

20 October 2017: PhD Candidate Nick Skilton had his research featured in UOW's 'The Stand'.  Read this article

Engaging refugees for a disaster-resilient Illawarra

16 October 2017: Research by PhD Candidate Shefali Juneja Lakhina in partnership with Wollongong City Council reveals important ways to engage refugees in disaster preparedness. Read the Council press release here

Engaging refugees for a disaster-resilient Illawarra

13 October 2017: PhD candidate Shefali Juneja Lakhina research partnership with Wollongong City Council, press release: Engaging refugees for a disaster-resilient Illawarra
19 October 2017: Shefali was also interviewed on ABC Illawarra radio

Don’t ignore the mobility scooter. It may just be the future of transport

13 October 2017: Dr Thomas Birtchnell, Prof Gordon Waitt and Dr Theresa Harada write for The Conversation. Read their article here.
The research examines mobility scooters as a transport alternative, as well as their legal and functional ability to operate on both road and footpath. Their research has also been featured in UOW's The Stand earlier this year. Read Meet the Mavericks.

The cultural meanings of wild horses

13 October 2017: Michael Adams writes the Friday Essay for The Conversation: The cultural meanings of wild horses.
Michael continues this discussion in his recent Conversations with AUSCCER blog post Spirit Horses.

Dr Natascha Klocker awarded 2017 UOW CEGS funding for refugee farming initiative

12 October 2017: A research and community initiative lead by Dr Natascha Klocker has been awarded funding as part of the UOW Community Engagement Grant Scheme. The project 'Supporting refugee farming initiatives: from Mildura to Mingoola and Meroo Meadow' aims to broaden opportunities for refugees outside major cities. It seeks to capitalise on a successful pilot refugee farming initiative in Mildura, by extending its learnings to Meroo Meadow (Nowra) and Mingoola (northern NSW). Read more about the 2017 UOWCEGS recipients here

Refugees cultivate community through farming

3 October 2017: PhD Candidate Ananth Gopal's research featured in UOW's 'The Stand'

Read about Ananth's research here.

Professor Pauline McGuirk speaking at UOW Big Ideas Festival

October 2017: The UOW Big Ideas Festival is a showcase of the University’s ground-breaking research from our outstanding researchers. Professor Pauline McGuirk will be speaking about the tantalising promise of smart cities in her talk: How smart are Smart Cities?
You can read more about Pauline's smart city research in the recent The Stand article Smart cities at the crossroads

Chris Gibson elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

October 2017: Professor Chris Gibson has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), in recognition of his distinguished contribution to society and to the discipline of geography. The Fellowship is one of the highest honours an Australian social scientist can receive, with 46 Fellows elected to the Academy this year. Professor Gibson’s election makes it two in a row for UOW’s School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and AUSCCER after fellow geographer Professor Pauline McGuirk was elected a Fellow last year. Read more here.

Scott McKinnon, Anti-LGBT rights campaigns and the figure of the child

20 September 2017: Scott contributed to Australian Women's History Network blog series on marital equality by exploring the often relied-upon arguments regarding children, ‘radicalisation’ and education in campaigns against LGBT rights.

Urban Cultural Policy project featured on 'The Conversation'

30 August 2017: Whilst manufacturing is imagined to have long left urban centred this project documents enterprises that still use urban industrial lands. It’s a story of surprising and largely hidden vibrancy at the interface between creative industries and small manufacturing.
Read Chris Gibson's article on The Conversation: Can our cities’ thriving creative precincts be saved from ‘renewal’?  Listen to the Podcast of Chris' interview on ABS Sydney 702, on 1st September 2017
Read the recent report Made in Marrickville co-authored by AUSCCER's Chris Gibson, Andrew Warren and Chris Brennan-Horley and other UOW, UTS, UQ and Monash academics. You can also read Chris Gibson's recent Conversation with AUSCCER blog post.

Timbers with a sustainable timbre

30 August 2017: Read about Dr Andrew Warren and Prof Chris Gibson's research exploring sustainable guitar making practices in UOW's The Stand. Great videos that go along with the story are at Part 1 and Part 2.

PhD Scholarship opportunity with Pauline McGuirk - Smart Cities 

29 August 2017:  AUSCCER and the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities have an exciting PhD Scholarship opportunity for someone interested in research on urban experimentation and the Smart City supervised by Professor Pauline McGuirk. Applications close September 29th 2017.  More information can be obtained via the AUSCCER UOW Blog page

Australia's Karenni refugees cultivate community through Wollongong farming initiative

26 August 2017: Ananth Gopal's PhD research featured on ABC's 'Landline'

As a guest reporter Ananth helped produce the episode explores urban farming through the examples of Green Connect's Urban Farm in Warrawong and the Karenni refugees. Watch the full report here or read about it via the ABC News article.

Professor Gordon Waitt recognised 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Awards

10 August 2017: Professor Gordon Waitt has been recognised for his research contribution in the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Awards. Gordon has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Research Excellence Award for Researcher of the Year and has been recognised for 25 Years Service to UOW.

The future of housing: families in apartments

20 July 2017: PhD researcher Sophie-May Kerr is looking at how more families are choosing to live in units, rather than pursue the dream of owning a house.
Read the article from the University of Wollongong's The Stand, about Sophie-May's research.

AUSCCER at the IAG 2017 Brisbane

July 2017: Fourteen AUSCCER and fellow UOW researchers presented at the Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference hosted by the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Read more about their papers via the AUSCCER Blog.

Visiting Scholar: Dr Gregory Simon

17 July 2017: Dr Gregory Simon from University of Colorado, Denver will be visited us from Monday 17 - Wednesday 19 July. As part of the visit Gregory and Christine Erikson will facilitated a discussion on Political Natures and Social Disasters. It builds on their recent paper in EPA on the environmental history and long-term lived experiences of disaster that underpins an affluence-vulnerability interface in California.

Associate Professor Adams wins prestigious Calibre Essay Prize

1 June 2017: Associate Professor of Human Geography, Michael Adams has been awarded the prestigious Australian Book Review’s Calibre Essay Prize for his essay ‘Salt Blood’, a deep dive into the ancient practise of freediving.
‘Salt Blood’ is in the June-July issue of the Australian Book Review. Read more about the Calibre Essay Prize being awarded to Associate Professor Adams here (ABC News) and here (UOW’s The Stand), or Listen to Michael's interview on the ABC radio with Richard Fidler about his Essay.
Michael received the award at a reception at UOW on the 1st June attended by Faculty of Social Sciences Executive Dean, Glenn Salkeld.

Visiting Scholar: Florian Roth

20 March 2017: Dr Florian Roth from the Centre for Security Studies at ETZ Zürich has joined us for a two-month stint as a visiting scholar.
Florian worked on a research project that aims to improve understanding of disaster risk in different contexts by developing a framework that captures the interdependence and context-specificity of social vulnerability, and establishing how this information could be included in risk mapping processes.

The town all shook up over Elvis

16 January 2017: How the King of Rock 'n' Roll put the sleepy town of Parkes on the map and captured the imagination of a pair of geographers. Professor Chris Gibson and Professor John Connell (University of Sydney) have captured the festival’s origin story in their new book, Outback Elvis: The Story of A Festival, Its Fans and A Town Called Parkes (published by NewSouth Publishing). Its launch coincided with the 25th anniversary of the event.
Read more about the town all shook up over Elvis via UOW’s The Stand.

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