Tackling ethical and methodological challenges and possibilities

Call for abstracts Institute of Australian Geographers Conference (Hobart, Tasmania 9-13 July 2019) Session: Tackling ethical and methodological challenges and possibilities in geographical research There is rarely a ‘box on the form’ for the ethical challenges which arise in geographical research. These challenges tend to be ‘dynamic, ongoing and complex’ (Gillan and Pickerill, 2012) rather … Continue reading Tackling ethical and methodological challenges and possibilities

My review: Austerity as public mood: social anxieties and social struggles

Austerity, in the minds of most, is an economic policy. For others it might represent a paradigm; for others still, a class conflict. Kirsten Forkert's book considers austerity as something more ubiquitous and mysterious: as a public mood. Mood, of course, is a tricky thing to pin down. Forkert notes that mood is somewhat undefinable … Continue reading My review: Austerity as public mood: social anxieties and social struggles

Julian Assange: Man without a country

This piece was published by Future Perfect magazine. The picture painted by Raffi Khatchadourian in his New Yorker profile of Julian Assange is not flattering. The Wikileaks founder variously appears as a paranoid recluse, playing white noise in his conference room and concocting elaborate eating routines for fear of poisoning; a genius turned strange through fame (even … Continue reading Julian Assange: Man without a country

Diversity and renewal: at what cost?

This piece was first published in New Planner in their special edition on housing affordability and diversity in September 2016.  That neighbourhoods should have a diversity of tenure and a mix of incomes is increasingly and enthusiastically advocated by planners and urban designers. The renewal of housing estates to achieve this ‘social mix’ has come … Continue reading Diversity and renewal: at what cost?

Social housing renewal: threats to tenant stability and security

This piece was published by Parity in their special edition on Issues in Housing Tenure (September 2017).  Social housing has been source of secure, stable tenancies for vulnerable Australian households for decades. There is ample evidence to show that social housing provides tenants with sense of belonging, security, safety and a bond related to their … Continue reading Social housing renewal: threats to tenant stability and security