Steering Committee

AusMob Steering committee

David Bissell, University of Melbourne, Chair

dbDavid is Associate Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. He combines qualitative research on embodied practices with social theory to explore the social, political and ethical consequences of mobile lives. His current research draws on cultural geography and mobilities research to investigate contemporary social problems involving mobility-labour relationships. Recent and forthcoming research projects are about the impact of commuting on cities; how mobile working practices are reshaping the home; and how new forms of workplace artificial intelligence are impacting on employment futures and family mobilities.

Thomas Birtchnell, University of Wollongong

birtchnellThomas is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong. Before this, he was a Research Associate at Lancaster University in the UK in a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and led by Distinguished Professor John Urry. The research project (ES/J007455/1) examined the past and future impacts of 3D printing on transport and society. His latest book is A New Industrial Future? 3D Printing and the Reconfiguring of Production, Distribution, and Consumption (2016 Routledge). His research interests lie in the mobilities of people, knowledge and materials globally.

Michelle Duffy, Newcastle University

mdMichelle is a cultural geographer, with research interests that are strongly interdisciplinary. The broader context of her work is in understanding how interactions between people and place contribute to notions of community and identity, and hence the concepts and processes of belonging or alienation. A major focus in her work explores the role of sound in a geographical context. Her most significant contributions to this research field lie in the interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological frameworks she has developed that seek to uncover the complex and ‘unsayable’ ways in which we connect to the human and non-human world. More recent work seeks to understand the significance of the emotional responses and affective relations that originate in sound, and this has led to undertaking creative and collaborative work that is focused on community engagement.

Farida Fozdar, University of Western Australia

farida-20162Farida is Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology, at The University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on a range of ‘mobility’ related social issues, including race relations and migrant settlement, racism, citizenship, nationalism and postnationalism, refugees and asylum seekers. She has published widely including 5 books, 15 book chapters and more than 45 journal articles, as well as authoring reports to government and research consultancies.

Benjamin Iaquinto, City University of Hong Kong

thumbnail_biBen is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. He uses a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to explore public involvement in sustainability. His current research applies theories of social practice to understand relations between tourist mobilities and practices of sustainability.

David Radford, University of South Australia

david-radford-unisa-minDavid is a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of South Australia. David’s research interests revolve around mobilities, identities and social change. These have included research on aeromobilities and contemporary mobile lives with Profs Anthony Elliott and the late John Urry; religious and ethnic mobilities through conversion processes between religious traditions, particularly in Central Asia; and migration mobilities, which is his current research focus, investigating the dynamics associated with the growing non-European [including refugee] migration in rural and regional Australia.

Lauren Rickards, RMIT University

lrLauren is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, where she co-leads the Climate Change and Resilience Research Program of the Centre for Urban Research and the RMIT Regional Futures Network. Lauren also co-leads the Hazards, Risk and Disasters study group of the Institute of Australian Geographers and the Australian node of the UK based Governing Emergencies Network. A critical cultural geographer, Lauren does research into the social dimensions of environmental change and its intersection with shifting urban-rural and scalar relations.