The western development strategy and environment in southwest China: a case of Guizhou

Wednesday 11 May 2016
1.00 - 2.00pm

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Madsen Rm 449, Madsen Building, Eastern Ave, The University of Sydney


Explore current innovations in geographical research and cutting edge trends in socio- spatial theory throughout this seminar series.

Geographers and the Environment with Xiao Jiang Yu (Geosciences)

Kurt Iveson is primarily interested in the question of how social justice can be achieved in cities. Within this broad interest, his previous research has focused on two main areas. First, he has examined the significance of the urban public realm for citizenship and democracy. This has included looking at contests over different uses of urban public space, including the politics of protest, graffiti writing, cruising, hanging out, and outdoor advertising. Second, he has explored how urban planning might work better to achieve social justice in cities. In particular, he has considered the ways in which planners should conceptualise, and respond to, different forms of diversity in the city.

Kurt’s current research is focused on the governance of the outdoor media landscape (from graffiti to government notices, shop signage and outdoor advertising), and on the spatial politics of urban informatics systems (with a particular focus on their implications for privacy and urban citizenship).

Robyn Dowling is an urban studies researcher, with a focus on the social and cultural geographies of cities and contemporary urban governance. Her research has three strands. In terms of social and cultural geographies of cities, she has researched widely the ways in which identities are lived in suburban homes, neighbourhoods and lives. This includes long term research on the suburbs and homes of Sydney, and documented in international journal publications and her co-authored book Home(with Alison Blunt, published by Routledge).
Upcoming in the Series
Wednesday May 18th | 1 – 2.00pm
Prof. Bill Pritchard (Geosciences) | Should we aspire to a society that is food secure, or a society of food-sovereign consumers?

Wednesday May 25th | 1 – 2.00pm
Kirsten Jenkins (University of St Andrews) | What is energy justice? Lessons from the nuclear fuel cycle in Canada, the UK and Australia

Wednesday June 1st  | 1 – 2.00pm
Leonardo Valenzuela (Geosciences post-grad) | Moralscapes of the Anthropocene
Billy Haworth (Geosciences post-grad) | Assessing the potential, application, & implications of volunteered geographic information in disaster risk reduction

Wednesday June 8th | 1 – 2.00pm
Alistair Sisson (Geosciences post-grad) | Night-Time Economy stigmatisation: a case study of Northbridge, Western Australia

Wednesday June 15 | 1 – 2.00pm