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Donna Houston is an urban and cultural geographer in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. Her research explores the intersections of urban political ecology and environmental justice in the Anthropocene; cultural dimensions of climate change; spaces of extinction, and planning in the 'more-than-human' city.  She is particularly interested in how cultural methodologies such as storytelling, visual methods and memory-work can be used to address current social and environmental challenges.
Associate Professor Houston is the Director of the Human Geography major and the Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Environmental Humanities research stream.  She is a member of the Shadow Places Network, an international environmental humanities initiative funded by the Swedish government.

She currently teaches in the following units:

  • GEOP3090 Thinking Space
  • GEOP2050 Environment and Society
  • GEOP1020 Introducing the Environmental Humanities
  • GEOP7000 Dialogues in Human Geography

Associate Professor Houston is currently available to supervise PhD and Masters Research students interested in any of the research areas and themes identified above.

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Urban ecology

Byrne, J. A. & Houston, D., 2020, Encyclopedia of human geography. Kobayashi, A. (ed.). 2nd ed. Elsevier, Vol. 14. p. 47-58 12 p.

Macquarie University

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  • Urban re-generations: afterword to special issue on the politics of urban greening in Australian cities

    Houston, D., 2020, In : Australian Geographer. 51, 2, p. 257-263 7 p.

    Macquarie University

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