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Carr, Chantel Dr

ARC DECRA Fellow

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
  • Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS)

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2022 Repair and care: Locating the work of climate crisis
    Published in   Dialogues in Human Geography
    2017 Maintenance and repair beyond the perimeter of the plant: linking industrial labour and the home
    Published in   Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    2016 Geographies of making: rethinking materials and skills for volatile futures
    Published in   Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities

Research Overview


  • I am an interdisciplinary social scientist, with a professional background in architecture and engineering, and a PhD in human geography. My research examines the capacities of workers and households to negotiate change in energy-intensive sectors and regions. My empirical focus is on industries such as metallurgical coal, steelmaking, and the built environment that are at the heart of the carbon economy in urban and regional Australia.

    In previous projects I have looked at cultures of craft, making and skilled trades. My PhD was an ethnography of the paid and unpaid working lives of repair and maintenance trades workers at Australia's largest steelworks.

    Current research projects include:
    ARC DECRA 'Locating the household in post-carbon regional economies' 2021-2024: looking at how coal-worker households experience change, and their capacities to plan for transitions to a low-carbon future.
    ARC DP 'Continuity and Change in the Australian Industrial Landscape' 2020-2023:
    looking at Port Kembla's evolution as a hybrid industrial-infrastructural landscape (CI, with Profs Chris Gibson and Lucy Taksa [Macq], Dr Andrew Warren and Prof Steven High [Concordia]).
    Federal DISER-funded contract research project 2020-2022:
    looking at repair and maintenance and energy use in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) industry (Lead investigator with Dr Dan Daly (SBRC), Dr Matt Daly (SBRC), Dr Elyse Stanes, Prof. Pauline McGuirk).

    Recently concluded projects include:
    ARC DP ‘Governing Urban Energy Transitions’:
    examining energy transitions in the commercial office sector across Sydney and Melbourne (led by Profs Pauline McGuirk and Robyn Dowling [Syd]),

    Inter-disciplinary UOW Global Challenges Keystone project: looking at the role of maker spaces in bringing together diverse communities in the Illawarra region.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Teaching Overview


  • GEOG122 Living in a Material World - Subject Coordinator
    GEOG121 Life in a Globalising World - Module Lecturer
    GEOG335/351 Directed Studies in Geography and Sustainable Communities - Subject Coordinator

Full Name


  • Chantel Carr

Mailing Address


  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

    Building 29, Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2022 Repair and care: Locating the work of climate crisis
    Published in   Dialogues in Human Geography
    2017 Maintenance and repair beyond the perimeter of the plant: linking industrial labour and the home
    Published in   Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    2016 Geographies of making: rethinking materials and skills for volatile futures
    Published in   Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities

Research Overview


  • I am an interdisciplinary social scientist, with a professional background in architecture and engineering, and a PhD in human geography. My research examines the capacities of workers and households to negotiate change in energy-intensive sectors and regions. My empirical focus is on industries such as metallurgical coal, steelmaking, and the built environment that are at the heart of the carbon economy in urban and regional Australia.

    In previous projects I have looked at cultures of craft, making and skilled trades. My PhD was an ethnography of the paid and unpaid working lives of repair and maintenance trades workers at Australia's largest steelworks.

    Current research projects include:
    ARC DECRA 'Locating the household in post-carbon regional economies' 2021-2024: looking at how coal-worker households experience change, and their capacities to plan for transitions to a low-carbon future.
    ARC DP 'Continuity and Change in the Australian Industrial Landscape' 2020-2023:
    looking at Port Kembla's evolution as a hybrid industrial-infrastructural landscape (CI, with Profs Chris Gibson and Lucy Taksa [Macq], Dr Andrew Warren and Prof Steven High [Concordia]).
    Federal DISER-funded contract research project 2020-2022:
    looking at repair and maintenance and energy use in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) industry (Lead investigator with Dr Dan Daly (SBRC), Dr Matt Daly (SBRC), Dr Elyse Stanes, Prof. Pauline McGuirk).

    Recently concluded projects include:
    ARC DP ‘Governing Urban Energy Transitions’:
    examining energy transitions in the commercial office sector across Sydney and Melbourne (led by Profs Pauline McGuirk and Robyn Dowling [Syd]),

    Inter-disciplinary UOW Global Challenges Keystone project: looking at the role of maker spaces in bringing together diverse communities in the Illawarra region.

Selected Publications


Teaching Overview


  • GEOG122 Living in a Material World - Subject Coordinator
    GEOG121 Life in a Globalising World - Module Lecturer
    GEOG335/351 Directed Studies in Geography and Sustainable Communities - Subject Coordinator

Full Name


  • Chantel Carr

Mailing Address


  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

    Building 29, Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia

Geographic Focus