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Chantel Carr Dr

Associate Lecturer

  • 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


Research Overview


  • I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in architecture and urban planning, and a PhD in human geography. My research explores the relationship between work, skill and the environment, with a current focus on archetypal modernist industries including steel, coal, energy and the built environment that are at the heart of the so-called 'carbon economy' in urban and regional Australia.

    Conceptually, I look to feminist and postcapitalist perspectives that consider all forms of work as valuable. This includes work which is less visible, whether in the home and community, or outside of the bounds of the enterprise. 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' 2021-2023: looking at how coal-worker households experience change, and their capacities to plan for transitions to a low-carbon future.
    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]),
    ARC DP 'Continuity and Change in the Australian Industrial Landscape': 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 research consultancy project: 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).
    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


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Landlines and Tracelines ¿ topographies of place and the body in the field of contemporary jewellery & small object-based craft practices. Young, Mel

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


Research Overview


  • I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in architecture and urban planning, and a PhD in human geography. My research explores the relationship between work, skill and the environment, with a current focus on archetypal modernist industries including steel, coal, energy and the built environment that are at the heart of the so-called 'carbon economy' in urban and regional Australia.

    Conceptually, I look to feminist and postcapitalist perspectives that consider all forms of work as valuable. This includes work which is less visible, whether in the home and community, or outside of the bounds of the enterprise. 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' 2021-2023: looking at how coal-worker households experience change, and their capacities to plan for transitions to a low-carbon future.
    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]),
    ARC DP 'Continuity and Change in the Australian Industrial Landscape': 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 research consultancy project: 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).
    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


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Landlines and Tracelines ¿ topographies of place and the body in the field of contemporary jewellery & small object-based craft practices. Young, Mel

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