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Chantel Carr Dr

Associate Lecturer

  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
  • Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS)

Top Publications


    Year Title
    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
    2015 From incremental change to radical disjuncture: Rethinking everyday household sustainability practices as survival skills
    Published in   Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Research Overview


  • I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in architecture, design, and urban planning, and a PhD in geography. My research focuses on the relationships between work, skill, place, and environment. To date my work has focused on the economies and material cultures of craft and skilled making, particularly in trades. I am increasingly driven by an interest in regional legacies of skill - how these emerge over time across formal and informal modes of education and work, and how they might inform discussions of regional resilience into the future.

    My field-centred approach draws on many years of professional experience in engineering, technology and design roles, and I prefer to work 'alongside’ participants where possible. Conceptually, I look to feminist and postcapitalist perspectives that consider all forms of work as valuable. This includes work which is less visible, including that which takes place in the home and community, or outside of the bounds of the enterprise. 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 the ARC DP ‘Governing Urban Energy Transitions’, examining energy transitions in the commercial office sector across Sydney and Melbourne (with Profs Pauline McGuirk and Robyn Dowling [Syd]). I was recently awarded a Social Sciences ECR grant to look at repair and maintenance in the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) industry. I am also a collaborator on an inter-disciplinary UOW Global Challenges Keystone project looking at the history and futures of making and manufacturing 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

Full Name


  • Chantel Carr

Mailing Address


  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

    Building 41, Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia

Top Publications


    Year Title
    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
    2015 From incremental change to radical disjuncture: Rethinking everyday household sustainability practices as survival skills
    Published in   Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Research Overview


  • I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in architecture, design, and urban planning, and a PhD in geography. My research focuses on the relationships between work, skill, place, and environment. To date my work has focused on the economies and material cultures of craft and skilled making, particularly in trades. I am increasingly driven by an interest in regional legacies of skill - how these emerge over time across formal and informal modes of education and work, and how they might inform discussions of regional resilience into the future.

    My field-centred approach draws on many years of professional experience in engineering, technology and design roles, and I prefer to work 'alongside’ participants where possible. Conceptually, I look to feminist and postcapitalist perspectives that consider all forms of work as valuable. This includes work which is less visible, including that which takes place in the home and community, or outside of the bounds of the enterprise. 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 the ARC DP ‘Governing Urban Energy Transitions’, examining energy transitions in the commercial office sector across Sydney and Melbourne (with Profs Pauline McGuirk and Robyn Dowling [Syd]). I was recently awarded a Social Sciences ECR grant to look at repair and maintenance in the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) industry. I am also a collaborator on an inter-disciplinary UOW Global Challenges Keystone project looking at the history and futures of making and manufacturing 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

Full Name


  • Chantel Carr

Mailing Address


  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

    Building 41, Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia