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Gibson, Chris R. Professor

Executive Director, Global Challenges Program Professor of Human Geography |

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
  • Executive Director - Global Challenges Program, University of Wollongong

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Opening up empirical and theoretical possibilities across the culture-economy divide is my central intellectual agenda. Theoretical and conceptual influences stem from my undergraduate and postgraduate training in both economic geography and literary/cultural studies - this translates into research that seeks to interweave analytical frameworks from Marxian and poststructuralist economic geography with the texture of ethnographic methods. Most of my research focuses on the urban and regional scales, and currently I am especially energised by questions of regional transformation amidst historical inheritances.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>UOW research has had significant impact on rural and regional festivals in Australia and internationally, benefiting regional development policy, and influencing the work of local authorities, arts organisations, and festival bodies. The project’s unprecedented documentation of the previously undervalued extent and significance of rural and regional festivals contributed to the recognition of their importance in debates about regional development, while the individual events themselves benefited from improved management and the legitimation of their economic contribution to the rural and regional sector.<br /><br /><a href="https://research-impact.uow.edu.au/case-studies/reinventing-rural-places-the-extent-and-significance-of-rural-and-regional-festivals-in-australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://research-impact.uow.edu.au/case-studies/reinventing-rural-places-the-extent-and-significance-of-rural-and-regional-festivals-in-australia/</a></p>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • I am interested in supervising research students working on the following topics:

    • Aspects of material resource scarcity, salvage cultures, and related downstream making, manufacturing and repurposing of commodities
    • Ecological crisis and cultural economic geographies of resource-dependent industries
    • Trees and things: linking environmental humanities scholarship on the agency of plants with related cultural products industries
    • Cultural policy and urban manufacturing, with a focus on contestations of city futures and development regimes
    • Historical geographies of cultural products and craft-based industries, especially related to timber use

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Living with children in apartments: sharing, materials and space Kerr, Sophie-May
    Doctor of Philosophy Sharing Cities: New Strategies for Communal Sharing Santala, Inka
    Doctor of Philosophy Making Things, Producing Culture, Housing People? Competing Visions of Industrial Land Use in the Contemporary City Lyons, Craig

Education And Training


  • B.A. in Human Geography, Australian Literature, University of Sydney, Department of Geography, Honours Class 1, University Medal 1992 - 1995
  • Ph.D. in Human Geography, University of Sydney, Geosciences 1996 - 2000

Keywords


  • Cultural economy, regional transformation, materiality, work, social and economic aspects of climate change, inter-disciplinary research

Mailing Address


  • Global Challenges Program

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Opening up empirical and theoretical possibilities across the culture-economy divide is my central intellectual agenda. Theoretical and conceptual influences stem from my undergraduate and postgraduate training in both economic geography and literary/cultural studies - this translates into research that seeks to interweave analytical frameworks from Marxian and poststructuralist economic geography with the texture of ethnographic methods. Most of my research focuses on the urban and regional scales, and currently I am especially energised by questions of regional transformation amidst historical inheritances.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>UOW research has had significant impact on rural and regional festivals in Australia and internationally, benefiting regional development policy, and influencing the work of local authorities, arts organisations, and festival bodies. The project’s unprecedented documentation of the previously undervalued extent and significance of rural and regional festivals contributed to the recognition of their importance in debates about regional development, while the individual events themselves benefited from improved management and the legitimation of their economic contribution to the rural and regional sector.<br /><br /><a href="https://research-impact.uow.edu.au/case-studies/reinventing-rural-places-the-extent-and-significance-of-rural-and-regional-festivals-in-australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://research-impact.uow.edu.au/case-studies/reinventing-rural-places-the-extent-and-significance-of-rural-and-regional-festivals-in-australia/</a></p>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • I am interested in supervising research students working on the following topics:

    • Aspects of material resource scarcity, salvage cultures, and related downstream making, manufacturing and repurposing of commodities
    • Ecological crisis and cultural economic geographies of resource-dependent industries
    • Trees and things: linking environmental humanities scholarship on the agency of plants with related cultural products industries
    • Cultural policy and urban manufacturing, with a focus on contestations of city futures and development regimes
    • Historical geographies of cultural products and craft-based industries, especially related to timber use

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Living with children in apartments: sharing, materials and space Kerr, Sophie-May
    Doctor of Philosophy Sharing Cities: New Strategies for Communal Sharing Santala, Inka
    Doctor of Philosophy Making Things, Producing Culture, Housing People? Competing Visions of Industrial Land Use in the Contemporary City Lyons, Craig

Education And Training


  • B.A. in Human Geography, Australian Literature, University of Sydney, Department of Geography, Honours Class 1, University Medal 1992 - 1995
  • Ph.D. in Human Geography, University of Sydney, Geosciences 1996 - 2000

Keywords


  • Cultural economy, regional transformation, materiality, work, social and economic aspects of climate change, inter-disciplinary research

Mailing Address


  • Global Challenges Program

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

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