Gibson, Chris R. Professor

Executive Director, Global Challenges Program Professor of Human Geography |

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
  • Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research

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


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
    Doctor of Philosophy Young adults, consumption and material-cultural engagements with clothes Stanes, Elyse
    Doctor of Philosophy Maintenance and repair beyond the perimeter of the plant: materials, skills and household life in the industrial city. Carr, Chantel
    Doctor of Philosophy Residential patterns of Australian mixed-ethnicity couples: advancing understandings of ethnic geographies Tindale, Alexander
    Doctor of Philosophy Unsettling the anthropocene: experiments in dwelling on unstable ground Westgate, Justin

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

    University of Wollongong

    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


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
    Doctor of Philosophy Young adults, consumption and material-cultural engagements with clothes Stanes, Elyse
    Doctor of Philosophy Maintenance and repair beyond the perimeter of the plant: materials, skills and household life in the industrial city. Carr, Chantel
    Doctor of Philosophy Residential patterns of Australian mixed-ethnicity couples: advancing understandings of ethnic geographies Tindale, Alexander
    Doctor of Philosophy Unsettling the anthropocene: experiments in dwelling on unstable ground Westgate, Justin

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

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

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