Waitt , Gordon R. Prof.

Head of School

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

Research Overview


  • Inequality is the connecting thread of Gordon Waitt’s research. My current work develops this interest in inequality through three strands. Each strand addresses urgent sustainability challenges:

    • Household Sustainability: This work explores the question: Who is doing the work of household sustainability? I explore this question through investigating who is involved in various everyday practices including driving, preparing meals, preserving food and making decisions about what is and is not rubbish. Everyday mundane practices are repositioned as key in household sustainability debates.
    • Fuel Poverty: Key to this work is the question: What can we learn from older low income household to address fuel poverty? Rather than positioning people as a problem that has to be fixed through energy efficiency policies, this project starts with the assumption that people are part of the solution to fuel poverty. Hence, the aim of this work is to better understand how energy is used to make places called home. Equipped with this knowledge, policy makers can more informed energy policies.
    • Urban Revitalisation: The starting point for this research is the question: How can we make regional city centre more lively places? This project sits with wider concerns that not everybody has equal access to city centres. Attention turns to how different process of discrimination and marginalisation operate through impressions, transport modes and routes or pathways.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Follow the Theme: Tourists' Construction of Themed Route Experiences Roy, Namita
    Doctor of Philosophy Saving Water for a Rainy Day: thinking through the materiality, agency and assemblage of water tanks and tank water in a changing climate Wilkinson, Carrie
    Doctor of Philosophy Walking together: Child and parent pedestrian mobilities in Wollongong City centre Clement, Susannah
    Doctor of Philosophy Food and Kitchens as gendered household sustainability practice in Pacific Island migrant household Campbell, Rebecca
    Doctor of Philosophy Thinking care through assemblage: the corporeal politics of volunteering with refugees Frazer, Ryan
    Doctor of Philosophy Low-Carbon Retrofit for Community Housing and Household Resilience Pham, Vivian
    Doctor of Philosophy The embodied dimensions of endurance cycling and the formation of gendered cycling identities Barrie, Lance
    Doctor of Philosophy New Stages for Old Theatres: Cinema Restoration Projects and Concepts of Community in Regional New South Wales Crowe, Karen

Research Overview


  • Inequality is the connecting thread of Gordon Waitt’s research. My current work develops this interest in inequality through three strands. Each strand addresses urgent sustainability challenges:

    • Household Sustainability: This work explores the question: Who is doing the work of household sustainability? I explore this question through investigating who is involved in various everyday practices including driving, preparing meals, preserving food and making decisions about what is and is not rubbish. Everyday mundane practices are repositioned as key in household sustainability debates.
    • Fuel Poverty: Key to this work is the question: What can we learn from older low income household to address fuel poverty? Rather than positioning people as a problem that has to be fixed through energy efficiency policies, this project starts with the assumption that people are part of the solution to fuel poverty. Hence, the aim of this work is to better understand how energy is used to make places called home. Equipped with this knowledge, policy makers can more informed energy policies.
    • Urban Revitalisation: The starting point for this research is the question: How can we make regional city centre more lively places? This project sits with wider concerns that not everybody has equal access to city centres. Attention turns to how different process of discrimination and marginalisation operate through impressions, transport modes and routes or pathways.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Follow the Theme: Tourists' Construction of Themed Route Experiences Roy, Namita
    Doctor of Philosophy Saving Water for a Rainy Day: thinking through the materiality, agency and assemblage of water tanks and tank water in a changing climate Wilkinson, Carrie
    Doctor of Philosophy Walking together: Child and parent pedestrian mobilities in Wollongong City centre Clement, Susannah
    Doctor of Philosophy Food and Kitchens as gendered household sustainability practice in Pacific Island migrant household Campbell, Rebecca
    Doctor of Philosophy Thinking care through assemblage: the corporeal politics of volunteering with refugees Frazer, Ryan
    Doctor of Philosophy Low-Carbon Retrofit for Community Housing and Household Resilience Pham, Vivian
    Doctor of Philosophy The embodied dimensions of endurance cycling and the formation of gendered cycling identities Barrie, Lance
    Doctor of Philosophy New Stages for Old Theatres: Cinema Restoration Projects and Concepts of Community in Regional New South Wales Crowe, Karen
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