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Harada, Theresa Dr

Research Associate

  • ACCESS: Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space - University of Wollongong 2010 -

Top Publications


Research Overview


    • Climate change knowledge and household behaviours
    • Mobility and identity
    • Mobile methodologies
    • Sound as a research methodology

    My research focuses on the intersection of climate change knowledge and household behaviours. It investigates why increasing awareness and knowledge of the impact of climate change has not significantly altered domestic household practices especially in the light of modes of personal mobility. I explore the connections between identity, mobility, place and sustainable practices by attending to the embodied dimensions of mobility and in particular, affective and emotional relationships that people have with their cars. My interest in how novel participatory and mobile methodologies can engage participants in collaborative and creative explorations of meaning and connection to place has drawn on, performative, affect-based, non-representational geographies. As such I am interested in sensory methods which pay attention to sound, touch, taste, smell and texture.

    My interest in creative research methodologies is underpinned by the desire to critically engage with contemporary debates about the environmental sustainability. Currently sonic methods are underutilised as a sensory methodology. Sonic methodologies work on the assumption that while sounds are coded within particular ideologies, the processes of hearing and listening are embodied and therefore do not work to a given script or preconfigured world. More than simply representing places, communities or identities, everyday sounds (including music) give insights into how connections (or disconnections) in and to place, are mediated by emotional and affective relationships. This approach moves beyond sound as representation to explore sound as a process.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Geographical Research
    2020

    Published In
    Journal of Clinical Nursing
    ISSN
    0962-1067
     
     
     
    2019

    Published In
    Annals of the American Association of Geographers
    Volume
    Online First
    Pages
    1 - 17
    2019

    Published In
    Journal of Transport and Health
    Volume
    14
    Page
    p. 100707-S9
    2019

    Published In
    Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    Volume
    44
    Pages
    794 - 807
    ISSN
    1475-5661
    2019

    Published In
    Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    ISSN
    1475-5661
    2018

    Published In
    Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
    Volume
    27
    Pages
    118 - 128
    ISSN
    2210-4224
    2017

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Volume
    13 October
    Pages
    1 - 5
    2017

    Published In
    Emotion, Space and Society
    Volume
    24
    Pages
    34 - 41
    ISSN
    1755-4586
     
     
    2016

    Published In
    Social and Cultural Geography
    Volume
    17
    Pages
    1079 - 1100
    ISSN
    1464-9365
     
     
     
    2013

    Published In
    Gender, Place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography
    Volume
    20
    Pages
    934 - 936
    ISSN
    0966-369X
     
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Sounding Places: More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music
    Publisher
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing
    Pages
    218 - 230
    ISBN
    9781788118927
    2019

    Published In
    Sounding Places: More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music
    Publisher
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing
    Pages
    1 - 7
    ISBN
    9781788118927

Impact Story


  • <p>The <a href="http://builtbetter.org/node/8142" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Guide to Implementing Low Carbon Retrofits for Social Housing </em></a>was developed to provide a simple to use reference for social housing asset managers and others involved in social housing upgrades to achieve improved energy performance and thermal comfort in their dwellings. The guide was developed in the aftermath of a long term engagement with housing providers and tenants, to understand existing maintenance and upgrading practices and the constraints that exist in this sector. Energy audits, energy and temperature monitoring were undertaken in a number of social housing properties around NSW, and the challenges facing vulnerable tenants were highlighted. <br /><br />The guide was designed to distil the complex process of energy auditing, energy monitoring and retrofit allocation undertaken the researchers into a a concise summary of effective energy efficiency options for social housing properties, that could support simple actions to improve management and tenant well being. The guide includes:</p><ul><li>Advice on priority upgrades;</li><li>Important things to consider when deciding whether to implement an upgrade;</li><li>Practical implementation advice to ensure the upgrade is implemented well;</li><li>Complementary retrofit considerations to make the most of opportunities as they arise;</li></ul><p><br /><br /></p>

Education And Training


  • B Science (Hon) 2008 - 2009
  • B.S.Ed. in Environmental Science 2005 - 2008
  • Ph.D. in Human Geography, University of Wollongong 2010 - 2014

Full Name


  • Dr Theresa Harada

Top Publications


Research Overview


    • Climate change knowledge and household behaviours
    • Mobility and identity
    • Mobile methodologies
    • Sound as a research methodology

    My research focuses on the intersection of climate change knowledge and household behaviours. It investigates why increasing awareness and knowledge of the impact of climate change has not significantly altered domestic household practices especially in the light of modes of personal mobility. I explore the connections between identity, mobility, place and sustainable practices by attending to the embodied dimensions of mobility and in particular, affective and emotional relationships that people have with their cars. My interest in how novel participatory and mobile methodologies can engage participants in collaborative and creative explorations of meaning and connection to place has drawn on, performative, affect-based, non-representational geographies. As such I am interested in sensory methods which pay attention to sound, touch, taste, smell and texture.

    My interest in creative research methodologies is underpinned by the desire to critically engage with contemporary debates about the environmental sustainability. Currently sonic methods are underutilised as a sensory methodology. Sonic methodologies work on the assumption that while sounds are coded within particular ideologies, the processes of hearing and listening are embodied and therefore do not work to a given script or preconfigured world. More than simply representing places, communities or identities, everyday sounds (including music) give insights into how connections (or disconnections) in and to place, are mediated by emotional and affective relationships. This approach moves beyond sound as representation to explore sound as a process.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Geographical Research
    2020

    Published In
    Journal of Clinical Nursing
    ISSN
    0962-1067
     
     
     
    2019

    Published In
    Annals of the American Association of Geographers
    Volume
    Online First
    Pages
    1 - 17
    2019

    Published In
    Journal of Transport and Health
    Volume
    14
    Page
    p. 100707-S9
    2019

    Published In
    Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    Volume
    44
    Pages
    794 - 807
    ISSN
    1475-5661
    2019

    Published In
    Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    ISSN
    1475-5661
    2018

    Published In
    Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
    Volume
    27
    Pages
    118 - 128
    ISSN
    2210-4224
    2017

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Volume
    13 October
    Pages
    1 - 5
    2017

    Published In
    Emotion, Space and Society
    Volume
    24
    Pages
    34 - 41
    ISSN
    1755-4586
     
     
    2016

    Published In
    Social and Cultural Geography
    Volume
    17
    Pages
    1079 - 1100
    ISSN
    1464-9365
     
     
     
    2013

    Published In
    Gender, Place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography
    Volume
    20
    Pages
    934 - 936
    ISSN
    0966-369X
     
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Sounding Places: More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music
    Publisher
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing
    Pages
    218 - 230
    ISBN
    9781788118927
    2019

    Published In
    Sounding Places: More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music
    Publisher
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing
    Pages
    1 - 7
    ISBN
    9781788118927

Impact Story


  • <p>The <a href="http://builtbetter.org/node/8142" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Guide to Implementing Low Carbon Retrofits for Social Housing </em></a>was developed to provide a simple to use reference for social housing asset managers and others involved in social housing upgrades to achieve improved energy performance and thermal comfort in their dwellings. The guide was developed in the aftermath of a long term engagement with housing providers and tenants, to understand existing maintenance and upgrading practices and the constraints that exist in this sector. Energy audits, energy and temperature monitoring were undertaken in a number of social housing properties around NSW, and the challenges facing vulnerable tenants were highlighted. <br /><br />The guide was designed to distil the complex process of energy auditing, energy monitoring and retrofit allocation undertaken the researchers into a a concise summary of effective energy efficiency options for social housing properties, that could support simple actions to improve management and tenant well being. The guide includes:</p><ul><li>Advice on priority upgrades;</li><li>Important things to consider when deciding whether to implement an upgrade;</li><li>Practical implementation advice to ensure the upgrade is implemented well;</li><li>Complementary retrofit considerations to make the most of opportunities as they arise;</li></ul><p><br /><br /></p>

Education And Training


  • B Science (Hon) 2008 - 2009
  • B.S.Ed. in Environmental Science 2005 - 2008
  • Ph.D. in Human Geography, University of Wollongong 2010 - 2014

Full Name


  • Dr Theresa Harada

Research Areas