Birtchnell, Thomas Dr

Senior Lecturer

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

Overview


My interests are on the interface between sustainable urban development and technological innovation. Recent work focuses on possible futures involving the production innovation of 3D printing and the containerization distribution system. I also hold interests in the mobilities of talent and knowledge to and from the Global South—in particular, India. I joined the University of Wollongong as a Lecturer in 2013 and I teach International Studies, Sociology and Geography subjects. Before Wollongong I was a postdoctoral Research Associate (2010-2013) at the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University in the UK in a project titled Technologies and Travel. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded this full-time position and Distinguished Professor John Urry was the Principal Investigator. The research examined the past and future impacts of 3D printing and additive manufacturing on mobilities, travel and transport and involved futures scenario-building exercises with designers, engineers, consultants and policymakers. Prior to this I was awarded my doctorate in Sociology and Social Policy from The University of Sydney in 2010. My research contributed to an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant between the Centre for the Mind at The University of Sydney and industry partner McKinsey and Company. I have also been involved in the Centre for Corporate Change (CCC) in UNSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

Top Publications


Research Overview


    • The mobilities of knowledge and talent
    • Managerialism in Indian spirituality
    • Histories and geographies of manufacturing
    • Cargo and digital cargo
    • 3D Printing for development

Geographic Focus


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Highs and Lows of the Airport: Volunteering in an Intensely Mobile Space Robinson, Leigh
    Doctor of Philosophy Urban green infrastructure in the Global South: adapting slums to climate change in Dhaka, Bangladesh Sultana, Razia

Top Publications


Research Overview


    • The mobilities of knowledge and talent
    • Managerialism in Indian spirituality
    • Histories and geographies of manufacturing
    • Cargo and digital cargo
    • 3D Printing for development

Geographic Focus


Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Highs and Lows of the Airport: Volunteering in an Intensely Mobile Space Robinson, Leigh
    Doctor of Philosophy Urban green infrastructure in the Global South: adapting slums to climate change in Dhaka, Bangladesh Sultana, Razia
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Geographic Focus