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School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences

Dr Murray May BSc (Hons) UQ , Dip Ed Tas, M Ed CCAE, PhD UWS

Research Students:

Annabel Beckenham - Research Topic - Cyberspaces: A cultural geography of online communication.
Hao Duan - Research Topic - Embodied migration: Affective understanding of the push-pull model.
Solomon Gbanie - Research Topic - Characterization, mapping and space-time calibration of the changing land use/land cover patterns in Western Sierra Leone, West Africa: A remote sensing (RS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach.
Lynn Harding - Research Topic - The operational implications of the aging of the Australian Army.
Daminda Solangaarachchi - Research Topic - Developing an ecological and social typology of the urban bush interface in the Sydney Basin NSW.
Stephen Smith - Research Topic - A dynamic electorate? Analysing the geography of minor parties at Australian state and federal elections 1997-2006.

Recent Honours Students:

Harrison Ingham - Research Topic - Laughter is discipline, stupid: A social experience of humour in institutional space, 2010.

Luke Powter - Research Topic - Nurturing sustainable journeys: Transport for health communities, 2010.

Mun Bbun Tang - Research Topic - Urban and peri-urban agriculture's role in poverty alleviation: An exploration of institutional responses to market access issues for small scale UPA producers in South Africa, 2010.

Benson Chian - Research Topic - Letting their feet do the talking: Geographies of youth in the Kanga Cup, 2009.

Research Collaborators:

Dr A. Banos (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire Image et Ville, Universite Louis-Pasteur)
Assoc. Prof. Glenn Banks (Massey University, New Zealand)
Dr C. Banwell (National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, Australian National University)
Prof. Tony Binns (Ron Lister Chair of Geography, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
Prof D. Broom (National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, Australian National University)
Prof. A. Bundy (University of Sydney)
Dr J. Connor (School of Business, UNSW@ADFA)
Mr M. Doherty (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems)
Dr J. Dixon (National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, Australian National University)
Dr M. Duffy (University of Melbourne)
Ms M. Esler (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, The Australian Government)
Prof. B. Fagan (Macquarie University, Sydney)
Assoc. Prof. John Glover (University of Adelaide)
Dr Bob Hall (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW@ADFA)
Assoc. Prof. Alastair Greig (School of Social Sciences, Australian National University )
Dr Godfrey Hampwaye (Lecturer Geography, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia)
Dr M. Hendityo (Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia )
Dr Gijsbert Hoogendoorn (Lecturer Geography, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Dr M. Hynes (School of Social Sciences, Australian National University )
Prof. N. Ilmi Idrus (University of Hasannudin, Makassar, Indonesia)
Dr Maria Kerslake (Dean of Faculty of Arts, National University of Samoa, Apia, Samoa)
Dr R. Korda (Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health, Australian National University)
Dr M. Lowes (Department of Communication, University of Ottawa)
Dr Kenny Lynch (Senior Lecturer, Department of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire. Cheltenham, United Kingdom)
Assoc. Prof. Etienne Nel (Economic Geographer, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
Dr Roy Maconachie (Lecturer, University of Bath, United Kingdom)
Prof. Lochner Marais (Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
Dr M. May (Visiting Fellow, UNSW@ADFA)
Assoc. Prof. G. Naughton (Australian Catholic University)
Dr F. Paoloucci, (Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health, Australian National University)
Dr A. Ross (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW@ADFA)
Ms M. Shipley (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, The Australian Government)
Dr L. Strazdins (National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, Australian National University)
Dr Paul Tengbe (Head of Geography, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Freetown, Sierra Leone)
Dr J. Warn (School of Business, UNSW@ADFA)
Dr S. Wyver (Macquarie University, Sydney)


Research Degrees - Apply

Scholarships - Apply

PhD Opportunities and Scholarships

If you are interested in postgraduate studies within the Space and Society Group

Contact:
Assoc. Prof. Paul Tranter (p.tranter@adfa.edu.au)
Dr Amy Griffin (a.griffin@adfa.edu.au)
Dr Scott Sharpe (s.sharpe@adfa.edu.au)
Dr Alec Thornton (a.thornton@adfa.edu.au)

to discuss opportunities for funding and for further information.


Student Research

A dynamic electorate? Analysing the geography of minor parties at Australian state and federal elections, 1997-2006
Stephen Smith (sj.smith@student.adfa.edu.au) PhD
Field of Study: Electoral geography

My doctoral research aims to investigate and explain the electoral geography of minor parties through assessing their changing electoral performances, presence and participation in Australian electoral settings at state and federal elections held between 1997 and 2006. To achieve this aim, six minor parties have been investigated: Australians Against Further Immigration, Australian Democrats, Family First, the Greens, One Nation and Unity. Exploring spatial and temporal variations in minor party electoral performances and their implications for the continued participation and presence of minor parties have also been of interest for this research. This has been exemplified through candidate standings, constituency formation and political engagements undertaken by these parties across electoral settings. This thesis is intended on highlighting challenges that are faced by minor parties as political participants in regards to their respective electoral prospects in a contemporary electoral setting.

Bushfire risk assessment at the urban-bush interface in metropolitan Australia : An integrated modelling approach
Daminda Solangaarachchi (d.solangaarachchi@student.adfa.edu.au) PhD
Field of Study: Geography

In many parts of Australia there has been growth in the population at the urban-rural interface. This population growth is a result of people choosing an idyllic lifestyle to live at the rural-urban interface, or un-affordability of housing within urban areas for those who earn a low income. The environment which draws people to these locations is fire prone and there is a potential threat to lives and property. Although there have been many unforgettable bushfire events with significant impacts, the lack of a risk assessment framework has been the primary limitation to quantitative risk assessment. It is clear that a systematic approach to assess bushfire risk while combining hazard occurrence, social/physical vulnerability and community resilience is required to determine activities of the disaster managers at all phases of the disaster management cycle i.e. pre-event, during the event, post-event. This will help to determine how scarce resources should be utilized in a more effective manner to minimize the impact of the event. Furthermore, it will help to identify the locations of the communities which need assistance in advance. This will also help to make a proper evacuation plan by prioritizing areas when a mass evacuation is required. This research will develop a conceptual model of risk that provides a holistic perspective on natural hazards risk assessment with reference to bushfires. It will incorporate hazard, social vulnerability, physical vulnerability, and the resilience of the urban bush interface.

Characterization, mapping and space-time calibration of the changing land use/land cover patterns in Western Sierra Leone, West Africa: A remote sensing (RS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach.
Solomon Gbanie
(solomon.gbanie@student.adfa.edu.au) PhD
Field of Study: Geography

Empirical data on land use and land cover change dynamics is almost unavailable in Sierra Leone, a West African country that is in the process of recovering and rebuilding after a decade of civil war. This data is necessary to understand the exact nature and extent of the various land use/land cover changes for effective urban and rural planning for post-conflict development. The paucity of land use and land cover data is generally attributed to the conspicuous absence of capacity and resources in institutions (private and government alike) that would undertake and operationalise such systematic research. This scenario presents a disturbing picture for current and future land use, agro-ecological and resource planning and management and policy formulation. Given the tremendous challenges Sierra Leone faces, there is a critical need for research that will provide institutions (government, non-governmental organizations) with reliable data to inform effective and efficient policy and practice.

Characterizing, mapping and measuring the changing land use and land cover patterns in western Sierra Leone, using geo-spatial technologies (Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems) aims to provide much needed spatial data. This study intends, first, to demarcate the various land use and land cover types; secondly, to critically examine the changes that have occurred over time and ascertain the rate at which these changes may have occurred and their causes Thirdly, to identify the environmental impacts of land use change with respect to resource planning and, finally, to predict future land use changes using cellular automata and/or a land use / land cover change model. The outcome of this research will provided empirical spatial data for the study area and if properly utilized will contribute to the sustainable management of the natural resources of the Western Area of Sierra Leone.

Cyberspaces: A cultural geography of online communication
Annabel Beckenham (Annabel.Beckenham@canberra.edu.au) PhD
Field of Study: Cyberspace

Cyberspace is a field which belies traditional notions of space bound communities, but which enables the development of social groupings which have, among other things, distinctive territories and citizenries, recognisable pasts, variegated futures and complex interrelationships with space bound groups. The thesis examines the development of social navigation points in three major social network sites; Facebook, Second Life and Myspace.

Embodied migration: Affective understanding of the push-pull model
Hao Duan (h.duan@student.adfa.edu.au) PhD
Field of Study: Human Geography

This project explores the relationship between travel costs and lives of temporary migrant workers, in light of higher travel cost associated with peak oil. Peak oil describes the possible future of oil scarcity, where demand for oil outstrips our capacity to produce it. Peak oil may have a significant influence on fuel prices and directly affects the migrant workers' travelling costs. Temporary migrants are likely to change their behaviours in the context of peak oil. Long-distance commuters, who are regarded as an important group of temporary migrants, are studied on their adaptive behaviours, their relationships with family members, communities, businesses, and governments. The study expects to help authorities cope with likely impacts of peak oil on long-distance commuters.

The operational implications of the aging of the Australian Army
Lynn Harding (lynn.harding@student.adfa.edu.au) PhD
Field of Study: Geography

Recent Publications

In Press

Book

Thornton, A., Beyond the Metropolis: Urban Agriculture in South Africa, Edwin Mellen Press (under contract with Edwin Mellen Press, UK).

2011 publications

Book

Freeman, C. & Tranter, P., 2011, Children and their Urban Environment: Changing Worlds, Earthscan, London, 265 pp, ISBN 9781844078530.

Book - Chapter

Thornton, A., 2011, 'Food for thought? Linking up urban agriculture and local food production for food security and development in the South Pacific', in Christopher Rosin, Paul Stock and Hugh Campbell (eds), Food Systems Failure-The Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture, edn. 1, Routledge, UK, pp. 203-218, http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781849712293/

Journal - Refereed

May, M., Tranter, P.J. & Warn, J.R., 2011, Progressing road safety through deep change and transformational leadership, Journal of Transport Geography,19(6),1423-1430, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2011.07.002.

Strazdins, L., Griffin, A.L., Broom, D.H., Banwell, C., Korda, R., Dixon, J., Shipley, M., Paolucci, F. & Glover, J., 2011, Time scarcity: Another health inequity?, Environment and Planning A, 4(3),545-559, 10.1068/a4360.

Walkington, H., Griffin, A.L., Keys-Matthews, L., Metoyer, S.K., Miller, W.E., Baker, R. & France, D., 2011, Embedding research-based learning early in the undergraduate geography curriculum, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35(3), 315-330, 10.1080/03098265.2011.563377.

2010 publications

Book - Chapter

Whitzman, C., Romero, V., Duncan, M., Curtis, C., Tranter, P. & Burke, M., 2010, Links between children's independent mobility, active transport, physical activity and obesity, in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence, Policy, and Practice, E. Waters, Boyd Swinburn, Ricardo Uauy, Jaap Seidell (eds), Wiley Blackwell, pp. 105-112.

Journal - Refereed

Hynes, M. & Sharpe, S., 2010, Yea-saying laughter, Parallax, 16(3), 44-54.

May, M., Tranter, P.J. & Warn, J.R., 2010, Holistic road safety report released, Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, vol. November 2010, pp. 49 - 52, http://www.acrs.org.au/publications/journalscurrentandbackissues.html

Mishra, S.R. & Griffin, A.L., 2010, Encroachment: A threat to resource sustainability in Chilika Lake, India, Applied Geography, 30, 448-459, doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2009.12.001.

O`Brien, C., & Tranter, P.J., 2010, Positive psychology, walking and well-being: Can walking school buses survive a policy of school closures?, World Transport Policy and Practice, 15, 42-54.

Sharpe, S . & Tranter, P., 2010, The hope for oil crisis: Children, oil vulnerability and (in)dependent mobility, Australian Planner, 47(4), 284-292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2010.526622.

Thornton, A., Kerslake, M. & Binns, T., 2010, Alienation and obligation: Religion and social change in Samoa, Asia -Pacific Viewpoint, 51(1), 1-16. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8373.2010.01410.x

Thornton, A., Nel, E. and Hampwaye, G., 2010, Cultivating Kaunda's plan for self-sufficiency: Is urban agriculture (finally) getting another look in Zambia?, Development Southern Africa, 27(4), 613-625. doi: 10.1080/0376835X.2010.508604

Tranter, P.J., 2010, Speed kills: The complex links between transport, lack of time and urban health, Journal of Urban Health , 87(2), 155-165. doi:10.1007/s11524-009-9433-9

Wyver, S., Tranter, P., Naughton, G., Little, H., Sandseter, EBH., & Bundy, A ., 2010, Ten ways to restrict children's freedom play: The problem of surplus safety, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 11(3),263-277. http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2010.11.3.263

Journal - Letter or Note

Thornton, A., 2010, Book Review: Sustainable Land Management in the Tropics: Explaining the Miracle. Kees Burger and Fred Zaal (eds), Surrey, Ashgate, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 31(2), 276-278.

Conference - Full paper refereed

Hynes, M. & Sharpe, S., 2010, Affecting global resistance, paper presented to Joint New Zealand Geographical Society and Institute of Australian Geographers Conference , Christchurch, 5-8 July 2010.

Hynes, M., Sharpe, S., 2010, Humour and social change: From ideology to affect, paper presented to The Australian Sociological Association Conference, The Australian National University, Canberra,1-4 December 2009.

May, M., Tranter, P. & Warn, J., 2010, Climate change, peak oil and road safety: finding synergisms to challenge the dominance of speed, Australasian Transport Research Forum Proceedings, 29 September to 1 October, Canberra.

Sharpe, S. & Hynes M., 2010, The laughing dead: Humour and the affective dimensions of social change, paper presented to Joint New Zealand Geographical Society and Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Christchurch, 5-8 July 2010.

Reports

May, M., Tranter, P. & Warn, J., 2010, Towards a Holistic Framework for Road Safety, Report for the NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust, School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy. Available at: http://203.30.79.89/c/rtt?a=sendfile&ft=p&fid=1280717558&sid =

2009 publications

Book - Chapter

Bundy, A., Tranter, P.J., Naughton, G., Wyver, S. & Luckett, T., 2009, Playfulness: Interactions between play contexts and child development, Children Families & Communities: Contexts and consequences (3 rd edition), J. Bowes, R. Grace (eds), Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 76-87.

Journal - Refereed

Bundy, A., Luckett, T., Tranter, P.J., Naughton, G., Wyver, S., Ragen, J.A. & Spies, G., 2009, The risk that there is 'no risk': A simple, innovative intervention to increase children's activity levels, International Journal of Early Years Education, 17(1), 33-45, doi: 10.1080/09669760802699878.

Hynes, M. & Sharpe, S., 2009, Affected with joy: Evaluating the mass actions of the anti-globalisation movement, Borderlands e-journal, 8(3). Available at: http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol8no3_2009/hynessharpe_affected.pdf

Thornton, A.C., 2009, No Garden of Eden?: The impact of resettlement on squatters' 'agri-hoods' in Fiji, Development in Practice, 19(7), 884-894, doi: 10.1080/09614520903122311.

Thornton, A.C., 2009, Pastures of plenty?: Land rights and community-based agriculture in Peddie, a former homeland town in South Africa, Applied Geography, 29(1), 12-20, doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2008.06.001.

Tranter, P.J. & Lowes, M., 2009, Life in the fast lane: Environmental, economic and public health outcomes of motorsport spectacles in Australia, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 33(2), 150-168, doi: 10.1177/0193723509334171.

Tranter, P.J. & Lowes, M., 2009, The crucial 'where' of motorsport marketing: is motorsport now "a race out of place"?, International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 11(1), 60-79.

Conference - Full paper refereed

Connor, J.M. & Griffin, A.L., 2009, The muscle trade: International track and field athlete mobility, colonialism and development, The Australian Sociological Association Conference Proceedings, Stewart Lockie, David Bissell, Alastair Greig, Maria Hynes, David Marsh, Larry Saha, Joanna Sikora and Dan Woodman (Eds), December 2009. ISBN 978-0-646-52501-3.

Hynes, M., Sharpe, S. & Greig, A., 2009, The windschuttle hoax and the problem of truth, The Australian Sociological Association Conference Proceedings, Stewart Lockie, David Bissell, Alastair Greig, Maria Hynes, David Marsh, Larry Saha, Joanna Sikora and Dan Woodman (Eds), December 2009. ISBN 978-0-646-52501-3.

Conference - Abstract

Beckenham, A. & Schaap, R. 2009, The network fetish: Commodifying the user, Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship, ANZCA 2009 Conference, 8-10 July 2009, Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries Precinct.

Conference - Presentations

Bundy A., Wyver S., Tranter P. & Naughton G., 2009, October, The risk is "no risk": A simple innovative intervention to increase children's activity. Invited Symposium: Physical activity in early childhood: Characteristics, influences and interventions. Be Active '09: 7th National Physical Activity Conference, Brisbane .

Bundy, A ., Wyver, S., Tranter, P., Naughton, G., & Ragen, J., 2009, September, Removing "Surplus Safety" from the school playground: An intervention to enhance children's physical activity.   Poster presented at the ARACY National Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Bundy, A ., Tranter, P., Naughton, G., Wyver, S., Luckett, T., Ragen, J., 2009, July, Increasing physical and social play of young children: A low-cost but risky intervention. Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association 10th Annual Conference, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines.

2008 publications

Book - Edited

Thornton, A.C. & McGregor, A. (eds) 2008, Southern Perspectives: Proceedings of the 5th Biennial Conference of the Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet), Dunedin, 3-5 November 2006, University of Otago, Dunedin, ISBN: 978-0-473-13832-5.

Book - Chapter

Thornton, A., 2008, Mixing methods and methodologies in urban agriculture research: A case study of South Africa, in Thornton, A.C. and McGregor, A. (eds), Southern Perspectives: Proceedings of the 5th Biennial Conference of the Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet) , Dunedin, 3-5 November 2006, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Journal - Refereed

Bundy, A., Luckett, T., Naughton, G., Tranter, P.J., Wyver, S., Ragen, J., Singleton, E. & Spies, G., 2008, Playful interaction: Occupational therapy for all children on the school playground, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62(5), 522-527.

Hynes, M.H., Sharpe, S.Q. & Greg, A., 2008, Chasing democracy: Dissent, humour and APEC, Social Alternatives, 27(1), 34-38.

May, M., Tranter, P.J. & Warn, J.R., 2008, Towards a holistic framework for road safety in Australia, Journal of Transport Geography, 16(6), 395-405, doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2008.04.004.

Thornton, A.C., 2008, Beyond the metropolis: Small town case studies of urban and peri-urban agriculture in South Africa, Urban Forum, 19(3), 243-262, doi: 10.1007/s12132-008-9036-7.

Tranter, P.J. & Sharpe, S., 2008, Escaping monstropolis: Child-friendly cities, peak oil and Monsters, Inc., Children's Geographies, 6(3), 295-308, doi: 10.1080/14733280802184021.

Tranter, P.J. & Malone, K., 2008, Out of bounds: insights from Australian children to support sustainable cities, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, 21(4), 20-26.

Tranter, P.J. & Warn, J.R., 2008, Relationships between interest in motor racing and driver attitudes and behaviour amongst mature drivers: An Australian case study, Accident Analysis and Prevention , 40(5) , 1683-1689, doi:10.1016/j.aap.2008.06.003.

Williams, C.P., 2008, Female transnational migration, religion and subjectivity: The case of Indonesian domestic workers, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 49(3), 344-353, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8373.2008.00382.x.

Journal - Non refereed

Tranter, P.J., 2008, How to save time and money: Using the walking school bus to increase your "effective speed", World Transport Policy & Practice, 14(1), 56-63.

Journal - Letter or note

Tranter, P.J., 2008, The journey to school: walking toward a future, World Transport Policy & Practice, 14(1), 3-5.

Conference - Full Paper Refereed

Beckenham, A., 2008, Face off online: Pedagogy and engagement in social network sites, Engaging communities : Proceedings of the 2008 annual international conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc (HERDSA), 1-4 July 2008, Rotorua, New Zealand, M. Barrow & K. Sutherland (eds), HERDSA, Milperra, N.S.W.
Abstract available at: http://conference.herdsa.org.au/2008/pdfs/HERDSAProgramme_v8.pdf .

Conference - Abstract

Smith, S., 2008, A new electoral barometer? Exploring the electoral geography of the Greens in Australian cities, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference University of Tasmania, Hobart , 30 June-2 July 2008.

 

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