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DR Catherine Phillips


  • agriculture and food studies
  • environmental governance
  • everyday practices
  • social and cultural geography



  • Catherine Phillips is a Lecturer in human geography at the University of Melbourne. Her work examines relations between people and environments, particularly in relation to agriculture and food. She is interested in how these relations take shape, become understood, and are contested in everyday life, as well as how they interact with governance efforts at various scales. Recent research orients around two broad themes: the valuations and practices related to discard and waste of agrifood systems, and an exploration of more-than-human geographies and politics (particularly in relation to biosecurity and beekeeping). Interdisciplinary in nature, her research emerges from productive confluences and tensions among social and environmental geography, science and technology studies, agrifood studies, and environmental studies. Catherine has taught subjects in geography, environmental science and studies, development studies, and political studies. She is coordinating ‘Society and Environments’ (GEOG 20001) and co-teaching ‘Research Methods in Geography’ (GEOG ) and ‘Identity’ (MULT10014)    


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University 2015-2016 ; ARC Research Fellow, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland 2014-2015 ; Honorary Fellow, Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong 2013-2015 ; Associate Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong 2010-2013    


Education and training

  • PhD (EnvSt), York University 2008
  • MA (DevSt/PoliSci), University of Guelph 1999
  • BA (PolSci-Hnrs), Wilfrid Laurier University 1996


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I welcome enquiries from prospective students working in areas related to my research expertise.