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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 how everyday relations between people and nature 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: agriculture and food systems and futures, valuations and practices related to discard and waste, and the more-than-human geographies and politics (particularly biosecurity and pollination). Interdisciplinary in nature, her research emerges from productive confluences and tensions among social and environmental geography, science and technology studies, agrifood studies, and feminist theory. Catherine has taught subjects in geography, environmental science and studies, development studies, and political studies. She coordinates ‘Society and Environments’ (GEOG20001) and ‘Research Methods in Geography’ (GEOG90029) and co-teaches ‘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.