A/PROF David Bissell

A/PROF David Bissell


  • mobilities, transport, cities, technologies, labour, embodiment, performance, affect



  • David is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Geography. He combines qualitative research on embodied practices with social theory to explore the social, political and ethical consequences of mobile lives. His research draws on cultural geography and mobilities research to investigate contemporary social problems involving mobility-labour relationships. Recent and forthcoming research projects are about the impact of commuting on cities; how mobile working practices are reshaping the home; and how new forms of workplace artificial intelligence are impacting on employment futures and family mobilities. David graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2003 with a BA in Geography. He undertook his ESRC-funded postgraduate studies at Durham University, graduating with a Masters in Research Methods in 2004 and a PhD in Human Geography in 2008. He was lecturer in human geography in the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton between 2008 and 2009. He was lecturer, then senior lecturer in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University between 2009 and 2017. He moved to the University of Melbourne in 2017. Originally from Norfolk, he is grateful for the inspiration that Stalham High School and the City of Norwich School provided. David is Managing Editor of Social & Cultural Geography, and is the Steering Committee Chair for AusMob, the Australian Mobilities Research Network.   


Member of

  • Institute of Australian Geographers. Member Cultural Geography Study Group 2009 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2016-2019 Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP160103771. Living Apart Together: How Mobile Work is Transforming Home. 2016-2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP160100979. Enhanced Humans, Robotics and the Future of Work. 2012-2015 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA) DE120102279. Stressed Mobilities: Understanding the Significance of the Commute for City-Workers.   


Education and training

  • PhD, Durham University 2008
  • MA, Durham University 2005
  • BA, University of Cambridge 2003



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I welcome enquiries from prospective students working in areas related to my research expertise. I am currently primary supervisor for five PhD students: Vickie Zhang (commenced 2017), Nida Mollison (commenced 2018), Adam Moore (commenced 2018), Elisabetta Crovara (commenced 2018), Lyn Gallacher (commenced 2018).