I am Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Geography. I combine qualitative research on embodied practices with social theory to explore the social, political and ethical consequences of mobile lives. My research draws on cultural geography and mobilities research to investigate contemporary social problems involving mobility-labour relationships. This research programme has been developed through four Australian Research Council funded projects:
1. Commuting Life: Labour Mobilities and Transformations in the Twenty-First Century City (2012-2016, DE120102279). This project explored how the stresses and strains of travel to and from work emerge, play out through home and work life, and impact on the longer-term wellbeing of city workers. Through extensive fieldwork in Sydney, this project developed a richer understanding of how commutes are transforming city life, contributing to geographical debates on habit and the performative dimensions of routine. It culminated in the book ‘Transit Life: How Commuting is Transforming Our Cities’ which was published by MIT Press in 2018.
2. Living Apart Together: How Mobile Work is Transforming Homes (2016-2020, DP160103771). This project, with Co-I Andrew Gorman Murray and Libby Straughan, is exploring how households cope with the personal and family pressures when one partner works away from home for days, or even weeks, at a time. Through fieldwork with mobile workers and their partners, we are developing new ways of understanding how repeated cycles of being together and then apart impact on wellbeing, and we are using these insights to contribute to geographical debates on distance and separation.
3. Enhanced Humans, Robotics and the Future of Work (2016-2020, DP160100979). This project, with Co-Is Anthony Elliott, Thomas Birtchnell and Eric Hsu, is exploring how robotics and artificial intelligence impact upon individuals, communities,