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Hi All,


The People and Environment Program (PEP) in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT are starting a free online seminar series on human-environment relations.


Our first presenter in 2021 will be Ashraful Alam from Otago University, presenting on ‘reimagining shadow infrastructures’. Ash will be presenting from 3-4pm (AEST) on April 29.


Ash will be exploring the ‘more-than-social’ life of a range of interstitial spaces that evolve between, under and over deliberately designed urban infrastructures. In particular, how do these spaces afford specific performances and privileges to marginalised actors, specifically migrant women? The work being presented will re-imagine urban socio-spatialities as ‘shadow infrastructures’ to inform alternate infrastructural politics in unequal cities.


You can sign up via Eventbrite here:


Keep an eye on the list and @PEP_CUR on Twitter for dates and times for future talks, involving presenters such as Amelia Hine, Angeliki Balanyannis, Franciso Gelvez-Gomez, Bhiamie Williamson, Jenny Atchison and more.


We hope to see you there!



Ben Cooke and Cecily Maller

People and Environment Program (PEP)

Centre for Urban Research






Dr Benjamin Cooke

Senior Lecturer

Program Manager: Bachelor of Environment and Society & Bachelor of Environmental Science/Environment and Society

Research Program co-leader: People and Environment

Sustainability and Urban Planning Discipline & Centre for Urban Research
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University

Ph: +61 3 9925 9943

Office: 08.11.29


I acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands I live and work, respectfully recognising Elders and Ancestors past and present.

Recently published:

The politics of urban greening: an introduction Australian Geographer

Making ecologies on private land: conservation practice in rural-amenity landscapes Palgrave McMillan

Urban greening, property and more-than-human commoning Australian Geographer

Shared personal reflections on the need to broaden the scope of conservation social science: People and Nature

Plant–human commoning: navigating enclosure, neoliberal conservation, and plant mobility in exurban landscapes: Annals of the AAG