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The Australasian Cities Research Network (ACRN) 'Speaking Out Series' focuses on the ways in which urban research can work to - inform urban policy / practice, contribute to public debate / social movements, and/or support / drive sustainability-led change. An explicit part of the seminar series is rendering more visible and making more explicit the ways in which urban policies and practices are inextricably entangled with questions of Indigenous sovereignty, environmental crises, and social equity.

In this first seminar of the series, join 5 inspiring women in urban research from across the career span and disciplines share their thoughts and research on these themes, as well as perspectives on gender equity in the academy, professions, and urban space. The link to the event is here:


Speakers include:
  • Honorary Professor Louise JohnsonAlfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
  • Dr Virginia MarshallInaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow, RegNet & Fenner Schools, Australian National University
  • Dr Dorina Pojani, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Emma Power, School of Social Sciences, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
  • Dr Lisa StaffordSenior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow School of Public Health and Social Work Queensland University of Technology
Chaired by Professor Nicole Gurran (The University of Sydney) and Associate Professor Wendy Steele (RMIT University)

I acknowledge and pay my respects to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of the Wurundjeri people on whose lands I live, learn, research, work and teach. I recognise that these lands and all urban areas in Australia have never been ceded. I commit to situating my research in relation to Indigenous sovereignty and learning how to live and work together on Country.