Nicole is Lecturer in the Department of Resource Management and Geography at The University of Melbourne. Nicole is an urban geographer with research interests in urban restructuring, urban governance, power and participation, social movement and resident activism, housing and home. She specialises in theoretically-driven urban case studies and qualitative research methods. In 2011-2012 Nicole was project leader on an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute project: 'The impact of third party objection and appeal on higher density and social housing' (p30678) and in 2005-2006 she held a research fellowship on the project 'Banking on Housing; Spending the Home', supported by the ESRC/AHRC (RES-154-25-0012) University of Durham, UK. Nicole's research interests focus on two key aspects of urban geography. 1) Urbanisation, power and participation Through a series of contemporary and historical case studies, Nicole's research has explored questions of power and participation in the context of urban change. Her doctoral research centralised social movements as key drivers of urban change and agents in the creation of socially and environmentally just cities. More recently, Nicole has identified new configurations of home-owner-based activism against more compact city forms. Adopting a post-structuralist lense, Nicole's research emphasises the diverse agents gathered in the achievement of sustainable urban futures; the relations of power through which these agents operate; and the temporary and fragile ways in which deliberative practices emerge against the odds. 2) Housing, home and assemblage Incorporating diverse qualitative methodologies (including telephone interviews, home tours and object-based methods) Nicole has also interrogated practices of mortgage-led consumption to explore the economic, social and psycho-social dimensions of housing and home. With project leader Professor Susan J Smith and colleague Dr Beverley Searle, Nicole has developed a materia
Nicole currently holds a University of Melbourne Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grant (2013): Integrating current web-based socio-spatial data with existing LMS, lecture capture, tutorials and assessment to develop immersive learning experiences in the social sciences.
Education and training
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University Hamilton 2012