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I am an economic and urban geographer interested in (a) how globalisation shapes cities, and (b) how cities and urban space are shaped by globalisation. The first of these themes focusses on 'the global economy' and how various firms, institutions, and industries are distributed across space. This incorporates both existing geographies as well as change over time, as the shifting global economy has dynamic consequences. The second of these focusses more concretely on cities and the dynamics within them. I supervise a broad range of MPhil and Phd projects, and have active collaborations with partners in Australia, North America, Europe, and East Asia.

My specific interests fall into the following three areas:

1. The Sharing Economy, which has been popularised by platforms such as Uber and Airbnb. Little has been done internationally from a geographical perspective, and I am interested in its various facets, including mobility, transport, housing, and space-sharing (parking, office space, etc). This body has specific policy implications for cities, including Brisbane, which aim to position themselves as 'knowledge-based', 'creative', 'innovative' and 'smart' cities through spatial planning and economic initiatives. I currently supervise two PhDs in this area (Sirat Mahmuda, Robert Sobyra) and several more at the Master's and Honours level.

2. Land Use Change and Housing, with a focus on the interrelated processes of gentrification, suburbanisation, property investment, migration, and urban renewal. I am particularly interested in changing urban spatial structure with regard to macroeconomic, and specifically post-industrial, shifts that are occurring in cities around the world. I currently supervise three RHD students in this area (Ayodeji Adeniyi, Rachel Gallagher, Jason Hilder), and am interested in continuing my work on global property markets.

3. Global networks, with a focus on the diverse socio-economic connections between the world's cities. This research theme combines network science, economic geography, and urban studies. Work in this space has been popularised through the 'world cities' literature, which has been widely adopted in policy circles (e.g. 'Brisbane: Australia's New World City') as a catchphrase indicating international commercial connectivity. This work is supported through an ARC Discovery project grant in conjunction with the University of Western Australia and Ghent University.

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