Geographies of Land, Home and Place brings together our expertise in understanding the places and land systems on which we live, how we are housed and the social and cultural geographies of inclusion and belonging.  

Our research engages directly with geography as a discipline from a local to global scale, engaging with ideas like space, place, temporality and human-environment relations. Our disciplinary engagement with geography also extends to critical understandings of issues like governance, institutions and socio-ecological change. 

We interpret the ‘urban’ focus of the centre broadly, with an interest in the processes and relations across scales and over time that shape our lives.

Research focus areas include housing, land, urban policy, homelessness, displacement and dispossession, inclusion, urban ecologies, social and cultural issues and urban cultures.

Acknowledgement of Country

Research that is concerned with themes of land, home and place in the context of colonial systems and institutions has a responsibility to engage with First Nations sovereignty and self-determination.  

Members of the Geographies of Land, Home and Place research theme acknowledge that sovereignty over the land on which we conduct much of our work has never been ceded. We acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and acknowledge unceded sovereignty over lands and water across the continent.  

We recognise Ancestors and Elders past and present, and their ongoing cultural responsibilities to Country and its care. We are committed to supporting caring for Country in our work and professional conduct. 

Key People

Associate Director & Deputies

Benjamin Cooke

Benjamin Cooke

Associate Director, Geographies of Land, Home and Place

Iris Levin

Iris Levin

Deputy Associate Director, Geographies of Land, Home and Place

David Kelly

David Kelly

Deputy Associate Director, Geographies of Land, Home and Place


High Degree Research Students


Towards climate resilient families


Mapping intersections of gender and place-based responses to summer heat vulnerability.

Deep Timetable: A Noongar Rail History


The Project will advance a new relational logic and a history that enhances the capacity of regional planning and development authorities in their future relationship with Indigenous people.

Voicing First Nations Country, community, and culture in urban policy


This research project, funded by AHURI, collaborates with First Nations custodians in major urban centres to learn from and listen to their experience of attempting to engage with urban policymakers intervening on their Country.

Understanding The Drivers And Outcomes Of Public Housing Relocation


The project aimed to understand what drives the need for tenant relocation in public housing and how such drivers mediate practices and resident experiences.

Precarious Dwelling: Encounters with Housing Crisis


This project investigates contemporary conditions of dwelling precarity on stolen Indigenous land.

Housing temporary migrants: investigating challenges and policy opportunities


This Investigative Panel establishes the housing circumstances and experiences of temporary visa holders (TVHs) in Australia and provides critical evidence of challenges and opportunities in the development of housing policy and service provision.

Getting off the waiting list: Changing access to housing assistance


This project is part of the ‘Inquiry into supporting pathways in a social housing system’, led by Chris Martin (UNSW).

Rebuilding a Place to Call Home in Ukraine


More an ongoing effort than a 'project', CUR has a been a strong supporter and participant in the knowledge exchange for recovery, working intensely with Ukrainian housing and urban researchers, since the escalation of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Understanding the assumptions and impacts of the Victorian Public Housing Renewal Program


This research project aimed to evaluate the claims of the PHRP and its underlying model in order to establish an accurate evidence base and assess the anticipated impact of the model on public housing residents in Melbourne.

Digital innovations, PropTech and housing – the view from Melbourne


This research is concerned with the collection, digitisation and use of housing information in Australia.

Upper Stony Creek transformation: Impact on health, liveability, and connection to nature


This project will collect qualitative data after the transformation of the Upper Stony Creek, to better understand how urban greening projects impact resident perceptions of wellbeing, especially in disadvantaged areas with a lack of greenspace.

Building materials in a circular economy


This project uses a circular economy framing to investigate use and waste in material supply chains to contribute knowledge so that the housing construction sector can reduce, reuse, recycle and recover resources and rely much less on virgin material

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Australia had rent control in wartime. War on coronavirus demands the same response

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