Miriam Williams

Geography and Planning
Macquarie University


PhD, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours Class 1), University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Research Interests

I am an urban geographer whose work focuses on care, justice, sustainability, diverse economies and commons in the city. In 2017 I commenced my current role at Macquarie University as a lecturer in Geography and Planning. As an emerging Urban Researcher I am interested in how urban life could be made more just and caring for people and planet. I am currently the Director of the Bachelor of Planning and co-convenor of the Cities, Planning and Governance research Cluster in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie.

In 2013 I received my PhD from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. This work was published in Antipode, Urban Studies, Area, Geographical Research and Cities. In June 2018 I was invited to present a Keynote at the Institute of Australian Geographers Urban Study Group Symposium on Cities of Care. This paper is now published in Cities.  In 2018 my paper titled Care-full Justice in the City was released online by the Antipode Foundation as part of a curated collection connected to the Association of American Geographers Annual Antipode lecture. 

I am currently working on four research projects. a research project on Care-full food justice: community food initiatives across Metropolitan SydneyThe Australian Sustainable Household Database (with Assoc/Prof Kristian Ruming, Assoc/Prof Donna Houston and Dr Sara Fuller), the Vertical Villages Communty, Place and Density Pilot for Churches Housing and Baptist Care (With Prof Amanda Wise, Dr Emma Mitchell, Assoc/Pof Kristian Ruming and Kate Cavanaugh) and a writing a book on Care and the City with Dr Emma Power from WSU.