Miriam Williams

Senior Lecturer
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 cultural 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 coordinator of the Bachelor of Planning.

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. 

My research explores everyday practices of justice and care in the city with a specific focus on community and urban commons. My current research focuses around five main areas:

  • Care-full Justice in the city
  • A Feminist Ethics of care and the politics and practices of care
  • Sustainability Practices
  • Food justice and community food initiatives
  • Diverse Economies, post-capitalist politics and commoning