Lisa Law is a geographer researching the politics of urban spaces in Southeast Asia and tropical Australia as part of JCU's new Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab.  Her research crosses a broad spectrum of urban issues, including: the contested uses and meanings of public space, the role of the senses in urban life and the politics of the tropical built environment.

Lisa is Editor of Asia Pacific Viewpoint a Wiley journal publishing articles in geography and allied disciplines about the region. Prior to commencing her appointment at James Cook University, she was employed at the Australian National University, the University of Western Sydney, the National University of Singapore and the University of St Andrews in Scotland.


  • EV1008: Human Geography (Level 1; CNS)
  • EV2301: Urban Geography and Design (Level 2; TSV)
  • EV3404: Field Studies in Tropical Geography (Level 3; CNS)
  • EV5301: Urban Geography and Design (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5404: Field Studies in Tropical Geography (Level 5; CNS)
  • EV5602: Urban Design Studio (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC5901: Special Topic 1 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5902: Special Topic 2 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5912: Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (1 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5913: Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (2 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Social and urban geography in Southeast Asia
  • Disaster resilience in Southeast Asia and tropical Australia
  • Architecture and urban design for the tropical built environment
  • Field studies in tropical geography
  • Studio-based learning for urban design
  • 2004 to 2009 - Lecturer, University of St Andrews (Scotland)
  • 2000 to 2003 - Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • 1999 to 2000 - Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian National University (Canberra)
  • 1997 to 1998 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Western Sydney (Penrith)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 39+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Lisa Law from 2001 onwards.

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Strengthening economic resilience in Monsoon Asia

Indicative Funding
$13,650 over 3 years (administered by University of Western Sydney)
Sharing, reciprocity and resource pooling are at the frontline of recovery and relief when economic crisis or disaster hits Monsoon Asia. This research sheds light on cases where these economic practices have been innovatively harnessed to diversify livelihoods and build economic resilience. Working with contemporary Asian scholars, practitioners in the disaster field and a data set gleaned from multiple sources, including mid-20th century tropical geography texts, the project brings to the fore a regional landscape of diverse economic practices across Monsoon Asia. A cross-regional on-line knowledge community is formed to explore how this asset base might be mobilised towards more effective local development and disaster response.
Katherine Gibson and Lisa Law in collaboration with Darlene Occena-Gutierrez and Oo Win (University of Western Sydney, College of Science & Engineering, University of the Philippines and University of Yangon)
Monsoon Asia; Disasters; tropical geography; Resilience; Post development

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Building cultural and social capital through re-purposing community industrial infrastructure: A Case study of the Tanks Art Centre, Cairns (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Sustainability Assessment of Mountain Biking and Bushwalking in the Baldy Mountain Forest Reserve and Herberton Range State Forest. A Multiple Bottom Line Assessment for the Atherton Tablelands Region (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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