About

Lisa Law is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in geography and urban studies.  Her research focuses on the politics of urban spaces in Southeast Asia and tropical Australia, and crosses a wide spectrum including:  the contested meanings and uses of public space, the role of the senses in urban life, and how place-based urban design can play an important role in cooling tropical cities as well as regenerating regional towns.  She is founder of JCU's Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab, an interdisciplinary team of geographers, architects, sociologists and planners interested in urbanism in the tropics. Lisa is Editor-in-Chief 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.

 

Teaching
  • 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)
  • SC5900: Special Topic (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • 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)
Interests
Research
  • Social and urban geography in Southeast Asia
  • Disaster resilience in Southeast Asia and tropical Australia
  • Architecture and urban design for the tropical built environment
Teaching
  • Field studies in tropical geography
  • Studio-based learning for urban design
Experience
  • 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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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Cairns Regional Council - Contract Research

State of the Arts in Cairns

Indicative Funding
$22,000
Summary
Cairns Regional Council has aspirations to become the Arts and Culture Capital of Northern Australia and has embedded this in their Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022. This research works alongside the Strategy to: * Develop indicators that can measure the extent and change in the arts and creative industries over time (using Census data, Council/Stakeholder data) * Identify opportunities for growth in the creative sector (using the Culture Map, interviews with arts/culture industries). * To produce a State of the Arts in Cairns Report summarising the data and analysis (which can inform appropriate, place-based development of creative industries policies).
Investigators
Lisa Law and Russell Milledge in collaboration with Bruce Prideaux (College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, Society & Education and Central Queensland University)
Keywords
Cairns; Arts; cultural mapping; Culture; creative city; culture industries

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Strengthening economic resilience in Monsoon Asia

Indicative Funding
$13,650 over 3 years (administered by University of Western Sydney)
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
Monsoon Asia; Disasters; tropical geography; Resilience; Post development
Supervision

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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.

Current
  • 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)
  • Building cultural and social capital through re-purposing community industrial infrastructure: A Case study of the Tanks Art Centre, Cairns (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 1 collaboration
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