Urban and Culture

Urban and Culture

The Urban and Culture Research Group explores diverse urban experiences in multiple ways. It highlights its interdisciplinary feature by engaging different disciplines such as sociology, public policy, geography, political science, anthropology, cultural studies and other related areas. While with a particular focus within the East Asian Region, especially Greater China Region studies (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), this research group highlights its particularities by doing research in a comparative manner by engaging existing research across different countries to push forward the theoretical boundary.

This group’s two main strands of research are:

1. Critical urbanism

2. Environmental humanities


Liu Cao Kan Li Lefeng Lin Echo Wang Xianwen Kuang Leif Johnson

Virtual/Visiting Fellows 2022-23

John C. Ryan

John C. Ryan is a writer, teacher, critic, and ethnographer. His current affiliations are Adjunct (Honorary) Associate Professor at Southern Cross University and Adjunct (Honorary) Senior Research Fellow at the Nulungu Institute, Notre Dame University, Australia. He has held academic positions as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University (2012–15) and University of New England, Australia (2017–20). He also served as Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia (2015–20).

His work comprises 18 academic books (authored and edited), 44 book chapters, 86 refereed journal articles, 16 refereed conference publications, and 82 conference and symposia presentations. He has published in high-impact journals such as Educational Theory and Philosophy, Australian Humanities Review, Continuum, Environmental Humanities, Environmental Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Global Media Journal, Oral History Australia Journal, Media International Australia, and TEXT; and with Bloomsbury, Brill, McGill-Queen’s, NewSouth Books, Routledge, Rowman and Littlefield, SUNY Press, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and University of Washington. To date, his research has attracted $218,350 US in competitive international funding.

His poetry and non-fiction have been published internationally by Fremantle Press, Margaret River Press, Arc Poetry Magazine, Australian Geographic, Axon, Cordite Poetry Review, and Griffith Review. Reviews of my work have appeared in Australian Poetry, Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, and Weekend Australian.