Director, UOW Global Challenges Program & Professor of Human Geography, University of Wollongong
Urban and regional geographer with background in cultural-economy, tourism and regional development. His most recent books are Outback Elvis: The story of a festival, its fans & a town called Parkes (2017, NewSouth, with John Connell), Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers: Craft, Creativity and Cultural Heritage in Hawai’i, California and Australia (2014, University of Hawai'i Press, with Andrew Warren), Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life (2013, with Carol Farbotko, Nick Gill, Lesley Head and Gordon Waitt) and Music Festivals and Regional Development (2012, Ashgate, with John Connell).
Since 2000, planning authorities in Australia have overseen a massive rezoning of inner-city industrial land to make way for mixed-use residential development. They claim central industrial space is obsolete in a...