Associate Professor Wendy Shaw
Honorary Associate Professor
Field of Research: 
Human Geography, Social Science methods
Contact details:

Room G14H
Samuels Building (F25)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects


Contemporary research field of whiteness in postcolonial Australia and Indigenous geographies; theoretical debates about identity, specifically concerning urbanism and urbanity, gentrification and cosmopolitanism, and the complex realities of (post)colonial urban life in Australia, and beyond.

Current research includes projects and collaborations that span the Asia-Pacific region, new methodological journeys and fascinating collaborations, which include work with non-social scientists that bring social science and scientific methods together in transformative ways.



Human-Animal Bonds Between Zoo Professionals and the Animals in their care. CIs: V Melfi, G Hosey, L Birke, W Shaw. Collaboration between UNSW, Taronga Zoo, University of Bolton and Chester Zoo (UK).

Accommodating DisabilityCare: Maximising Housing Options in a Reformed Disability Sector. I Wiesel, C Bridge, C Laragy, W Shaw, AHURI (Project code 71040), April 2014 – 2015.

Biodiversity capacity building in Papua New Guinea and sustainable development of its primary industries. G Cassis, G Jackson, C Reid, W Shaw. AUSAID/ Public Sector Linkages Program, UNSW and National Agricultural Research Institute (PNG).

Rip currents: an evidence based approach to managing the greatest beach hazard, ARC Linkage Project with Surf Life Saving Australia, CIs: RW Brander, IL Turner, DT Dominey-Howes, J Goff, WS Shaw, D Drozdzewsk and S Sherker (2011-14).

Coffee Green Scales in PNG: Highland Arabica Coffee and Yield Loss, (UNSW, CABI International & Coffee Industry Corporation PNG) Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (2011-13).



Demographics, surf knowledge and behavioural responses of rip current rescue victims, funded by Surf Life Saving Australia (2011).

A historical geography of cotton farming in NSW & QLD: adaptation and adoption, funded by Cotton Catchment Communities CRC Ltd (2010 - 2012).

Treechange migration to the NSW Southern Highlands: motivations and outcomes of urban to rural migration, Regional and Rural Research Development Grant, Department of Infrastructure and Transport, CI: D Drozdzewski (2010-11).





Shaw WS, 2007. Cities of Whiteness, Blackwell Wiley, Oxford (Antipode series).



A life in Cotton: The Birth of the Modern Cotton Industry in Australia. Trailer at: Contact Wendy for details/to obtain a copy.