Lisa is a geographer with interests in the politics of urban spaces in the tropical world, from the changing meanings of public spaces to the politics of designing the built environment. Her recent research explores the history of tropical urban design in Cairns, the landscapes of Creative Cities and the role of urban design as a strategy for urban and regional regeneration. She also has an interest in the role of the backyard in creating environmental consciousness.
ArticlesIntroduction Over the past two decades the Cairns landscape has transformed from a remote tourist town beside the Great Barrier Reef to an international, tropical city with a new focus on culture and the arts. A number of important urban design projects have enabled this transformation, including key waterfront redevelopments, the addition of a large shopping mall and convention...Read more