Making sustainable places

About the project

This is the project space for research at the intersections of sustainability and place, including human-animal-object relations. Research projects and interests in this cluster may include:  philosophical, ethical, aesthetic approaches to sustainability; and human- nonhuman relations, particularly in relation to place.


jan bru

Jan Hendrik Brüggemeiers’ artistic interests lay in sound art and spaces for communication in the city. He holds an MFA in Media Arts & Design from the Bauhaus University Weimar, where he graduated from the chair for Experimental Radio. He relocated from London, where he worked for the AA School of Architecture, to Melbourne to take on his Creative PhD at the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University where he now resides. Website:

Alexandra Frith

Alexis Harley

Angie Black

Anne Berg

Claire Selby

Claire Farley

David Hirst

David Hirst composes electroacoustic music and researches music and sound perception. Selected works can be heard on Soundcloud: Some performance highlights of Hirst's work are the selection, in 2012, of a work for the Ear to the Earth site to commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Cage - at Hirst has lectured on electronic music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and La Trobe University, where he served as Head of the Music Department. Hirst studied composition with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham. He has published extensively on electroacoustic music, in journals such as Organised Sound, Array, Chroma, Sounds Australian, New Music Articles, Press Press Magazine. Hirst completed a PhD with a music composition folio and a music psychology thesis at the University of Melbourne, and subsequently became a Senior Research Fellow in the Music and Neurocognition Laboratory of the School of Behavioural Sciences. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor in Music at the Centre for Creative Arts.

Elliott Howard

Felicity Collins

Hester Joyce

Hugh Davies

Jeff Malpas

Joel Zammit

John Hassall

Kristian Haggblom

Kylie Mirmohamadi

Dr Kylie Mirmohamadi is based in the English and History departments at La Trobe University. She is currently working on the 'Cities of Words' project with Associate Prof Susan K. Martin, investigating nineteenth-century literary cultures in Australia and beyond.

Maria Miranda

Marie Santilla

Maya Ward

Natalie Pirotta

Natalie is a painter and a scholar. She is interested in integrating traditional painting with contemporary video art, and her videos can be viewed on Vimeo. She recently completed her PhD thesis in which she wrote about the life and work of the nineteenth Century Australian landscape painter W.C. Piguenit through the prism of psychoanalytic theory, in particular Donald Winnicott’s theories of Transitional Space. As well as a work of scholarly research, her PhD explored the act of creating works of art in the private studio as well as in landscape settings through her own creative practice. Natalie’s artwork engages with popular culture, remixing themes from fairytales, myths, science fiction, and everyday life in her paintings. She has exhibited her work in various galleries in Melbourne, including the Fitzroy Gallery, 69 Smith Street, PerSquareMetre, and the Incinerator Gallery. She has also recently published a piece on the nineteenth century artist Harriet Halligan in Kannunah. You can view samples of Natalie's work on her website -

Neil Fettling

Norie Neumark

Sue Martin

Sue Martin [Susan K. Martin] is an Associate Professor in English and a participant in the Cities of Words project with Dr Kylie Mirmohamadi. She teaches Australian Literature and Victorian Fiction at La Trobe, and is currently Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Suzi Hayes

Tyson Wils

I recently completed a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at La Trobe University. My thesis explored the relationship between technology, aesthetics, and nature. I used the work of Werner Herzog as my case study. For almost ten years I have lectured and tutored in various Australian universities in the areas of media, communication, cinema, and cultural studies. I have also worked as a features film programmer with the Human Rights & Arts Film Festival, a course coordinator/convener with the Melbourne Free University, and a music programmer on the public radio station 3D 93.7. My recent publications include: Umwelt and the Paradoxes of Landscape in Lupu Pick’s Sylvester and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema; “Of the Creatures who are doomed to perish, to fall”: Mythology and Time in Herzog’s Apocalyptic, Science Fiction Films; and four entries in Directory of World Cinema: Germany My recent conference presentations/public lectures include: Docufictions and the Human Rights Film; and Images of War: Aesthetics, Simulation and Fascism For more information go to: