Urban Oceania

Exploring Urban Social Change in Oceania

Reading Group

Each week members of the collective come together to discuss an article concerning urban social change in Oceania. We meet online at 6PM Australian Eastern Time on Mondays. The session is made up from a collection of early career researchers, post graduate students, and undergraduate students. The session currently has students from Monash University, the University of Melbourne, Latrobe University, and Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Members come from a variety of disciplines including Anthropology, Development Studies, Pacific Studies, Geography, and Urban Studies to name a few. We welcome new members regularly. If you are interested in joining the group please express your interest below.


  • Lucas Watt

    I am a Post-Doctoral researcher on the ERC-funded TransOcean Project at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norway. My portion of the project sets out to analyze maritime mobilities, exchange, and conservation, in the increasingly securitised region of Oceania. I graduated with a PhD from the School of Media and Communications at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University. My ethnographic fieldwork in Suva Fiji analyses how rural-urban migrants living in “informal settlements” articulate tradition in urban spaces.