Associate Professor Lisa Law

University Fellow

Dr Lisa Law is a geographer with interests in the relation between people, place and knowledge/power – mostly in Southeast Asia and tropical Australia. She is Editor of Asia Pacific Viewpoint a Wiley journal publishing articles in geography and allied disciplines about the region. Prior to commencing her appointment at James Cook University, she was employed at the Australian National University, the University of Western Sydney, the National University of Singapore and the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Lisa’s research crosses a broad spectrum of social and urban issues, including: global discourses of health promotion, the changing meanings of public space, embodied experiences of migration and cinematic constructions of the region. She is author of Sex work in Southeast Asia:The place of desire in a time of AIDS (Routledge), and co-editor of Alter/Asians:Asian-Australian identities in art, media and popular culture (Pluto Press, with Ien Ang and Mandy Thomas) and a special issue of Urban Studies titled “Contested Landscapes, Asian Cities” (with Lily Kong). Dr Law's research and writing draw on postcolonial theory to help explicate a range of intensively researched empirical sites.

Lisa is currently developing two research projects in the field of tropical urban design and resilience.  The first traces the history and current governance of tropical architecture/urban design in Northern Australia (projects include Tropical Sustainable Design Case Studies, Ingham CBD Master-planning).  The second traces how this knowledge might be put to use in the disaster field in Southeast Asia (see Resilience in Monsoon Asia).

Research Interests

  • Social and urban geography in Southeast Asia
  • Disaster resilience in Southeast Asia and tropical Australia
  • Architecture and urban design for the tropical built environment

Link to Research Publications

Lisa Law



James Cook University
Cairns QLD