Associate Professor Lisa Law (IAG 'ATLAS' Award) Citation

Associate Professor Lisa Law - Award For Teaching Leadership And Scholarship (ATLAS)

Associate Professor Lisa Law is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in geography and urban studies. She earned her PhD in Human Geography from the ANU in 1997. She has been employed at ANU, the University of Western Sydney, NUS and the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She is currently at James Cook University, where she founded the Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab (TUDLab) and is the Coordinator of the university’s Human Geography Major. Her research focusing on urban spaces in Southeast Asia and tropical Australia has nurtured strong research and educational international links examining: liveability and place-based urban design, the meanings and uses of public space, environmentally responsive design and the role of culture and the arts in place-making.

Lisa’s teaching philosophy has aimed to enrich student and the broader community understandings on the importance of geographical education and research. Her key objective at TUDLab is to provide leadership and education through evidence-based research and to promote a liveable, inclusive, environmentally responsive, resilient and connected community.

The significance of Lisa’s contributions to the discipline were recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia 2020 Awards For Planning Excellence, Queensland, who commended one of the TUDLab’s projects for Cutting Edge Research and Teaching. This was based on her proactive and practical approach to learning, where a tangible outcome benefited the local Council and wider community. The project was recommended by the PIA Awards Committee as a leading example for university based practicum which should be replicated across Australia.