Dr Nina Williams

Lecturer in Cultural Geography

Nina Williams is Lecturer in Cultural Geography at UNSW Canberra, a role she has occupied since February 2019.

Nina's research explores conceptual innovations in the fields of non-representational theory, process thought and post-humanism, particularly as they are derived through the philosophies of Felix Guattari, Gilles Deleuze, Henri Bergson and Isabelle Stengers. A central pursuit in Nina’s research is to amplify aesthetics and creativity as salient modes of sensing and engaging geographic work in diverse ecologies of practice. This approach has led Nina to conduct research projects and develop experimental methodological techniques in the contexts of art and curation, fashion and textiles, biodesign and speculative design, walking and mapmaking, and sonic geographies. Nina is also committed to the dissemination of cultural geographic research beyond the academy, having co-organised and secured funding for a range of community and arts-based workshops and exhibitions.  Nina’s current research project is developing a speculative ethical framework for theorising and conducting biodesign practice. 

Nina obtained a BA (hons) in Geography at the University of Manchester in 2011; an MSc in Human Geography: Society and Space at the University of Bristol in 2012; and a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Bristol in 2017. Before commencing her current role at UNSW Canberra, Nina worked as a Research Associate in Urban Living in the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol and as a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.


Book Chapters

Williams N, 2019, 'Non-Representational Theory', in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Second Edition), pp. 421 - 427, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10747-4

Williams N, 2019, 'Reframing politics in art : from representational subjects to aesthetic subjectification', in Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics, Routledge

Journal articles

Williams N; Collet C, 2020, 'Biodesign and the Allure of “Grow-made” Textiles: An Interview with Carole Collet', GeoHumanities, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2373566x.2020.1816141

Williams N, 2020, 'Theorizing Style (In Three Sketches)', GeoHumanities, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2373566x.2020.1798801

Williams N, 2019, 'Listening', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 44, pp. 647 - 649, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tran.12324

Williams N; Patchett M; Lapworth A; Roberts T; Keating T, 2019, 'Practising post-humanism in geographical research', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 44, pp. 637 - 643, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tran.12322

Williams N, 2016, 'Creative processes: From interventions in art to intervallic experiments through Bergson', Environment and Planning A, vol. 48, pp. 1549 - 1564, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0308518X16642769

Cook S; Davidson A; Stratford E; Middleton J; Plyushteva A; Fitt H; Cranston S; Simpson P; Delaney H; Evans K; Jones A; Kershaw J; Williams N; Bissell D; Duncan T; Sengers F; Elvy J; Wilmott C, 2016, 'Co-Producing Mobilities: negotiating geographical knowledge in a conference session on the move', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 40, pp. 340 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2016.1141397