Emeritus Professor Kay Anderson

Emeritus  Professor

Profile photo of Professor Kay Anderson.Kay Anderson has held professorial posts in Australia and the UK where her work has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Smuts Memorial Fund, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Australia Research Council.

Widely published internationally, including of award-winning books, she has research interests in diverse branches of Cultural Geography including: race historiography and critiques of humanism in postcolonial perspective, and; Australia's contemporary urban cultural diversity in trans-Asian context. These interests drew their early inspiration from the work on indigenous/settler relations of her (late) mentor, Professor Fay Gale, at the University of Adelaide.


  • PhD, 1986, Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • BA(Hons), 1979, Geography, University of Adelaide

Awards and Recognition

  • 2009: Elected Fellow, The Institute of Australian Geographers
  • 2008: NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Critical Writing, for the book Race and the Crisis of Humanism (Routledge)
  • 2007: Elected Fellow, The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
  • 2007: Distinguished Scholar Award for Contributions to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic Geography Speciality Group of The Association of American Geographers
  • 2004: Elected Fellow, The Academy of the Social Sciences (UK)
  • 1996-7: The Smuts Visiting Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies to Cambridge University
  • 1995-6: Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellowship to Oxford University
  • 1995: Medal for Scholarship of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia
  • 1993: Vancouver’s Chinatown: Racial Discourse in Canada 1875-1980 awarded the John Porter Prize of the Canadian Sociology & Anthropology Association

Selected Publications

Anderson, K, Ang, I, del Bono, A, McNeill, D & Wong, A 2019, ‘Chinatown unbound: trans-Asian urbanism in the age of China, Rowman & Littlefield, London & New York.

Anderson, K & Perrin, C 2018, ‘Removed from nature: the rise of a modern idea of human exceptionality', Environmental Humanities, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 447-474.

Anderson, K 2014, 'Mind over matter? on decentring the human in human geography'Cultural Geographies, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 3-18.

Anderson, K & Braun, B (eds) 2008, ‘Environment: critical essays in human geography’, Ashgate, London.

Anderson, K 2007, ‘Race and the crisis of humanism, Routledge, London & New York.

Anderson, K, Domosh, M, Pile, S & Thrift, N (eds) 2002, ‘Handbook of cultural geography’, Sage, London.

Anderson, K 2000, 'Thinking post-nationally: dialogue across multicultural, Indigenous and settler spaces', Annals, Association of American Geographers, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 381-91.

Anderson, K 1995, 'Culture and nature at the Adelaide Zoo: at the frontiers of "human" geography', Transactions, Institute of British Geographers , vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 275-94.

Anderson, K 1993, 'Place narratives and the origins of Inner Sydney's Aboriginal settlement, 1972-73', Journal of Historical Geography , vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 314-35.

Anderson, K 1991, ‘Vancouver's Chinatown: racial discourse in Canada, 1875-1980’, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Buffalo.

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