Professor Louise Johnson has been awarded the Australia-International Medal by the Council of the Institute of Australian Geographers.
Professor Johnson, from the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, was presented with the award at a recent ceremony at Macquarie University in Sydney.
“The medal is awarded in recognition of either outstanding contributions by Australians or Australian-based geographers to the advancement of Geography world-wide or of outstanding contributions to the understanding of the geography of Australia by geographers permanently residing in Australia,” said Associate Professor Phil McManus, vice-president of the Institute.
“This is a significant professional acknowledgement and I congratulate Louise on her award.”
Professor Johnson’s research has significantly advanced, and introduced Australian perspectives to, Human Geography world-wide.
She has been particularly instrumental in defining, elaborating, circulating and extending Feminist Geography, and bringing this and other critical perspectives (such as Post-colonial Theory) to bear on Urban, Economic and Cultural Geography both within Australia and globally.
Her work on the textile workplace, suburban housing, and the role of culture in the renewal of cities has contributed across a broad range of subjects, legitimising the study of gender and sexuality, as well as of domestic spaces and the creative arts, in Human Geography.
She has an established international reputation, an extensive record of grants and publications, and intervenes in public debates.
“Receiving the medal is a great personal honour,” Professor Johnson said.
“I also believe it is recognition for Deakin University as its research reputation continues to grow both here in Australia and internationally.”