Andrew Warren – University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia)

Andrew Warren is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Wollongong.

“I am a human geographer with primary research interests in the sub-discipline of economic geography. In capitalist economies one important way people are empowered is through waged employment. My research is informed by the understanding that 1) resources and opportunities for meaningful work are not evenly distributed, and 2) many current economic practices are not sustainable. Combining cultural political economic theory with ethnography I am interested in examining how people can shape more fulfilling livelihoods in vibrant places.

I have pursued a range of empirical case studies – from surfboard manufacturing and Indigenous music to custom car design scenes – tied together by a desire to understand the changing experiences and aspirations of paid work, and the agency of working people. Geographically, fieldwork has taken me from remote communities in rural Australia to bustling streets of Los Angeles. I am passionate about human geography because it is a diverse, integrative discipline capable of bridging social and physical sciences. This makes human geographers well equipped to tackle big picture social, environmental and economic problems.”



Warren, A and Gibson, C (2014) Surfing places, surfboard-makers: craft, creativity and cultural heritage in Hawai’i, California and Australia. University of Hawai‘i Press: Honolulu.

  • Gibbs, L and Warren, A (2015). Transforming shark hazard policy: learning from ocean-users and shark encounter in Western Australia. Marine Policy 58: 116-124.
  • Warren, A (2015) Crafting masculinities: gender, culture and emotion at work.Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography,DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2014.991702.
  • Logue, D, Argent, N and Warren, A (2015) Wipeout? The Gold Coast and Tweed surfboard manufacturing cluster, its spatial evolution and current challenges. Local Economy, 30(1): 119-138.
  • Warren, A (2014) The agency and employment experiences of non-unionized workers in the surfboard industry. Environment and Planning A 46(10): 2300-2316
  • Gibbs, L and Warren, A (2014) Killing Sharks: cultures and politics of encounter and the sea. Australian Geographer 45(2) pp. 101-107
  • Gibson, C and Warren, A (2014) Making Surfboards: Emergence of a Trans-Pacific Cultural Industry. The Journal of Pacific History, 49(1) pp. 1-25
  • Warren, A (2013) Crafting Regional Production: Emergence, Crisis and Consolidation in the Gold Coast Surfboard Industry. Australian Geographer 44(4): 365-381
  • Warren, A and Gibson, C (2013) Making Things in a High Dollar Australia. Journal of Australian Political Economy 71(1): 26-50. Open Access.
  • Gibson, C, Carr, C and Warren, A (2012) A country that makes things? Australian Geographer 43(2): 109-113
  • Gibson, C, Brennan-Horley, C, Laurenson, B, Warren, A, Riggs, N and Gallan, B (2012) Cool places, creative places? Community perceptions of cultural vitality in the suburbs. International Journal of Cultural Studies 15(3) pp. 287-302
  • Gibson, C, Gallan, B and Warren, A (2012) Engaging creative communities beyond the arts in an Australian industrial city. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement 5(1) pp. 1-15
  • Warren, A and Gibson, C (2011) Blue-collar creativity: re-framing custom car culture in the imperilled industrial city. Environment and Planning A 43(11) pp. 2705-2722
  • Morgan, G. and Warren, A (2011) Aboriginal youth, hip hop and the politics of identification. Ethnic and Racial Studies 34(6) pp. 925-947
  • Warren, A and Evitt, R (2010) Indigenous hip hop: overcoming marginality, encountering constraints”. Australian Geographer 41(1) pp. 141-158. (Special issue: Creativity in peripheral places: redefining the creative industries).
  • Gibson, C, Brennan-Horley, C and Warren, A (2010) Geographic Information Technologies for cultural research: cultural mapping and the prospects of colliding epistemologies. Cultural Trends 19(4) pp. 325-348.
  • Waitt, G and Warren, A (2008) Talking shit over a brew after a good session with your mates: Surfing, space, masculinity and ethics. Australian Geographer 39(3) pp. 353-365.
  • Gibson, C, Carr, C and Warren, A (2015) Making things: Beyond the binary of manufacturing and creativity. In The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries, J O’Connor and K Oakley (eds.). Routledge: London, pp. 86-96.
  • Warren, A (2015) Manufacturing Stoke: Emergence, Transformation and Consolidation in the Surfboard Industry. In The Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy, J Clark, J Bryson and V Vanchan (eds.). Edward Elgar: Northampton, pp. 309-325
  • Warren, A (2014) Masculinities and workplace. In Masculinities and Place, A Gorman-Murray and P Hopkins (eds.). Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 415-430.
  • Warren, A and Evitt, R (2014) Young and Savvy: Indigenous music and Regional Cultural Assets. In Bi-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia, P Ashton, R Gibson and C Gibson (eds.). University of Western Australia Press: Perth, pp.135-152.
  • Gibson, C., Gallan, B and Warren, A (2014) Engaging Creativity in Industrial Regions: Mapping Vernacular Cultural Assets. In Bi-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia, P Ashton, R Gibson and C Gibson (eds.). University of Western Australia Press: Perth, pp. 153-168.
  • Warren, A (2013) Mapping Vernacular Creativity in an Industrial City. In All Culture is Local: Good Practice in Regional Cultural Mapping and Planning from Local Government, L. Andersen and M. Malone (eds.). UTS E-Press: Sydney, pp. 42-47.
  • Warren, A and Evitt, R (2012) Indigenous hip hop: overcoming marginality, encountering constraints. In Creative Geographies: Tales from the Margins, C Gibson (ed.). Routledge: London, 142-159

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