Dr Naama Blatman-Thomas

Room 423

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 8627 8754

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Biographical details

Naama joined the University of Sydney in 2019 as a lecturer in urban geography. Previously, Naama was a visiting academic and adjunct lecturer at James Cook University where she undertook research and teaching at the school of social sciences. Naama holds a PhD in politics and government from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and an MA in sociology and anthropology from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. Prior to her academic work, Naama worked for many years in human rights organisations in Israel/Palestine.

Research interests

Naama is an interdisciplinary urban geographer and sociologist whose research engages questions of place, mobility, identity and rights in settler-colonial cities in Israel/Palestine and Australia.

She has carried out research with Indigenous communities - Palestinian citizens of Israel and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in north Queensland - exploring issues of land and property, housing, belonging and activism. More broadly, Naama is interested in questions of Indigenous dis/continuity across time and space and the ways settler colonial cities have themselved been shaped as, and continue to be epicentres of colonial, liberal and capitalist powers.

Naama is currently working on three interrelated projects: developing a book manuscript based on her PhD thesis and post PhD research; researching and writing about Indigenous housing – particularly around dynamics of land, property, informality and segregation – in settler-colonial cities, and; commencing work on the politics of urban memory and Indigenous-settler hi/stories of cities.

Teaching and supervision

GEOS1002 Introductory Geography (Unit Coordinator)

GEOS3333: Geographical Concepts, Skills & Methods (Lecturer)

GEOS2123 Geography of Cities and Regions (Lecturer)

GEOS3520 Urban Citizenship and Sustainabiltiy (Practial Leader)

Current HDR students

Project title

Research student

Place-based rapprochement of the food security vs. food sovereignty debate: an intersectional based policy analysis approach.

Omar Elkharouf

Bounded properties, interconnected ecosystems: watering private wetlands in the Murray Darling Basin, Australia

Nicola Perry

Associations

Institute of Australian Geographers

Australian Sociological Association

American Association of Geographers

The Geographical Society of NSW

Awards and honours

2019 Start Up Research Support; Naama Blatman-Thomas, School of Geosciences/Research Support.

2012-2016 The Zin Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Students, Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

2009 The ‘Jonathan Shapiro Award’ for Outstanding M.A. Dissertations, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Blatman-Thomas, N., Porter, L. (2019). Placing Property: Theorizing the Urban from Settler Colonial Cities. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 43(1), 30-45. [More Information]
  • Blatman-Thomas, N. (2018). Locals, Not Residents: The Reality of Mixedness in a Jewish City in the Galilee. Israeli Sociology A Journal for the Study of Society in Israel, 19(2), 52-73.
  • Blatman-Thomas, N. (2017). Commuting for rights: Circular mobilities and regional identities of Palestinians in a Jewish-Israeli town. Geoforum, 78, 22-32. [More Information]
  • Blatman-Thomas, N. (2017). From transients to residents: urban Indigeneity in Israel and Australia. Journal of Historical Geography, 58, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Blatman-Thomas, N. (2016). Thorough Surveillance: The Genesis of Israeli Policies of Population Management, Surveillance and Political Control towards the Palestinian Minority. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 16(2), 352-354.

2019

  • Blatman-Thomas, N., Porter, L. (2019). Placing Property: Theorizing the Urban from Settler Colonial Cities. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 43(1), 30-45. [More Information]

2018

  • Blatman-Thomas, N. (2018). Locals, Not Residents: The Reality of Mixedness in a Jewish City in the Galilee. Israeli Sociology A Journal for the Study of Society in Israel, 19(2), 52-73.

2017

  • Blatman-Thomas, N. (2017). Commuting for rights: Circular mobilities and regional identities of Palestinians in a Jewish-Israeli town. Geoforum, 78, 22-32. [More Information]
  • Blatman-Thomas, N. (2017). From transients to residents: urban Indigeneity in Israel and Australia. Journal of Historical Geography, 58, 1-11. [More Information]

2016

  • Blatman-Thomas, N. (2016). Thorough Surveillance: The Genesis of Israeli Policies of Population Management, Surveillance and Political Control towards the Palestinian Minority. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 16(2), 352-354.

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