The key goal of the Monash University XYX Lab is to produce knowledge about how space and design shape the causes, consequences and approaches to understanding, controlling and preventing gender inequity in Australia.
Director XYX Lab, Monash University
Design and Architecture, Education, Gender, Sexuality, Social Justice and Human Rights, Women’s Safety
Dr Nicole Kalms is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and founding director of the XYX Lab which leads national research in Space, Gender and Communication. In this role, Dr Kalms is leading two significant research projects Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in the Spaces of Melbourne, Australia, and Women and Girls Only: Understanding the Spaces of Sexual Harassment in Australian Public Transport. These projects are set to establish key partnerships with state and national stakeholders.
Nicole has a PhD in Architecture from Monash University. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Architecture from RMIT and practiced architecture for several years before undertaking a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture (RMIT). Nicole is currently a full time member of Monash University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.
Dr Kalms’ recent contributions the monograph Hypersexual City (Routledge 2017) which examines sexualized representation and precincts in neoliberal cities. Other research includes ‘I’m Here’: Identity and Obscurity in Locative Safety Technology for Women in Neo-Liberal Cities’ (forthcoming 2017) in the edited book series Critiques, ‘Hypersexual Occupations’ (2015) in the edited book Occupation: Ruin, Repudiation and Revolution and ‘Hypersexual Transgressions’ (2014) published in the Architectural Humanities Research Association’s journal Architecture and Culture. Dr Kalms regularly writes for a diverse non-academic audience, and is frequently invited to speak to the public about sexuality and urban space at major national and international cultural institutions.