About Me


I am a human geographer who has a research interest in a range of urban and environmental issues, including areas relating to social housing, disaster management,  and water governance.  My main research interest is in the subterranean: what lies beneath surface – in the form of minerals, aquifers, urban undergrounds – and how these underground worlds are imagined, exploited, contested, regulated and materialised. I pursue this interest in my current position as a Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales, building upon teaching and research positions that I have previous held at a variety of universities across Australia (i.e., University of Melbourne, University of the Sunshine Coast, Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and the Australian Catholic University).

I am originally from central Mexico - born in Mexico City and growing up in the nearby urban centre of Puebla - where I complete my first two degrees: a BA (hons) in Cultural Anthropology at the Universidad de Las Américas Puebla, and an MA in Urban Studies and the Environment at El Colegio de México. I then moved to the United Kingdom to complete my PhD in Human Geography at Kings College London, which included an extended fieldwork component in the Yucatan Peninsula in the south-east of Mexico, where I researched the governance of the regions subterraean aquifer.  In 2010, I moved to Australia, living Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast and now, Sydney.

Feel free to contact me via email: marilu.melo@unsw.edu.au, or follow me via Twitter: @marilumelozurit.