Research Profile

Therese Kenna

Biography

Therese Kenna joined UCC in September 2010 from Sydney, Australia. Therese is an urban geographer and has projects and specialism on: the management, governance and privatisation of urban public space; smart cities, especially the use of ICT and new technologies in the design and development of public spaces for greater engagement and to improve health/well-being; and social exclusion in cities. Her research programme spans Australian and European cities. 

Research Interests

Dr Kenna primarily works in the field of urban social geography and has projects and specialism on: the management, governance and privatisation of urban public space; smart cities, especially the use of ICT and new technologies in the design and development of public spaces for greater engagement and to improve health/well-being; and social exclusion in cities. Her research programme spans Australian and European cities. Current projects include:

CyberParks: Fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces supported by strategies to improve their use and attractiveness.

Gating the city: Local urban sustainability and community planning and politics in Ireland (with Denis Linehan, Will Brady and Jonathan Hall).

Private Neighbourhoods: An examination of the legal structures governing the development, management and lived experience of residents in master planned residential estates in both Australia (with Deborah Stevenson, Robin Goodman and Kathy Douglas) and Ireland.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
CyberParks: Fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces supported by strategies to improve their use and attractivenessCOST Actions01-JUN-1401-JUN-17
From cockroaches to campaigns for acceptance - the poliical geography of forced migration and fear in the Republic of Ireland.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1630-SEP-19€68,300.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Socio-Spatial Practices: An Introduction and Overview'
Kenna, T. and Maksymiuk, G. (2019) 'Socio-Spatial Practices: An Introduction and Overview' In: Smaniotto Costa, C., Šuklje Erjavec, I., Kenna, T., de Lange, M., Ioannidis, K., Maksymiuk, G. and de Waal, M (eds). CyberParks: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology. Switzerland: Springer. [Details]
(2019)'People - Space - Technology: An Ethnographic Approach'
Menezes, M., Arvanitidis, P., Kenna, T. and Ivanova-Radovanova, P. (2019) 'People - Space - Technology: An Ethnographic Approach' In: Smaniotto Costa, C., Šuklje Erjavec, I., Kenna, T., de Lange, M., Ioannidis, K., Maksymiuk, G. and de Waal, M (eds). CyberParks: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology. Switzerland: Springer. [Details]
(2019)'Public Space Engagement and ICT Usage by University Students: An Exploratory Study in Three Countries'
Arvanitidis, P., Kenna, T. and Maksymiuk, G. (2019) 'Public Space Engagement and ICT Usage by University Students: An Exploratory Study in Three Countries' In: Smaniotto Costa, C., Šuklje Erjavec, I., Kenna, T., de Lange, M., Ioannidis, K., Maksymiuk, G. and de Waal, M (eds). CyberParks: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology. Switzerland: Springer. [Details]
(2019)'Social Implications of New Mediated Spaces: The Need for a Rethought Design Approach'
Zammit, A., Kenna, T. and Maksymiuk, G. (2019) 'Social Implications of New Mediated Spaces: The Need for a Rethought Design Approach' In: Smaniotto Costa, C., Šuklje Erjavec, I., Kenna, T., de Lange, M., Ioannidis, K., Maksymiuk, G. and de Waal, M (eds). CyberParks: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology. Switzerland: Springer. [Details]
(2019)'Towards a Framework for Understanding the Synergies between Public Spaces, People and Technologies'
Smaniotto Costa, C., Menezes, M., Kenna, T. and Álvares Franco, F. (2019) 'Towards a Framework for Understanding the Synergies between Public Spaces, People and Technologies' In: Lazarevic, E.V., Vukmirovic, M., Krstic-Furundzic, A. and Dukic, A (eds). Keeping up with technologies to create the cognitive city. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(2017)'Enhancing Places through Technology'
Zammit, A. and Kenna, T. (2017) 'Enhancing Places through Technology' In: Zammit, A. and Kenna, T (eds). ICiTy: Enhancing Places through Technology. Lisbon, Portugal: University of Lusofona Press. [Details]
(2015)'Gating in Urban Ireland'
Kenna, T., Linehan, D., Brady, W. and Hall, J. (2015) 'Gating in Urban Ireland' In: Beyond Gated Communities: Urban Gating and Soft Boundaries. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2015)'Technological Innovations and European Cities'
Kenna, T. (2015) 'Technological Innovations and European Cities' In: Cities of Tomorrow. Brussels: EU. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2019)CyberParks: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology
Smaniotto Costa, C., Šuklje Erjavec, I., Kenna, T., de Lange, M., Ioannidis, K., Maksymiuk, G. and de Waal, M (Ed.). (2019) CyberParks: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology Switzerland: Springer. [Details]
(2017)ICiTy: Enhancing Places through Technology
Zammit, A. and Kenna, T (Ed.). (2017) ICiTy: Enhancing Places through Technology Lisbon, Portugal: University of Lusofona Press.   [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'Teaching and learning global urban geography: an international learning-centred approach'
Kenna, T (2017) 'Teaching and learning global urban geography: an international learning-centred approach'. Journal of Geography In Higher Education, 41 (1):39-55 [Details]
(2017)'Privatising the suburbs: examining the trends and implications of 20years of private residential development in Sydney, Australia'
Kenna, T;Goodman, R;Stevenson, D (2017) 'Privatising the suburbs: examining the trends and implications of 20years of private residential development in Sydney, Australia'. Geographical Research, 55 :269-282 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Editorial'
Foley, R., Kenna, T & Potito, A. (2017) 'Editorial'. Irish Geography, 50 (1) [Details]
(2014)'Imposing Tenure Mix on Residential Neighbourhoods: A Review of Actions to Address Unfinished Housing Estates in the Republic of Ireland'
Kenna, T. and O'Sullivan, M. (2014) 'Imposing Tenure Mix on Residential Neighbourhoods: A Review of Actions to Address Unfinished Housing Estates in the Republic of Ireland'. Critical Housing Analysis, 1 (2):53-62 [Details]
(2010)'Negotiating Community Title: Residents' Lived Experiences of Private Governance Arrangements in a Master Planned Estate'
Kenna, T;Stevenson, D (2010) 'Negotiating Community Title: Residents' Lived Experiences of Private Governance Arrangements in a Master Planned Estate'. Urban Policy and Research, 28 :435-449 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'The City: Complex, Material, Imagined, Lived'
Kenna, T. (2013) 'The City: Complex, Material, Imagined, Lived'. City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 17 (5) [Details]
(2013)'Experiences of 'community' in a gated residential estate'
Kenna, T. and Stevenson, D. (2013) 'Experiences of 'community' in a gated residential estate'. Geographical Research, [Details]
(2011)'Studentification in Ireland? Analysing the impacts of students and student accommodation on Cork City'
Kenna, T; (2011) 'Studentification in Ireland? Analysing the impacts of students and student accommodation on Cork City'. Irish Geography, 44 (2-3):191-213 [Details]
(2010)'Fortress Australia? (In)security and private governance in a gated residential estate'
Kenna, T; (2010) 'Fortress Australia? (In)security and private governance in a gated residential estate'. Australian Geographer, 41 :431-446 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'The Virtuous Discourses of Private Communities'
Kenna, T.E. and Dunn, K.M.; (2009) 'The Virtuous Discourses of Private Communities'. Geography Compass, 3 (4):797-816 [Details]
(2007)'Consciously constructing exclusivity in the suburbs? Unpacking a master planned estate development in western Sydney'
Kenna, T.E.; (2007) 'Consciously constructing exclusivity in the suburbs? Unpacking a master planned estate development in western Sydney'. Geographical Research, 45 (3):300-313 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'Suburban Divides: The Physical and Symbolic Segregation of Suburban Space'
Kenna, T. (2017) 'Suburban Divides: The Physical and Symbolic Segregation of Suburban Space' 2ha – Architecture and Suburbia, 13 . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2015)15th International Scientific Conference VSU
Ivanova-Radovanova, P. and Kenna, T. (2015) ICT and the social life of public spaces: An investigation into the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces, and strategies for improved urban sustainability and attractiveness 15th International Scientific Conference VSU Sofia, Bulgaria, , 04-JUN-15 - 05-JUN-15 [Details]
(2009)State of Australian Cities Conference
Kenna, T.; (2009) Community in Private Residential Estates State of Australian Cities Conference [Details]
(2007)State of Australian Cities Conference
Dunn, K., Kenna, T. and Burnley, I.; (2007) A holistic approach to studying social segregation in Australian cities State of Australian Cities Conference [Details]
(2005)State of Australian Cities Conference
Kenna, T.; (2005) Exclusive suburban 'villages': Master planned estate development and socio-spatial polarisation in western Sydney State of Australian Cities Conference [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2016)Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City: Reshaping Dublin.
Kenna, T (2016) Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City: Reshaping Dublin. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(2013)Ard Sionnach Survey: Report to Residents.
O'Sullivan, M. and Kenna, T (2013) Ard Sionnach Survey: Report to Residents. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
20172017 Wiley Award for Best Paper in 'Geographical Research' (Highly Commended) Institute of Australian Geographers
2013'Geographical Research' Award Institute of Australian Geographers

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACSSS Academic Development Committee Committee member2014 /
Geographical Society of Ireland UCC area representative2011 /
Urban Geography Study Group, Institute of Australian Geographers Co-Convenor (with Donald McNeill)2007 / 2010
Geographical Society of New South Wales, Australia Postgraduate Representative2006 / 2008
Geographical Society of New South Wales, Australia Vice President2008 / 2010

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2017)Conference of Irish Geographers,
Howlett-Southgate, R. and Kenna, T. (2017) Innovating and Disrupting Geographical Research Methods. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], Conference of Irish Geographers, Cork, Ireland , 04-MAY-17 - 06-MAY-17. [Details]
(2015)Conference of Irish Geographers,
Kenna, T. and Vassi, A. (2015) Social Interactions and Encounters in Wireless Urban Public Spaces. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, Belfast , 21-MAY-15 - 23-MAY-15. [Details]
(2014)Cities of Tomorrow: COST Strategic Conference,
Kenna, T. (2014) Cities of Tomorrow. [Oral Presentation], Cities of Tomorrow: COST Strategic Conference, Turin, Italy , 17-SEP-14 - 19-OCT-14. [Details]
(2013)Conference of Irish Geographers,
Kenna, T., Linehan, D., Brady, W., Hall, J. and Williams, M. (2013) Transforming the city: the extinguishment of public rights of way in urban Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, NUI Galway , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)7th International Conference on Gated Communities and Private Urban Governance,
Kenna, T., Linehan, D., Brady, W. and Hall, J. (2013) Gated Communities and Private Urban Governance. [Oral Presentation], 7th International Conference on Gated Communities and Private Urban Governance, University of Brighton, UK , 26-JUN-13 - 28-JUN-13. [Details]
(2011)Conference of Irish Geographers,
Kenna, T.; (2011) Students and the City. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, Limerick, Ireland , 06-MAY-11 - 08-MAY-11. [Details]
(2010)Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Conference,
Kenna, T.; (2010) Protecting Privilege in Gated Residential Estates. [Oral Presentation], Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Conference, London , 01-SEP-10 - 03-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010)New Zealand Geographical Society Conference,
Kenna, T.; (2010) Unlocking gated communities through qualitative research. [Oral Presentation], New Zealand Geographical Society Conference, Christchurch , 05-JUL-10 - 08-JUL-10. [Details]
(2008)Institute of Australian Geographers Conference,
Kenna, T.; (2008) Private Communities in Australian Cities: Exploring the Trend Towards Privately Governed Urban Residential Environments. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Hobart , 30-JUN-08 - 04-JUL-08. [Details]
(2008)Institute of Australian Geographers Conference,
Dunn, K. and Kenna, T.; (2008) Selling Private Communities: understanding the desires for privatised urban residential environments. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Hobart , 30-JUN-08 - 04-JUL-08. [Details]
(2008)Shrinking Sydney's McMansion Diet, Australian Institute of Urban Studies,
Kenna, T.; (2008) Unpacking McMansions. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Shrinking Sydney's McMansion Diet, Australian Institute of Urban Studies, Sydney , 02-APR-08 - 02-APR-08. [Details]
(2007)State of Australian Cities Conference,
Kenna, T.; (2007) Macquarie Links Estate: a gated residential suburb in Sydney. [Oral Presentation], State of Australian Cities Conference, Adelaide , 28-NOV-07 - 30-NOV-07. [Details]
(2007)Institute of Australian Geographers Conference,
Kenna, T.; (2007) Panel Address: Issues for teaching and learning in secondary and tertiary geography. [Invited Oral Presentation], Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Melbourne , 02-JUL-07 - 06-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)Institute of Australian Geographers Conference,
Kenna, T.; (2007) We're not refuges from the real world!: residents motivations for and experiences within a gated community in Sydney. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Melbourne , 02-JUL-07 - 05-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)The Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference,
Kenna, T.E., Dunn, K.M. and Burnley, I.H.; (2007) Expanding the methods and extending the 'measures' for research on residential segregation. [Oral Presentation], The Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference, San Francisco , 17-APR-07 - 21-APR-07. [Details]
(2007)Research Directions in Housing Symposium,
Kenna, T.; (2007) Gated Communities. [Oral Presentation], Research Directions in Housing Symposium, Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia , 17-AUG-07 - 17-AUG-07. [Details]
(2005)Institute of Australian Geographers Conference,
Kenna, T.; (2005) Desperately seeking exclusion: Testing the hypothesis that master planned estates exacerbate socio-spatial exclusivity. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Armidale , 04-JUL-05 - 08-JUL-05. [Details]
(2004)The Geographical Society of New South Wales 8th Annual Honours Conference,
Kenna, T.; (2004) Desperately Seeking Exclusion: The intentions, imagery and socio-spatial outcomes of a master planned estate (Glenmore Park). [Oral Presentation], The Geographical Society of New South Wales 8th Annual Honours Conference, Wollongong , 26-NOV-04 - 26-NOV-04. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork, Ireland Lecturer (Urban Geography)13-SEP-10 /
University of Sydney, Australia Lecturer (Urban Planning)01-SEP-09 / 01-SEP-10
University of Sydney, Australia Deputy Director, Planning Research Centre01-SEP-09 / 01-SEP-10

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2009University of Western Sydney, Australia PhDGeography
2005University of New South Wales, Australia BSc HonsApplied Geography

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Irish Geography Editor01-JUL-16 -
Urban Geography Referee01-MAR-13 -
Landscape Research Referee13-JUN-16 -
Australian Geographer Referee26-SEP-16 -
Housing Studies Referee17-JUN-13 - 17-JUN-13
Australian Geographer Referee01-JAN-12 - 01-JAN-12
Australian Social Policy Association Referee01-JAN-10 - 01-JAN-10
Geographical Research Referee17-FEB-14 - 17-FEB-14
Australian Planner Referee19-MAY-14 - 19-MAY-14

Other Activities

 Description

Expert reviewer for Routledge book proposal (October 2014).

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Dr Kenna is a lecturer in urban geography. She jointly coordinates the MA Geography (Cities, Space and Culture) with Dr Denis Linehan. Therese also contributes to the following modules:

GG1015: Applied Geography

GG2022: Fieldwork

GG2038: Geographical Research Methods

GG3006: Dissertation (Urban Geographies)


Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Kenny Tara Anne Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Cities of Diversity GG2010Cities of Diversity

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