Dr Jennifer Bonham

Senior Lecturer
Dr Jennifer Bonham
  Org Unit Geography, Environment and Population
  Email jennifer.bonham@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 4655
  Location Floor/Room G 24 ,  Napier Building ,   North Terrace

Jennifer Bonham has a background in human geography specializing in urbanization and cultural practices of travel. Currently, her undergraduate teaching focuses on urban processes and urban mobility. Jennifer's research draws on post-structuralist and feminist theoretical frameworks as it explores the complex relationship between bodies, spaces, practices and meanings of travel. Her current research focuses on cycling and the formation of cycling subjects. Jennifer's work is informed by a concern for equitable and ecologically sustainable cities. She is a past member of the organising committee for the Australian Cycling Conference, a current member of the editorial board of the journal Transfers and leads the Mobilities research group within the Centre for Housing and Urban and Regional Planning. 

Teaching 2016

  • Urban Futures
  • Cities in the Developing World
  • Research Methods/Research Design and Methods
  • Planning for Active Travel

  • Spaces of mobility
  • Active Travel
  • Everyday cycling, Cycle tourism
  • Foucault and mobility
  • The subject in poststructuralist theory

PhD and Masters students currently studying with Jennifer are working on  projects in the following areas:

  • Cycling knowledge and cycling policy: Australia and Netherlands comparison - Cathy Jervis
  • Families in 'alternative' housing - Caren Siegfriedt
  • Onroad infrastructure for safe cycling - Fay Patterson
  • Governmentality and mothering children with autism - Karen Williams

PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Cycle Aware: Driving with Bikes

The Australia Research Council recently awarded funding for the project Cycle Aware: Driving with Bikes. This national project investigates whether and how new drivers learn to engage with cyclists through the driver licence attainment process. Findings from the research will be used in developing education and training materials to assist drivers to interact safely with cyclists. The project involves researchers from the University of Adelaide, Monash University and Queensland University of Technology. Industry partner organisations are: Motor Accident Commission, Amy Gillett Foundation, Royal Automobile Association, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, City of Adelaide, Northern Territory Government.

A PhD scholarship based at the University of Adelaide has been made available for the project. This scholarship is a great opportunity for someone who has a first class honours degree (or Masters equivalent), is keen to create safer cyclist-motorist interactions, wants to be part of a committed and energetic cycling research team and is interested in building a research career. Contact Dr Jennifer Bonham, jennifer.bonham@adelaide.edu.au, ph. 08 8313 4655 for more information. 


Current research grants include:

  • Australian Road Research Board - University Research Support Grant Scheme 'Onroad infrastructure for safe cycling', $45,000
  • NRMA - ACT Road Safety Trust 'Learning to drive with bikes: identifying ways to increase safe driving practices' with Dr Marilyn Johnson (Monash University and Amy Gillett Foundation), $93,000
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Project - 'Cycle aware: Driving with bikes': national project to examine education and training for drivers interacting with cyclists.  $180,000

See attached Publications List




Research Tuesday

Streets are alive: Rethinking urban mobility. University of Adelaide public lecture series



Bonham, J., Johnson, M. (Eds.) (2015) Cycling Futures. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press (ebook available as free download)


Book Chapters (2010-2015)

Bonham J, & Burke, M. (fortchoming) Cycling potential in dispersed cities. In J Dodson, N Sipe & A Nelson (Eds.) Planning after Petroleum: Building Cities for the Age After Oil. New York: Routledge. 

Bonham J, & M Johnson (2015) Cycling: Bringing the future into the present In J Bonham and M Johnson (Eds.) Cycling Futures. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.

Nielsen R, & J Bonham (2015) More than a message: Creating cyclists through public safety advertising campaigns. In J Bonham and M Johnson (Eds.) Cycling Futures. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.

Bonham J, Bacchi C, & T Wanner (2015) Gender and Cycling: Gendering cycling subjects and forming bikes, practices and spaces as gendered objects. In J Bonham and M Johnson (Eds.) Cycling Futures. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.

Bonham J, & A Wilson (2012) Women and cycling through the life course: an Australian case study. J Parkin (ed) Cycling and Sustainability, Emerald Publishing: Bingley, UK 


Journal Articles (2010-2015)

Bacchi C, & J Bonham (2014) Reclaiming discursive practices as an analytic focus: Political Implications Foucault Studies 17: 179-192

Wiseman N, Bonham J, Mackintosh M, Straschko O & H Xu (2012) Park and Ride: an Adelaide case study, Road and Transport Research 21(1) pp39-52.

Bonham J & A Wilson (2012) Bicycling and the life course: the start-stop-start experiences of women returning to cycling International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 6(4) 195-213.

Burke M & J Bonham (2010) Rethinking Oil Depletion: What role can cycling play in dispersed cities Australian Planner 47(4) 272-283.

Bonham J & P Cox (2010) The disruptive traveller? A Foucauldian analysis of cycleways Road and Transport Research 19(2) pp43-54.

Bonham J & B Koth (2010) Universities and the Cycling Culture Transportation Research - Part D 15(2) pp94-102. (in top 15 most down loaded articles for Transportation Research Part D March-may 2014)



Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings (2010 - 2014)

Lumb P, Gillfillan K, Bonham J (Eds.) (2013) Australian Cycling Conference 2013: Proceedings of the Fifth Australian Cycling Conference Adelaide 21 - 22 January 2015, Australian Cycling Conference: Adelaide

Bonham J, Lumb P (Eds.) (2012) Australian Cycling Conference 2012: Proceedings of the Fourth  Australian Cycling Conference Adelaide 16-17 January, Australian Cycling Conference: Adelaide

Bonham J, Lumb P (Eds.) (2010) Australian Cycling Conference 2010: proceedings of the second Australian Cycling Conference Australian Cycling Conference: Adelaide


Recent Review Essays and Book Reviews (2010-2014)

Bonham J (2012) Transport for Suburbia  Paul Mees Geographical Research 50(1) 109-111.

Bonham J (2011) Bicycle Politics: Review Essay Transfers 1(1) 145-154.

Bonham J (2010) Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions, Gale Letherby & Gillian Reynolds (eds) Annals of Tourism Research Vol 37(1) 282-284


Recent Non-refereed Publications (2010 - 2014)

Bonham J (2010) Travel Spaces in Daniels C (ed) Adelaide; Nature of a City - Water, Wakefield Press, Adelaide


Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management

Australian Institute of Urban Studies

CategoriesEnvironment, Transport
ExpertiseCycling; sustainable transport, gender and cycling, culture and mobility; urban planning;
NotesJennifer's research focuses on sustainable transport and the built environment. She has particular expertise in cycling as a sustainable mode of transport. She is an on-going member of the organising committee for the Australian Cycling Conference. She is a member of the editorial board of the international journal Transfers, an interdisciplinary journal on Mobility Studies.

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