Researcher

Mr Taylor Francis Coyne

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Biography

Taylor is a Geography PhD student in the Environment and Society Research Group at UNSW. Focusing on urban political ecology, his work explores the relationships between water, urban design, Indigenous knowledges, stormwater infrastructures, soundscapes and justice in the context of metropolitan waterscapes across Sydney.

Taylor completed his Masters at UNSW in Environmental Management and took the opportunity to be part of a research project...view more

Taylor is a Geography PhD student in the Environment and Society Research Group at UNSW. Focusing on urban political ecology, his work explores the relationships between water, urban design, Indigenous knowledges, stormwater infrastructures, soundscapes and justice in the context of metropolitan waterscapes across Sydney.

Taylor completed his Masters at UNSW in Environmental Management and took the opportunity to be part of a research project that focused on understanding current general public knowledge of stormwater and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) assets in Georges River Catchment, so that it can inform local governments on how best to approach future legislations and implementation of WSUDs.

Taylor's honours research saw him work in northern Uganda, investigating the political ecology surrounding the small-scale fish farming industry that has emerged as a "sustainable livelihoods" option for many in the aftermath of conflict. This project was focused on listening to local actors involved in the supply chain of fish, and sought to creative a narrative for how to better understand the complexities that have emerged in this particular region.  

Much of Taylor’s work draws on his interdisciplinary background engaging with creative arts to think through how ecological issues might be thought of and communicated more affectively. Using sonic studies to frame his most recent research into waterscapes has led Taylor to the underground and thinking though how the sounds of aquifers might offer depth to the way epistemic injustices might be thought of and resolved.

At the heart of his research, he is interested in how marginalised communities come to understand water, and how previous and current political structures shape the futures of how water is thought of.

 


My Qualifications

From the University of New South Wales: 

  • Master of Environmental Management (excellence) 2019 
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours - First Class) 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) 2017 

From the University of Sydney: 

  • Bachelor of Visual Arts 2011 

My Awards

  • The Orica Ronnie Harding Award (best performance in the Master of Environmental Management)
  • Finalist: Association Rés-EAUx “Regards de pêche (Fishing Reflections)” Photography Exhibition, Paris Nanterre University 

 


My Teaching

Taylor has been an Academic Tutor for ARTS1240 Environment and Society, ARTS1241 Environmental Activism and Advocacy and ARTS2240 Environment, Sustainability and Development. Taylor has guest lectured for ARTS3241 Environmental Justice. 

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Location

Morven Brown Building, LG48