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Nicole Kalms is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design and founding director of the Monash University XYX Lab which leads national and international research in Gender and Place. In this role, Dr Kalms is leading two significant research projects Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in Cites and Women and Girls Only: Understanding the Spaces of Sexual Harassment in Public Transport. These projects are in partnerships with state, national and international 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 Art, Design and Architecture where she is focused on cross-disciplinary teaching and research.


Dr Kalms’ recent contributions include the monograph Hypersexual City: The Provocation of Soft-Core Urbanism (Routledge 2017) examining sexualized representation and precincts in neoliberal cities. Other research includes 'Urban exposure: Feminist crowd-mapping and the new urban imaginary' in the Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries (2018), ‘I’m Here’: Identity and Obscurity in Locative Safety Technology for Women in Neo-Liberal Cities' (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.


Research interests



Spatial Practice

Spatial Media

Critical Studies




Gender Equality


Supervision interests



Spatial Practice

Spatial Media

Critical Studies


Education/Academic qualification


3 Mar 20115 May 2017

Award Date: 30 May 2017

Landscape Architecture, Masters (Research), RMIT University

Award Date: 25 May 2006

Architecture, Bachelor (Hons), RMIT University

Award Date: 17 Mar 1998

Research area keywords

  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Feminism
  • Urbanism
  • Hypersexuality
  • Gender equality
  • Reduced Inequalities

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Improving the Safety of Women and Girls on Public Transport

Taft, A., Kalms, N., Bawden, G., Matthewson, G., Hooker, L., Forsdike-Young, K. & Henry, N.


Project: Research

Design Thinking Workshop: Moreland City Council

Kalms, N., Bawden, G., Edwards, A., Korsmeyer, H. & Condliffe, Z.


Project: Consultancy

Research Output

Designing Women

Kalms, N., 2019, Artichoke, 66, p. 118-121 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationShort ReviewResearch

More lighting alone does not create safer cities. Look at what research with young women tells us

Kalms, N., Hunt, T. & Yang, H., 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Safety after dark: Creating a city for women living and working in Sydney

Matthewson, G., Webb, I., Kalms, N., Committee for Sydney & Plan International, 2019, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Committee for Sydney. 32 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Open Access

Urban exposure: Feminist crowd-mapping and the new urban imaginary

Kalms, N., 2019, The Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries. Lindner, C. & Meissner, M. (eds.). Oxon, UK: Routledge, p. 159-170 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


2018 Dean's Award for Research Impact

Kalms, Nicole (Recipient), Bawden, Gene (Recipient), Pamela Salen (Recipient), Matthewson, Gill (Recipient), Allison Edwards (Recipient) & Hannah Korsmeyer (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2019 Premier's Design Awards - Service Design: SHEcity - Finalist

Kalms, Nicole (Recipient), Bawden, Gene (Recipient), Berry, Jess (Recipient), Pamela Salen (Recipient), Hannah Korsmeyer (Recipient), Allison Edwards (Recipient) & Zoe Condliffe (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Faculty Early Career Researcher Award 2016

Kalms, Nicole (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Mollie Holman University Medal 2017

Kalms, Nicole (Recipient), 27 Apr 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Advancing Women’s Research Success Grant

Kalms, Nicole (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Other distinction


Brisbane 2033: Planning a Post-Olympics Legacy

Gordon Price (Contributor), , Emma Thomas (Contributor), , Stephen Yarwood (Contributor), & Nicole Kalms (Contributor)

10 Mar 2020

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

MPAVILION: 'MMeets Royal College of Art London x MPavilion Presents 'What is Home?'

Nicole Kalms (Contributor)

11 Feb 2020

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

21st-century Family

Mary Featherston (Contributor), , Skye Haldane (Contributor), , Nicole Kalms (Contributor), , Tristam Meecham (Contributor), & Kate Rhodes (Contributor)

24 Nov 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Global Leadership Program Innovative Leaders Series

Nicole Kalms (Keynote/plenary speaker)

24 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

The Politics of Public Space

Nicole Kalms (Contributor)

15 Apr 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar