Louise is Professor of Australian Studies and Geography at Deakin University. She has worked at Deakin for close to 40 years and has researched the Geelong region since arriving from Sydney in 1979. In particular, her PhD was on the changing gendered division of labour in the Geelong textile industry and subsequent research has examined displaced manufacturing workers, women in the service sector and the growth of the creative industries in the region. All of this work has led to over 60 academic publications, including five books, and been integrated into her teaching. In addition Louise sat on the Northern Futures Steering Committee for eight years and conducted three evaluations of its programs and organisation.