WHAT WE DO
We study the ways in which political and economic practices are entangled in their spatial contexts, from cities and regions, to the nation and beyond. Politics (how we make collective decisions) and economy (how we steward resources to generate livelihoods and reproduce society) are central to the organisation of social and cultural life. We examine their spatiality as both source and outcome of social change at multiple scales. Our staff and postgraduate students research assemblages of practices and actors in both micro (eg. events, organisations) and macro (eg. cities, regions, nations) spaces. We draw on insights from urban, economic and political geography, and are particularly interested in how post-structural ideas and practice-centred methodologies can enrich political economy critique of social change.
CURRENT PEP POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
Salene is a PhD student currently working on a doctorate investigating the place of the public library in the contemporary city. Her other research interests include public space, infrastructures of care and housing.
Georgia is doing doing her PhD on Māori kuku economies with Nick Lewis and Emma Sharp. Her tentative PhD title is: From taonga species to high-value export Commodity, the transformation of Māori kuku economies.
Angus is a recent masters student interested in the intersection between economic geography and just transitions. His thesis explored the formation of regenerative economies in New Zealand. Despite the photo, Angus has a strong affinity with dogs.
Emily is a PhD candidate exploring the ways in which knowledge is produced through life course research in Aotearoa New Zealand. With her Masters thesis exploring the political/moral economy of greyhound rehoming, her interests are quite eclectic and don’t all involve dogs. She’s looking forward to engaging with feminist science and technology studies for her doctorate.
Neil is interested in how particular environments influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, and is currently investigating the psychological role of music festivals. An academic octopus of sorts, Neil has written on digital mental heath geographies, critical toponym studies, and island studies. In his downtime, Neil runs the School of Environment Students Association (RTEA), and plays as a musician for musical theatre shows.
Valentine’s ongoing research which is situated at the intersection between Human Geography and Development Studies comparatively examines educational migrations to Denmark and New Zealand. In using theoretical framings from Pierre Bourdieu and by following the lives of educational migrants in Denmark and New Zealand, Valentine explores the intersection of education, migration and development.
Ingrid is a PhD candidate in the School of Environment exploring the ways Aotearoa New Zealand might move towards just food futures. Her research focusses on alternative biological economies, feminist and more-than-human geography, food sovereignty, and just transitions.