The NZGS Post/Graduate Network has been initiated to strengthen the Geography discipline, build future capacity, and enhance the experience, skills and feelings of belonging among Geography post/graduates across New Zealand universities.
We aim to develop a support network where students can discuss, share and learn about issues that directly affect them.
To develop the Network’s capacity and generate fellowship, we aim to hold regular postgraduate workshops, theme-based webinars through the access grid, and national workshops at the biennial NZGS Conference.
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University of Auckland
Bill is doing a PhD in Geography, examining the influence of Ken Cumberland's 'Landmarks' TV series in New Zealand, and exploring contemporary prospects for cultivating geographical imagination through new media.
University of Waikato
Tegan is in her second semester of a B.Soc.Sci Honours in social/cultural geography at the University of Waikato. Her current research examines the ways and means sport becomes inscribed onto the bodies of participants. She aims to carry on to Masters study next year, continuing to focus on bodies that move.
Sandi is currently studying at the University of Waikato and is undertaking a Masters of Social Science in human geography, critical tourism studies is her supporting subject. Her thesis examines how Māori values are integrated into Māori tourism spaces and places. Sandi investigates Aotearoa’s tourism development strategies and State sponsored branding juxtaposed with the voices of Māori tourism providers with an aim to understand how notions of positioning, power and leadership are maintained and/or disrupted.
Simon is undertaking a PhD at Massey University in Physical Geography within the Institute of Natural Resources in conjunction with Landcare Research Ltd. His research is focused around employing a ‘sediment fingerprinting’ technique in the Manawatu Catchment whereby fine sediment can be traced from their erosion sources and differentiated based on geochemical signatures. This will allow identification of key land areas, types of erosion processes and land uses that contribute fine sediment into the river catchment. His previous MSc work focused on developing a GIS coupled water budget for high resolution spatial and temporal analysis of water resources in the Horowhenua, New Zealand.
University of Canterbury
Jasna is a PhD student at the University of Canterbury's Department of Geography. Her thesis examines community based learning (CBL) in post-disaster recovery. She is exploring the possible impacts CBL projects can have on the post-disaster recovery of communities in New Zealand and worldwide.
Nick is a PhD candidate at Lincoln University studying water governance in the Canterbury region. Before starting his PhD he authored articles on climate change mitigation, common-pool resource governance of fisheries and collaborative approaches to water planning. He has an interest in human, environmental and economic geographies, with a particular focus on how power interacts with and shapes space and place.
University of Otago
Jerram is a PhD student at the University of Otago. His research explores the post-conflict reconstruction of rural livelihoods in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone.
Past Postgraduate Representatives
Gradon Diprose, Victoria University
Kat Longstaff, University of Auckland
Amanda Thomas, Victoria University
Joanne Stevenson, University of Canterbury
Collette Starheim, University of Canterbury
Gail Hutcheson, Waikato University
Cherie Todd, University of Waikato
Marc Tadaki, University of Auckland
Ruth Markham-Short, Lincoln University
John Appleby, Massey University
Peter Chamberlain, Lincoln University
Jonathan Conway, University of Otago
Sarah Edwards, Lincoln University
Claire Gregory, University of Auckland
Jessica Keppel, University of Waikato
Marcela Palomino-Schalscha, Victoria University
Ben Payne, University of Otago
Jane Richardson, Massey University