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Claire Freeman

Position:

Professor

Qualifications:

BA\(Rhodes) MA(Witw) PhD(Leeds) PGDipTP PGDipEnvMan(C England)

Office Hours:

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Teaching

is mainly in the Master of Planning programme with teaching involvement in the following papers:


Claire also contributes to:

Research Interests

These are in the general field of urban geography and environmental planning and development, notably:

  • Planning and development of the natural environment; biodiversity and conservation planning, open space planning.
  • Role of domestic gardens in urban biodiversity planning:
  • Long term project looking at garden biodiversity.
  • Planning with children; children and young people's participation in planning and the environment and environmental education and
  • Sustainable settlements; focusing on community planning and planning for the natural urban environment

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PhD Supervision Available

Due to recent completions and completions in early 2017 of my current PhDs I have capacity to take on new PhD students in 2017. My current research projects and areas where I would be keen to supervise PhD students are as follows:

  1. Urban nature connection
  • Urban greening strategies
  • Nature connection across the ages
  • Biodiversity planning and development
  1. Children young people and planning
  • Young children’s conceptions of cities and city form
  • Planning urban areas with children and young people
  • Children’s environments
  1. Community development/planning for better urban areas

If you are interested in any of the above or in a related field of urban planning and development, biodiversity planning or community planning and development please email me at cf@geography.otago.ac.nz. I am happy to supervise students who wish to do research in New Zealand, the Pacific or in the student’s home country or country of interest. The University of Otago has generous PhD scholarships available to students with very good academic records.


Current Postgraduate Supervision

  • A Ward: Adolescent mobility heath (PhD: co-supervisor)
  • Taimaz Lariman: Safety and belonging in Urban Development (PhD 2014: primary supervisor)
  • Nadia Tenouri: Gender and conservation (co-supervisor)
  • Sophie Fern: What is the effect of non-human charisma on conservation in New Zealand? (co-supervisor)
  • Audrey Heyzer: Engaging people in biodiversity management: exploring the convergence of culture and nature (co-supervisor)
  • Sarah White: Disability access on campus (MPlan)
  • Mayce Ballantyne: Green space provision in rest homes (MPlan)
  • Thejas Jagganath: Interactive art in public space (MPlan)
  • Olivia Steven: Green corridors in Dunedin (MPlan)

 

Recent Postgraduate Supervision

  • G. Mardones: Protected areas and local communities in temperate rainforests of Chile (PhD 2016: primary supervisor)
  • Gillian Elliot: Web based 'virtually mediated', interactive, 'user generated' experiences of nature for young people (PhD 2016: primary supervisor)
  • A. Palliser: Tourism destination management and information exchange (PhD 2015: co-supervisor [examined and minor amendments in process]
  • Katie James: Sustainable Urban Settlements: Governance Challenges (PhD 2014: co-supervisor)
  • Roanne Quashie Harry: Child poverty in the Caribbean (PhD 2008: co-supervisor)
  • A. Palliser: 2006: Tourism destination management and information exchange (PhD 2006: co-supervisor)
  • Mandy Tocher: Biodiversity Maintenance and Protection under RMA Section 6 (c) (MPlan 2016: primary supervisor)
  • Alice Murphy: Planning for the night sky in urban New Zealand (MPlan 2016: primary supervisor)
  • Bronte Linkhorn: Small scale green spaces (MPlan 2014: primary supervisor)
  • Bridget Spence: Public transport in rebuilding post-quake Christchurch (MPlan 2014: primary supervisor)
  • Ethan Archer: Shared streets: the Adelaide experience (MPlan 2014: primary supervisor)
  • Thomas Faherty: Transportation and the Auckland spatial plan (MPlan 2013)
  • Kathryn Wasley: Pre-disaster planning in Japan (MPlan 2013)
  • Katrina Gray: Outdoor space in medium density housing (MPlan 2013)
  • Mai Tamimi: Planning and development in Palestine (PhD 2013: primary supervisor)
  • Jaydine Keenan: Freedom camping (MPlan 2012)
  • H. Farthing: Urban growth management in Tauranga (MPlan 2012)

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Publications

Freeman, C., Tranter, P., & Skelton, T. (Eds.). (2017). Risk, protection, provision and policy. Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media, 441p. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-035-3

Freeman, C. (2017). Cities that encourage happiness. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. (pp. 84-98). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

Freeman, C., & Tranter, P. (2017). Volume 12: Editorial: Risk, protection, provision and policy in geographies of children and young people. In C. Freeman, P. Tranter & T. Skelton (Eds.), Risk, protection, provision and policy. (pp. ix-xvii). Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media.

Freeman, C., Stein, A., Hand, K., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). City children’s nature knowledge and contact: It is not just about biodiversity provision. Environment & Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0013916517732108

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Recio, M. R., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). The importance of urban gardens in supporting children's biophilia. PNAS, 114(2), 274-279. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1609588114

Authored Book - Research

Freeman, C., & Tranter, P. (2011). Children and their urban environment: Changing worlds. London: Earthscan, 265p.

Freeman, C., Cheyne, C., Ding, P., Ellery, N., & Williams, J. (2005). The impact of rising property prices on coastal settlement communities. Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Geography, University of Otago, 74p.

Freeman, C., Henderson, P., & Kettle, J. (1999). Planning with Children for Better Communities: The Challenge to Professionals. Bristol UK: Policy Press, 164p.

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Edited Book - Research

Freeman, C., Tranter, P., & Skelton, T. (Eds.). (2017). Risk, protection, provision and policy. Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media, 441p. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-035-3

Higgins, N., & Freeman, C. (Eds.). (2013). Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 325p.

Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Freeman, C. (Eds.). (2006). Living together: Towards inclusive communities. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 272p.

Freeman, C., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. M. (Eds.). (2003). Living space: Towards sustainable settlements in New Zealand. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 240p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Freeman, C. (2017). Cities that encourage happiness. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. (pp. 84-98). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

Freeman, C., Gollop, M., & Nairn, K. (2016). Disasters, displacement, and disruption: Children and young people's experience of spatial change following disasters. In N. Ansell, N. Klocker & T. Skelton (Eds.), Geographies of global issues: Change and threat. (Online ed.) (pp. 1-25). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-4585-95-8_11-1

Freeman, C., & Tranter, P. (2015). Children's geographies. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences. (2nd ed.) (pp. 491-497). Oxford, UK: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.72019-8

Freeman, C., & Higgins, N. (2013). Introduction: Children in Aotearoa New Zealand: An overview. In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds.), Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 13-28). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Higgins, N., & Freeman, C. (2013). Conclusion: Where are we going? In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds.), Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 274-280). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Freeman, C. (2013). The changing environmental worlds of Aotearoa New Zealand children. In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds.), Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 59-76). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Freeman, C. (2011). The biogeography of built environments. In A. C. Millington, M. A. Blumer & U. Schickhoff (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of biogeography. (pp. 357-372). London: SAGE.

Freeman, C. (2006). Creating welcoming communities for children and young people. In M. Thompson-Fawcett & C. Freeman (Eds.), Living together: Towards inclusive communities in New Zealand. (pp. 93-108). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Freeman, C. (2006). Colliding worlds: Planning with children and young people for better cities. In B. Gleeson & N. Sipe (Eds.), Creating child friendly cities: Reinstating kids in the city. (pp. 69-85). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Freeman, C. (2006). Introduction: Developing inclusive communities. In M. Thompson-Fawcett & C. Freeman (Eds.), Living together: Towards inclusive communities in New Zealand. (pp. 15-26). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Thompson-Fawcett, M. M., & Freeman, C. (2003). Achieving sustainable settlements for everyone. In C. Freeman & M. Thompson-Fawcett (Eds.), Living space: Towards sustainable settlements in New Zealand. (pp. 221-226). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press.

Freeman, C. (1999). Children's participation in environmental decision making. In S. Buckingham-Hatfield & S. Percy (Eds.), Constructing Local Environmental Agendas: People Places and Participation. (pp. 68-80). London: Routledge.

Millard, A., & Freeman, C. (1998). The development of a simple geographic information system for use in urban landscape analysis and decision making. In J. Breuste, H. Feldmann & O. Uhlmann (Eds.), Urban Ecology. (pp. 683-688). Berlin: Springer Verlag.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Freeman, C., & Tranter, P. (2017). Volume 12: Editorial: Risk, protection, provision and policy in geographies of children and young people. In C. Freeman, P. Tranter & T. Skelton (Eds.), Risk, protection, provision and policy. (pp. ix-xvii). Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media.

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Journal - Research Article

Freeman, C., Stein, A., Hand, K., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). City children’s nature knowledge and contact: It is not just about biodiversity provision. Environment & Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0013916517732108

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Recio, M. R., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). The importance of urban gardens in supporting children's biophilia. PNAS, 114(2), 274-279. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1609588114

Freeman, C., Ergler, C., & Guiney, T. (2017). Planning with preschoolers: City mapping as a planning tool. Planning Practice & Research, 1-22. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02697459.2017.1374790

Ward, A. L., Gendall, P., McGee, R., Freeman, C., & Cameron, C. (2016). Testing the waters on the South Island: Insights from a pilot study. New Zealand Sociology, 31(7), 240-245.

Freeman, C., van Heezik, Y., Stein, A., & Hand, K. (2016). Technological inroads into understanding city children's natural life-worlds. Children's Geographies, 14(2), 158-174. doi: 10.1080/14733285.2015.1126552

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2016). A novel method for fine-scale biodiversity assessment and prediction across diverse urban landscapes reveals social deprivation-related inequalities in private, not public spaces. Landscape & Urban Planning, 151, 33-44. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.03.002

van Heezik, Y., Dickinson, K. J. M., Freeman, C., Porter, S., Wing, J., & Barratt, B. I. P. (2016). To what extent does vegetation composition and structure influence beetle communities and species richness in private gardens in New Zealand? Landscape & Urban Planning, 151, 79-88. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.02.013

Barratt, B. I. P., Dickinson, K. J. M., Freeman, C., Porter, S., Johnstone, P. D., Wing, J., & van Heezik, Y. (2015). Biodiversity of Coleoptera and other invertebrates in urban gardens: A case study in a New Zealand city. Insect Conservation & Diversity, 8, 428-437. doi: 10.1111/icad.12120

Ward, A. L., Freeman, C., & McGee, R. (2015). The influence of transport on well-being among teenagers: A photovoice project in New Zealand. Journal of Transport & Health, 2(3), 414-422. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2015.06.004

Freeman, C., & Kearns, R. (2015). Childhoods under canvas: Campgrounds as spaces of resistance to protective parenting. Childhood, 22(1), 101-120. doi: 10.1177/0907568214528223

Freeman, C., van Heezik, Y., Hand, K., & Stein, A. (2015). Making cities more child- and nature-friendly: A child-focused study of nature connectedness in New Zealand cities. Children, Youth & Environments, 25(2), 176-207. doi: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.25.2.0176

Freeman, C., Lingam, G. I., & Burnett, G. (2015). Children's changing urban lives: A comparative New Zealand–Pacific perspective. Journal of Urban Design, 20(4), 507-525. doi: 10.1080/13574809.2015.1044508

Freeman, C., Nairn, K., & Gollop, M. (2015). Disaster impact and recovery: What children and young people can tell us. Kōtuitui, 10(2), 103-115. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2015.1066400

Curtis, A., Ross, H., Marshall, G. R., Baldwin, C., Cavaye, J., Freeman, C., … Syme, G. J. (2014). The great experiment with devolved NRM governance: Lessons from community engagement in Australia and New Zealand since the 1980s. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(2), 175-199. doi: 10.1080/14486563.2014.935747

van Heezik, Y. M., Freeman, C., Porter, S., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2014). Native and exotic woody vegetation communities in domestic gardens in relation to social and environmental factors. Ecology & Society, 19(4), 17. doi: 10.5751/ES-06978-190417

van Heezik, Y., Freeman, C., Porter, S., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2013). Garden size, householder knowledge, and socio-economic status influence plant and bird diversity at the scale of individual gardens. Ecosystems, 16(8), 1442-1454. doi: 10.1007/s10021-013-9694-8

Freeman, C., Dickinson, K. J. M., Porter, S., & van Heezik, Y. (2012). “My garden is an expression of me”: Exploring householders' relationships with their gardens. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32(2), 135-143. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2012.01.005

van Heezik, Y. M., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Freeman, C. (2012). Closing the gap: Communicating to change gardening practices in support of native biodiversity in urban private gardens. Ecology & Society, 17(1), 34. doi: 10.5751/ES-04712-170134

Semmens, J., & Freeman, C. (2012). The value of Cittaslow as an approach to local sustainable development: A New Zealand perspective. International Planning Studies, 17(4), 353-375. doi: 10.1080/13563475.2012.726851

Morgan, R. K., Hart, A., Freeman, C., Coutts, B., Colwill, D., & Hughes, A. (2012). Practitioners, professional cultures, and perceptions of impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 32, 11-24. doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2011.02.002

Aguirre-Bielschowsky, I., Freeman, C., & Vass, E. (2012). Influences on children's environmental cognition: A comparative analysis of New Zealand and Mexico. Environmental Education Research, 18(1), 91-115. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2011.582093

Freeman, C., Clark, R. D., & van Heezik, Y. (2011). Creating ecologically based land use and habitat maps quickly and cheaply to support conservation planning at local scales: A New Zealand example. Geographical Research, 49(1), 99-111. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2010.00683.x

Rehrer, N. J., Freeman, C., Cassidy, T., Waters, D. L., Barclay, G. E., & Wilson, N. (2011). Through the eyes of young people: Favourite places for physical activity. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 39, 492-500. doi: 10.1177/1403494811401478

Freeman, C., & Vass, E. (2010). Planning, maps, and children's lives: A cautionary tale. Planning Theory & Practice, 11(1), 65-88. doi: 10.1080/14649350903538079

Freeman, C. (2010). Children's neighbourhoods, social centres to 'terra incognita'. Children's Geographies, 8(2), 157-176. doi: 10.1080/14733281003691418

Campbell-Hunt, D. M., Freeman, C., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2010). Community-based entrepreneurship and wildlife sanctuaries: Case studies from New Zealand. International Journal of Innovation & Regional Development, 2(1-2), 4-21. doi: 10.1504/IJIRD.2010.029851

Freeman, C., & Quigg, R. (2009). Children's lives: A Dunedin study. Childrenz Issues, 13(1), 35-42.

Freeman, C., & Quigg, R. (2009). Commuting lives: Children's mobility and energy use. Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, 52(3), 393-412. doi: 10.1080/09640560802703280

Quigg, R., & Freeman, C. (2008). Do children like walking? Children in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. Children Australia, 33(3), 13-20.

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