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Dr Christina Ergler

Position:

Lecturer

Qualifications:Diplom (Bonn), PhD (Auck)

Office Hours:

by email appointment

 

Teaching

Christina contributes to:

ENVI111 Environment and Society
GEOG102 Human Geography
GEOG215/384 Urban Geography – Envisioning Cities
GEOG219/379 Special Topic in Human Geography: The Geographies of Health and Wellbeing (coordinator 2017)
GEOG280 Research Methodology in Human Geography
GEOG380 Field Research Studies (Arts) (co-coordinator 2017)
GEOG376 Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change
GEOG465 A Special Topic in Geography: Geographies of Justice
GEOG472 Developments in Environmental Management

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Research Interests

My research lie at the cross-roads of geography, sociology and public health in the minority and majority world. I focus on the relationships between wellbeing, place and lived everyday experiences. Where we live, play, study and spend our leisure time affects our health and wellbeing, be it through contacts with or exposure to hazards (e.g. drugs, accidents, waste), access to and utilisation of health care or by feelings of safety and wellbeing in a neighbourhood. My work contributes to a more just and sustainable world by alerting stakeholders and communities to the socio-spatial, structural and experiential dimensions of health and wellbeing. The “Geographies of Health and Wellbeing” are an important and growing area well linked to many job opportunities and attracts people who are interested in making the world a better place through the work they do.

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Current Research Projects

My current projects include:

  • Research club water and play: co-designing a research project with primary school children
  • First time parents: a migrant perspective
  • Yes we can! Pre-schoolers as evaluators of their city
  • Tertiary Students' wellbeing during exam time

In my research I trace social and environmental injustices drawing from a wider range of social theories including the work of Bourdieu, Gibson and Sen. I work to apply these theoretical frames in rigorous empirical studies of significant societal issues like substance misuse and mental wellbeing, the politics of accessing (health) care, the relationships between social norms, urban design and the obesity epidemic or children’s declining rights to cities.

To gain insights into people's lived socio-spatial realities and to contribute to a more equitable and liveable world, I am interested in creative, value-based, ethically and culturally appropriate methodologies that acknowledge the expertise of everyone and foster a meaningful participation in research activities (e.g. child-led participatory methods, SoftGIS, mixed-methods).

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Potential Student Projects

I am interested in supervising students on projects that broadly relate to any of my work, or who are interested to develop a project on:

  • Socio-spatial implications of reproduction medicine
  • Medical mobilities
  • Technology, childhood and socio-spatial wellbeing
  • Climate change, wellbeing and sustainable futures

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Postgraduate Student Supervision

I supervise postgraduate students who are interested in gaining research skills in the areas of (urban) social and environmental justice and wellbeing, socio-spatial inequities and wellbeing, liveable cities, changing landscapes of care or physical and social mobilities. I am keen to work with students who are interested in participating in research projects that take an integrated, transdisciplinary approach to the theorisation, empirical analysis and praxis of socio-spatial justice in the minority and majority world.

Current supervision
  • Swaiti Shah, PhD: "Reproductive justice and surrogacy" (co-supervision with Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott)
  • Callum Sutherland, MA: "The health limiting coast: the role of personal experiences I influencing the dualism of therapeutic and disruptive landscapes"
  • Phoebe Eden-Mann, MA: "Children's perspectives on their housing quality and home conditions"
  • Jovan Mokaraka-Harris, MA: "Participatory mapping in the Hokianga" (co-supervision with Associate Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett)
  • Logan Copland, MPlan: "Public and active transport to school in Dunedin adolescents (co-supervision with Sandra Mandic)
Completed
  • Rachael Willox, MPlan, 2016: Tertiary students' experiences of home
  • Sherilyn Byron, MPlan: "Unpacking the sustainability of fresh water allocation systems" (co-supervision with Dr Nicola Wheen)
  • Jovan Mokaraka-Harris, PGDip, 2015: "Hokianga: Forms of self-determination" (co-supervision with Associate Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett)
  • Martin Swaffield, MPlan, 2014: "What makes a good bus stop?"
  • Gabriella Hyndemann, Honours, 2014: “Children’s Geographies: Breakfast programs in Dunedin’s schools” (co-supervision with Dr Sophie Bond)
  • Constance Hutchinson, MPlan, 2013 "What makes a city? A participatory approach with pre-schoolers towards urban planning"
  • Panwalkar, A, Honours, 2011: "The relationship between children, nature and environmental awareness". (co-supervision with Professor Robin Kearns, The University of Auckland).

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Publications

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (Eds.). (2017). Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 258p. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (2017). Introduction: A children's place in health geography. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. (pp. 1-16). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., de Melo, A., & Coleman, T. (2017). Being connected? Wellbeing affordances for suburban and central city children. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. (pp. 189-204). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (2017). Preface. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

Mandic, S., Flaherty, C., Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., Chillón, P., Ergler, C., & García Bengoechea, E. (2017). Parental perceptions of cycle skills training for adolescents. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.03.009

Edited Book - Research

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (Eds.). (2017). Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 258p. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

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Chapter in Book - Research

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (2017). Introduction: A children's place in health geography. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. (pp. 1-16). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., de Melo, A., & Coleman, T. (2017). Being connected? Wellbeing affordances for suburban and central city children. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. (pp. 189-204). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

Ergler, C. (2016). Beyond passive participation: From research on to research by children. In R. Evans, L. Holt & T. Skelton (Eds.), Methodological Approaches. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-4585-89-7_11-1

Ergler, C. R., & Wood, B. (2015). Re-imagining youth participation in the 21st century: Young people in Aotearoa New Zealand speak out. In P. Kelly & A. Kamp (Eds.), A critical youth studies for the 21st century. (pp. 394-409). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004284036_028

Ergler, C., Sakdapolrak, P., Bohle, H.-G., & Kearns, R. (2015). From effective cure to affective care: Access barriers and entitlements to health care among urban poor in Chennai, India. In I. Luginaah & R. Bezner Kerr (Eds.), Geographies of health and development. (pp. 93-114). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (2013). Managed childhoods: A social history of urban children's play. In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds.), Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 110-125). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Herget, J., & Ergler, C. (2007). Stadtböden: Schlummernd lastendes Erbe der Geschichte. In H. Heinberg (Ed.), Westfalen regional: Aktuelle Themen, Wissenswertes und Medien: Siedlung und Landschaft in Westfalen. (pp. 70-71). Münster, Germany: Aschendorff.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (2017). Preface. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315571560

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Journal - Research Article

Mandic, S., Flaherty, C., Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., Chillón, P., Ergler, C., & García Bengoechea, E. (2017). Parental perceptions of cycle skills training for adolescents. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.03.009

Mokaraka-Harris, J. J., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Ergler, C. R. (2017). Tree grown from many layers: An Indigenous perspective of collective identity. New Zealand Geographer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12159

Ergler, C. R., Lovell, S., Watkins, A., Milligan, C., Thompson, L., Exeter, D. J., & Kearns, R. (2017). Looking back and moving forward: Health geography in Aotearoa and beyond. New Zealand Geographer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12169

Ergler, C. R. (2017). Advocating for a more relational and dynamic model of participation for child researchers. Social Inclusion, 5(3), 240-250. doi: 10.17645/si.v5i3.966

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

Mokaraka-Harris, J. J., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Ergler, C. (2016). Te manako: The desire for self-determination. AlterNative, 12(3), 250-265. doi: 10.20507/AlterNative.2016.12.3.4

Ergler, C., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (2016). Exploring children's seasonal play to promote active lifestyles in Auckland, New Zealand. Health & Place, 41, 67-77. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.07.001

Ergler, C., Smith, K., Kotsanas, C., & Hutchinson, C. (2015). What makes a good city in pre-schoolers' eyes? Findings from participatory planning projects in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Urban Design, 20(4), 461-478. doi: 10.1080/13574809.2015.1045842

Pawlowski, C. S., Ergler, C., Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, T., Schipperijn, J., & Troelsen, J. (2015). ‘Like a soccer camp for boys’: A qualitative exploration of gendered activity patterns in children’s self-organized play during school recess. European Physical Education Review, 21(3), 275-291. doi: 10.1177/1356336X14561533

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R. A., & Witten, K. (2013). Seasonal and locational variations in children's play: Implications for wellbeing. Social Science & Medicine, 91, 178-185. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.11.034

Sakdapolrak, P., Seyler, T., & Ergler, C. (2013). Burden of direct and indirect costs of illness: Empirical findings from slum settlements in Chennai, South India. Progress in Development Studies, 13(2), 135-151. doi: 10.1177/1464993412466506

Kearns, R., Boyle, A., & Ergler, C. R. (2012). The legacy of an intervention: Exploring teenage walking school bus ‘graduates’ mobilities in Auckland. Sites, 9(1), 83-106. doi: 10.11157/sites-vol9iss1id190

Ergler, C. R., Sakdapolrak, P., Bohle, H.-G., & Kearns, R. A. (2011). Entitlements to health care: Why is there a preference for private facilities among poorer residents of Chennai, India? Social Science & Medicine, 72(3), 327-337. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.09.042

Oliver, M., Witten, K., Kearns, R. A., Mavoa, S., Badland, H., Carroll, P., … Ergler, C. (2011). Kids in the city study: Research design and methodology. BMC Public Health, 11, 587. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-587

Ergler, C. (2011). Beyond passive participation: Children as collaborators in understanding neighbourhood experience. Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, 7(2), 78-98.

Badland, H. M., Schofield, G. M., Witten, K., Schluter, P. J., Mavoa, S., Kearns, R. A., … Ergler, C., … McPhee, J. (2009). Understanding the Relationship between Activity and Neighbourhoods (URBAN) Study: Research design and methodology. BMC Public Health, 9, 224. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-9-224

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Journal - Research Other

Ergler, C. R. (2017). [Review of the book Childhood with Bourdieu]. Children's Geographies, 15(1), 129-130. doi: 10.1080/14733285.2016.1161370

Ergler, C. R., Kearns, R., Witten, K., & Porter, G. (2016). Digital methodologies and practices in children’s geographies. Children's Geographies, 14(2), 129-140. doi: 10.1080/14733285.2015.1129394

Ergler, C. (2015). [Review of the book Place: An introduction]. New Zealand Geographer, 71(3), 219-220. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12102

Ergler, C. (2013). [Review of the book Children, youth and the city]. New Zealand Geographer, 69(1), 80-81. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12012_7

Ergler, C. (2013). [Review of the book The global history of childhood reader]. Children, Youth & Environments, 23(2), 217-219. doi: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.23.2.0217

Ergler, C. R. (2011). [Review of the book Children and their urban environment: Changing worlds]. Urban Policy & Research, 29(4), 438-440. doi: 10.1080/08111146.2011.633301

Ergler, C. (2011). [Review of the book The child: An encyclopedic companion]. New Zealand Geographer, 67(1), 68-69. [Book Review].

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Ergler, C., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (2010). Assessing “hot start” for three portable GPS devices. GPS-HRN News Update, (June). Retrieved from http://www.gps-hrn.org/pages/admin/imageUploader/CMS_Photos/welcomeSide/docs/4.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Ergler, C. (2011). Experiences of collaboration in understanding well-being in vertical and suburban environments. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being. Retrieved from http://www.biad.bcu.ac.uk/research/wellbeing2011/

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kek, C. C., Pocock, T., McArthur, S., Lawrie, D., Flaherty, C., Ergler, C., & Mandic, S. (2017). Effects of cycle skills training on cycling-related confidence, habits, knowledge and practical skills in adolescent girls. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 53). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Swati, S., Ergler, C., & Hohmann-Marriott, B. (2017). Surrogacy in India: Merging stigma theory and the reproductive justice framework. Proceedings of the New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference. (pp. 21). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/nzasia-2017/index.html

Ergler, C. (2017). The nature of children's seasonal play: A case study from Auckland, New Zealand [Invited]. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 37). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

McArthur, S., Pocock, T., Flaherty, C., Kek, C. C., Lawrie, D., Ergler, C., & Mandic, S. (2017). Effects of cycle skills training programme on children's cycling-related behaviours, confidence and knowledge. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 51). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Lawrie, D., Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., McArthur, S., Flaherty, C., Ergler, C., & Mandic, S. (2017). Comparison of cycling-related habits, confidence, support and knowledge among children and adolescents from Dunedin, New Zealand. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 52). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., McArthur, S., Lawrie, D., Flaherty, C., Ergler, C., & Mandic, S. (2017). Long-term effects of cycle skills training in children and adolescents. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 61). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Ergler, C., Kearns, R., & Witten, K. (2015). Towards a critical perspective on children's health and wellbeing in urban places. Proceedings of the 16th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS). Retrieved from http://www.sfu.ca/imgs2015/

Mokaraka-Harris, J., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Ergler, C. (2015). Hokianga: Forms of self-determination. In C. Ergler & S. Connelly (Eds.), Proceedings of the Postgraduate Symposium. (pp. 17). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Geography, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Ergler, C. (2015). The nature of Auckland children's seasonal play. Proceedings of the Public Health Association Conference. (pp. 12). Retrieved from https://www.ivvy.com/event/PHA15/

Ergler, C. (2015). Beyond passive participation? Ethical dilemmas in employing children as researchers. Proceedings of the Ethics in Practice Conference. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/ethicsreviewproject/conference/

Ergler, C., Green, J., & Guiney, T. (2015). Tertiary students' wellbeing in a neoliberal climate. Proceedings of the 16th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS). Retrieved from http://www.sfu.ca/imgs2015/

Ergler, C. R., Green, J., & Guiney, T. (2015). Tertiary students' wellbeing in a neoliberal climate: Coping with exam times. Proceedings of the Public Health Association Conference. (pp. 91). Retrieved from https://www.ivvy.com/event/PHA15/

Green, J., Ergler, C., Macmillan, A., Samaranayaka, A., Gill, M., Leem, C., Li, C., Narayanan, A., Shepherd, B., Ting, S., & van Bart, K. (2015). Substance use for coping with academic pressure and increasing performance. Proceedings of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) 29th Conference: Principles of Behaviour Change in Health and Illness. (pp. 175). Retrieved from http://www.ehps2015.org/

Faherty, C., & Ergler, C. (2014). Dunedin: Still a landscape of despair? In T. Konlechner & S. Connelly (Eds.), Proceedings of the Postgraduate Symposium. (pp. 20). Retrieved from http://www.geography.otago.ac.nz/resources

Hyndman, G., Bond, S., & Ergler, C. (2014). Children’s geography: Breakfast programmes in primary schools. In T. Konlechner & S. Connelly (Eds.), Proceedings of the Postgraduate Symposium. (pp. 29). Retrieved from http://www.geography.otago.ac.nz/resources

Swaffield, M., & Ergler, C. (2014). Exploration of bus stop design and how to make bus stops an attractive urban place. In T. Konlechner & S. Connelly (Eds.), Proceedings of the Postgraduate Symposium. (pp. 58). Retrieved from http://www.geography.otago.ac.nz/resources

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