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Associate ProfessorSophie Bond image

PhD (Otago)

Richardson Building, room 4C12
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Tel +64 3 479 3068


  • ENVI 111 Environment and Society
  • ENVI 211 Environmental History of New Zealand
  • GEOG 280 Research Methodology in Human Geography
  • GEOG 380 Field Research Studies (Arts)
  • GEOG 376 Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change
  • GEOG 463 Geographies of Justice

Research interests

  • Community responses to and engagement in issues associated with increased flood events and sea-level rise associated with climate change;
  • Climate justice;
  • Democratic engagement and an ethic of care;
  • Spaces of democracy, contestation, resistance and the formation of collectivities in response to environmental and/or social change;
  • Social sustainability, intergroup relationships, ‘community’ and identity formation;
  • Autonomous geographies and alternative economies;
  • Urban sustainability and participation in planning processes;
  • Qualitative and feminist methodologies, poststructural approaches, political ecology, discourse theory.

Potential student projects

I am interested in supervising students on projects that relate to any of the above themes, or more specifically:

  • environmental politics of extractive industries in Aotearoa New Zealand, particularly in relation to fossil fuels or intensified agriculture and water management
  • responsibility for climate justice (in global north)
  • environmental activism and climate justice
  • community development for climate change adaptation (in global north)
  • community engagement in climate change adaptation governance

Postgraduate supervision

Current doctoral supervision

  • Jule Barth (Geography University of Otago): Political Subjectivities, Knowledge and Care.
  • Rachel Yzelman (Geography University of Otago): Former Refugees Settling Well: An ethic of care?
  • Nadia Tenouri (Geography University of Otago): Gender and conservation.
  • Elizabeth Soal (Geography University of Otago): Collaborative catchment management.
  • Kyle Matthews (Education University of Otago - Co-Supervisor with Karen Nairn): Radical youth activities and hope.
  • Sarah Harrison (Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Otago): Health impacts of increased flooding and SLR from climate change, co-supervisor with Alex MacMillan and Janet Stephenson

Current Master's supervision

  • Rebecca Kennedy-Perkins (Geography University of Otago): Should we give a poo? Farming and Climate Change Mitigation

Completed PhDs

  • Taimaz Lariman (2018) (Geography University of Otago): Defining the Social Dimensions of Urban Sustainability. (Secondary Supervisor).
  • Rini Astuti (2016) (Geography at Victoria University of Wellington): REDD+ Governmentality: Governing Forest Power and Politics in Indonesia. (Secondary Supervisor).
  • Morten Gjerde (2015) (Geography at Victoria University of Wellington): Urban Design Guidance and Control. (Secondary Supervisor).
  • Gradon Diprose (2015) (Geography at Victoria University of Wellington): Beyond waged work: the everyday politics of alternative socio-economic practices.
  • Amanda Thomas (2014) (Geography at Victoria University of Wellington): Accessing Nature: The battle of Huruni (which received the NZGS President’s Award for Best Thesis 2014).

Completed Master's

  • Neelum Patel (2019) (MA Geography, University of Otago): Male Advocacy as a Means to Address Gender Based Violence in Post-Conflict Bougainville
  • Charlotta Heyd (2018) (MPlan, University of Otago): Community Engagement in the Context of Increased Flooding
  • Livi Whyte (2018) (MPlan, University of Otago): Co-Housing and Sustainability
  • Nathaniel Christensen (2017) (MA Geography University of Otago): The Sharp Edge of Precarity: Homelessness in Aotearoa/New Zealand and a framework of multiple precarities.
  • Holly McGrouther (2016) (MPlan University of Otago): Public Participation in Resource management Hearings: post-politics in planning?
  • Nyssa Payne-Harker (2016) (MPlan University of Otago): Shared Spaces or Contested Places? Examining the role of Kāi Tahu Whānui in Port Chalmers and Bluff.
  • Madeline Hall (2016) (MA University of Otago): From Producers to Polluters: Farmers’ experiences in the Lake Taupo Water Quality Trading Programme. (Secondary Supervisor).
  • William Harrington (2014) (MPlan University of Otago): Irrigation for the sake of irrigation: Situating the Social Effects of Large Scale Irrigation Projects within New Zealand’s Neoliberal Planning System.
  • Benjamin Speedy (2013) (MEnvSt Victoria University of Wellington): Seizing the Opportunity? CO2 emissions from land transport and the redevelopment of Christchurch.
  • Cristian Leaman (2013) (MDevSt, Victoria University of Wellington): Encounters of Neoliberalism and Nature in the Chilean Context. A case study of the Nuble River.
  • Lillian Fougere (2013) (MEnvSt, Victoria University of Wellington): Democracy, Disagreement and Environmentalists’ Participation: A case study of coal mining on conservation land.
  • Raven Cretney (2013) (MEnvSt, Victoria University of Wellington): Community Resilience from the Bottom Up: A place based perspective of grass roots community resilience.
  • Emma Moon (2013) (MEnvSt, Victoria University of Wellington): Youth and Climate Change Activism in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Camilla Morley (2011) (MEnvSt, Victoria University of Wellington): Motivating Public Transport Use: Travel behaviour and integrated ticketing for Greater Wellington.
  • Benjamin Barrett (2011) (MEnvSt, Victoria University of Wellington): Sustainable Development Narratives in New Zealand Business.


Bond, S., Thomas, A., & Diprose, G. (2020). Making and unmaking political subjectivities: Climate justice, activism, and care. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 45, 750-762. doi: 10.1111/tran.12382

Bond, S., & Barth, J. (2020). Care-full and just: Making a difference through climate change adaptation. Cities, 102, 102734. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102734

Bond, S., Diprose, G., & Thomas, A. C. (2019). Contesting deep sea oil: Politicisation--depoliticisation--repoliticisation. Environment & Planning C, 37(3), 519-538. doi: 10.1177/2399654418788675

Bond, S. (2019). A democratic ethos. In Antipode Editorial Collective. (Ed.), Keywords in radical geography: Antipode at 50. (pp. 14-19). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781119558071

Bond, S. (2011). Negotiating a 'democratic ethos': Moving beyond the agonistic-communicative divide. Planning Theory, 10(2), 161-186. doi: 10.1177/1473095210383081

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