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Associate Professor
Master of International Development and Planning Programme Coordinator


Richardson Building, room 4C14
Office Hours: email to make an appointment
Tel +64 3 479 8775


  • ENVI 111 Environment and Society
  • GEOG 102 Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEOG 216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
  • GEOG 228 Uneven Development in Contemporary India
  • GEOG 328 Uneven Development in Contemporary India
  • GEOG 380 Field Research Studies (Arts)
  • GEOG 472 Contemporary Developments in Environmental Management
  • GEOG 473 Contemporary Geographies of South Asia
  • GEOG 495 Master's Thesis Preparation

Research interests

  • South Asia (especially India)
  • Development Studies
  • Geopolitics and Transboundary Water Resources
  • Migrant labour
  • Ports, labour restructuring and Maritime Trade
  • Rural Development and participatory governance in West Bengal
  • Urban transformation and Socio-Spatial segregation in India's megacities

Current researchprojects

  • Geopolitics, Transboundary Water Resources and civil society in South Asia
  • The port sector and labour relations in Bangladesh, India and Malaysia
  • The transformation of urban space in Kolkata

Postgraduate student supervision

Completed supervision

  • Ben Payne, 2017 PhD: 'Beyond interfering Greenies? Understanding the Competing discourses of High Country Tenure Review' (with Associate Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett and Dr Brent Lovelock, Dept. of Tourism).
  • Sanju Koirala, 2016 PhD: Displacement and Hydro-power in Nepal (with Prof Richard Morgan).
  • Nikki Aaron, PhD 2015: Devadasi women and HIV/AIDs policy in Karnataka, southern India (with the Dept of Religious Studies).
  • Rakhee Chattbar, PhD 2015: IT-enabled rural development in South India: The limits of bridging the digital divide through technology.
  • Joseph Whitworth, MPlan 2015: The Role of Planning in Contemporary Urban India: Consequences, and Lessons from the Hyderabad Metropolitan Rail: Telangana, India.
  • Tess Guiney, 2015 PhD: Orphanage Tourism in Cambodia.
  • Rosa Conway, 2014 BA(Hons): Politics of Difference: Development Practice and New Zealand NGOs.
  • Adrian Nel, 2014 PhD: REDD+ and the Carbon economy.
  • Rachel Batchelor, 2013 MA: Transboundary Water Resources and civil society in the Mekong Region.
  • David Gawith, 2013 MA: Water Stress in the Mid-Himalayas, Nepal.
  • Nave Wald, 2013 PhD: Peasant Movements and agricultural change in northern Argentina.
  • Onur Oktem, 2012 PhD: IWRM, Transboundary Water Resources and Turkish water bureaucracy (with Department of Political Studies).
  • Shaun Hamilton, 2012 MPlan: Participatory Irrigation Management in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Richard Nyhof, 2011 MPlan: Appropriate Technology and Water in South Asia.
  • Lucy Petheram, 2011 MA: Hydro-politics in post-conflict Nepal.
  • Johnie Nyametso, 2011 PhD: Squatter Settlement in Accra, Ghana.
  • Sarah Wild, 2009 MPlan: Housing reconstruction in post-Tsunami Sri Lanka.
  • Em Oyston, 2009 MPlan: Rural Livelihoods in Tanzania.
  • Jack Lewis, 2008 MPlan: Planning for Port Cities in East Africa.
  • Rosie McKenzie, 2007 PGDipArts: NGOs and education in Vietnam.


Alam, A., Nel, E., Hill, D., & Bulloch, H. (2023). Settling in New Zealand’s small towns: Experiences of minority ethnic immigrants. Journal of International Migration & Integration. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12134-023-01044-6 Journal - Research Article

Underwood, G., Hill, D., & Lamichhane, S. (2020). Earthquakes, blockades and energy crises: A conceptual framework for energy systems resilience applied to Nepal. Energy Research & Social Science, 69, 101609. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101609 Journal - Research Article

Ruangvichatron, P., Hill, D., & Connelly, S. (2019, August). Analysis of bees for future sustainability and food security in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on Thailand and New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the School of Geography Postgraduate Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Yzelman, R., Bond, S., & Hill, D. (2019, August). Strangers or friends? Refugee state/community sponsorship in Aotearoa New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the School of Geography Postgraduate Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Hill, D., & Connelly, S. (2019). Climate leaders coalition: Corporate social responsibility for transformative change? Proceedings of the 13th Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC) and Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNET) Energy & Climate Change Symposium. (pp. 9). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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