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Michelle Thompson-Fawcett imageProfessor
(Ngāti Whātua)


Richardson Building, room 4C17
Tel +64 3 479 8762

Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Michelle's Inaugural Professorial Lecture is available as to stream via Youtube:

Inaugural Professorship Lecture (2018)


Research interests

  • Processes, practices, contests & power relations of urban place making and landscape change
  • Indigenous planning/resource management aspirations, practices, influence
  • Transformation in spatial planning and governance in local government

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Postgraduate student supervision

Current doctoral students

  • Altami C Arasty 'Transnational Climate Change Governance: Transformation of Institutions' Worldview in Emerging Countries'
  • Dyanna Jolly 'How far have we come? Iwi and hapū experiences using cultural impact assessment'
  • Jovan Mokaraka-Harris 'Merging the worlds of Geography through a Te Ao Māori worldview'

Recently completed doctoral theses

  • Ben Payne (2017) (primary supervisor) "'Beyond interfering greenies': The contested place of Tenure Review in New Zealand's high-country"
  • Crystal Filep (2016) (primary supervisor) "Challenging Neighbourhood Conceptions: The Stockholm Study"
  • Katie James (2015) (primary supervisor) "Environmental governance and climate change adaptation in the Top of the South"
  • Nicola Bould (2012) (primary supervisor) "Towards designing scenarios for a more sustainable future"
  • Johnnie Nyametso (2011) (primary supervisor) "Improvement of squatter settlements : the link between tenure security, access to housing, and improved living and environmental conditions"
  • Sophie Bond (2007) (primary supervisor) "Participation, urbanism and power"
  • Gail Tipa (2002) (co-supervisor) "Indigenous communities and the co-management of natural resources: the case of New Zealand freshwater management"


Kitson, A., Barry, J., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2023). Indigenous urban futurities: Identity, place, and property development by indigenous communities in the city. In K. Ruckstuhl, I. A. Velásquez Nimatuj, J.-A. McNeish & N. Postero (Eds.), Routledge handbook of indigenous development. (pp. 414-423). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003153085-49 Chapter in Book - Research

Olin, C. V., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2022). At ease in the city: Neighbourhood as an extension of the cosy Swedish home. Wellbeing, Space & Society, 3, 100114. doi: 10.1016/j.wss.2022.100114 Journal - Research Article

Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2022). Fluid stories: Indigeneity flowing through the urban narrative: The example of Ōtākaro, New Zealand. Cities, 131, 104060. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2022.104060 Journal - Research Article

Olin, C. V., Berghan, J., Thompson-Fawcett, M., Ivory, V., Witten, K., Howden-Chapman, P., … O'Sullivan, K. C., Keall, M., Ombler, J., & Hinckson, E. (2022). Inclusive and collective urban home spaces: The future of housing in Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellbeing, Space & Society, 3, 100080. doi: 10.1016/j.wss.2022.100080 Journal - Research Article

Takau, Y., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2022). Urban planning oscillations: Seeking a Tongan way before and after the 2006 riots. In J. Engle, J. Agyeman & T. Chung-Tiam-Fook (Eds.), Sacred civics: Building seven generation cities. (pp. 133-145). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003199816-13 Chapter in Book - Research

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