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Academic staff

Head of School

Etienne-Nel-headProfessor Etienne Nel

Richardson Building, room 4C8. See Reception (Rm 4C9) to make an appointment.
Tel +64 3 479 8548

Economic and urban geography

Chief Course Adviser and Senior Arts Adviser


Tony Binns Staff photoProfessor Tony Binns

Richardson Building, room 4C19
Tel +64 3 479 5356

Sustainable livelihoods and community-based development

Ron Lister Chair in Geography

Sean-Fitzsimons-headProfessor Sean Fitzsimons

Richardson Building room 4C13
Tel +64 3 479 8786

Contemporary geomorphology processes

Senior Science Adviser

ClaireFreeman-headProfessor Claire Freeman

Richardson Building, room 4C21
Tel +64 3 479 8785

Sustainable community planning and development

Professor Michelle Thompson-FawcettM ThompsonFawcett Staff Photo

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

Contemporary environmental management, planning, governance and decision-making activities

On research and study leave Semester One and Two 2020

Sophie-Bond-headAssociate Professor Sophie Bond

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

Inequality, identity, power and place

Nicolas Cullen 2020 imageAssociate Professor Nicolas Cullen

Richardson Building room 4C12a
Tel +63 3 479 3069

Meteorology and climatology, glaciology, glacier and ice sheet mass balance and climate

Doug-Hill-headAssociate Professor Doug Hill

Richardson Building, room 4C14
Tel +64 3 479 8775

Rural development, environmental management and food security - South Asia

Master of International Development and Planning Programme Coordinator

MikeHilton-headAssociate Professor Mike Hilton

Richardson Building, room 4C16
Tel +64 3 479 8778

Geomorphology, ecology and management of dunal coasts 

Senior Environmental Management Adviser

Associate Professor Wayne StephensonWayne Stephenson photo

Richardson Building, room 4N4
Tel +64 3 479 8776

Coastal geomorphology and management

Sean-Connelly-2-headDr Sean Connelly

Senior Lecturer

Richardson Building, room 4C25
Tel +64 3 479 8771

Sustainable community planning and development

Christina-Ergler-2-headDr Christina Ergler

Senior Lecturer

Richardson Building, room 4C18
Tel +64 3 479 4647

Geographies of children's wellbeing in urban environments

Daniel-Kingston-headDr Daniel Kingston

Senior Lecturer

Richardson Building, room 4C11
Tel +64 3 479 8971

Hydroclimatology, atmospheric circulation

SarahMager-2-headDr Sarah Mager

Senior Lecturer

Richardson Building, room 4C23
Tel +64 3 479 4222

Hydrology, geomorphology

Ralf-Ohlemuller-headDr Ralf Ohlemüller

Senior Lecturer

Richardson Building, room 4C22
Tel +64 3 479 8784

Biogeography, climate change ecology, conservation

Ashraful Alam small imageDr Ashraful Alam


Richardson Building, room 4N3
Tel +64 3 479 8769

Urban geography, feminist political ecology, planning

Master of Planning Programme coordinator

Francisco Barraza 2020 ImageDr Francisco Barraza


Richardson Building, room 4C24
Tel +64 3 479 8856

Francisco is an Environmental Health and Climate Change Researcher. Research interests are: Environmental Health, Air pollution and human exposure,

Geo-sciences: statistics and modelling, Geochemistry and environmental management and Climate Change.

Michelle Scott 2020 ImageDr Michelle Scott


Richardson Building, room 4C24
Tel +64 3 479 8856

Understanding and encouraging sustainable choices and behaviours. Research focuses on citizen science and sensing to address local environmental issues such as air and noise pollution and the transition to low carbon energy and transport.

BenVarkalis-headBen Varkalis

Senior Teaching Fellow

Richardson Building, room 5C12a
Tel +64 3 479 9241

Ben assists with the running of GEOG101, GEOG102, ENVI111 and GEOG290

Jenny Bryant-Tokalau thumbnailAssociate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau

Honorary Associate Professor