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Claire Freeman

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BA (Rhodes)
MA (Witw)
PhD (Leeds)
PGDipTP, PGDipEnvMan (C England)

Richardson Building, room 4C21
Office Hours: email to make an appointment
Tel +64 3 479 8785
Email claire.freeman@otago.ac.nz

Claire's professional experience

Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Claire's Inaugural Professorial Lecture is available as a podcast:

Planning biodiverse cities for all ages

Teaching

is mainly in the Master of Planning programme with teaching involvement in the following papers:

  • HUMS 301 Internship Practicum (Humanities Coordinator)
  • HUMS 401 Internship Practicum (Humanities Coordinator)
  • PLAN 411 Planning Theory
  • PLAN 412 Spatial Planning and Development

Claire also contributes to:

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Research interests

These are in the general field of urban geography and environmental planning and development, notably:

  • Planning and development of the natural environment; biodiversity and conservation planning, open space planning.
  • Planning with children; children and young people's participation in planning and the environment and environmental education and
  • Sustainable settlements; focusing on community planning and planning for the natural urban environment

Recent Research Grants

Research Project Profiles:

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PhD supervision available

My current research projects and areas where I would be keen to supervise PhD students are as follows:

  1. Urban nature connection
  • Urban greening strategies
  • Nature connection across the ages
  • Biodiversity planning and development
  1. Children young people and planning
  • Young children’s conceptions of cities and city form
  • Planning urban areas with children and young people
  • Children’s environments
  • Pacific children’s changing lives
  1. Community development/planning for better urban areas

If you are interested in any of the above or in a related field of urban planning and development, biodiversity planning or community planning and development please email me at cf@geography.otago.ac.nz.

I am happy to supervise students who wish to do research in New Zealand, the Pacific or in the student’s home country or country of interest. The University of Otago has generous PhD scholarships available to students with very good academic records.

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Current postgraduate supervision

  • Sophie Fern: What is the effect of non-human charisma on conservation in New Zealand? (PhD co-supervisor)
  • Audrey Heyzer: Engaging people in biodiversity management: exploring the convergence of culture and nature (PhD co-supervisor)
  • Andreas Samus: Promoting Connection to Nature and Biodiversity in Urban Gardens ( PhD co-spupervisor)
  • Alice Falloon: Young adults and biodiversity (MPlan supervisor)
  • Dorothy Foliaki: Strategic environmental assessment in the pacific (MA)

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 Recent postgraduate supervision

  • Olivia Neame: Happy cities (MPlan)
  • Chris Pearse Smith: Urban public spaces (MPlan)
  • Matt Simpson: Green Building (MPlan)
  • Ekrina Iose: Religion and planning in Samoa (MPlan)
  • A. Ward: Adolescent mobility heath (PhD: co-supervisor)
  • Taimaz Lariman: Safety and belonging in Urban Development (PhD primary supervisor)
  • Nadia Tenouri: Gender and conservation (PhD co-supervisor)
  • Sarah White: Disability access on campus (MPlan)
  • Mayce Ballantyne: Green space provision in rest homes (MPlan)
  • Thejas Jagganth: Interactive art in public space (MPlan)
  • Olivia Steven: Green corridors in Dunedin (MPlan)
  • Sarah White: Disability access on campus (MPlan)
  • Mayce Ballantyne: Green space provision in rest homes (MPlan)
  • Thejas Jagganath: Interactive Art in public space (MPlan)
  • Olivia Steven: Green corridors in Dunedin (MPlan)
  • G. Mardones: Protected areas and local communities in temperate rainforests of Chile (PhD 2016: primary supervisor)
  • Gillian Elliot: Web based 'virtually mediated', interactive, 'user generated' experiences of nature for young people (PhD 2016: primary supervisor)
  • A. Palliser: Tourism destination management and information exchange (PhD 2015: co-supervisor [examined and minor amendments in process]
  • Katie James: Sustainable Urban Settlements: Governance Challenges (PhD 2014: co-supervisor)
  • Roanne Quashie Harry: Child poverty in the Caribbean (PhD 2008: co-supervisor)
  • A. Palliser: 2006: Tourism destination management and information exchange (PhD 2006: co-supervisor)
  • Mandy Tocher: Biodiversity Maintenance and Protection under RMA Section 6 (c) (MPlan 2016: primary supervisor)
  • Alice Murphy: Planning for the night sky in urban New Zealand (MPlan 2016: primary supervisor)
  • Bronte Linkhorn: Small scale green spaces (MPlan 2014: primary supervisor)
  • Bridget Spence: Public transport in rebuilding post-quake Christchurch (MPlan 2014: primary supervisor)
  • Ethan Archer: Shared streets: the Adelaide experience (MPlan 2014: primary supervisor)
  • Thomas Faherty: Transportation and the Auckland spatial plan (MPlan 2013)
  • Kathryn Wasley: Pre-disaster planning in Japan (MPlan 2013)
  • Katrina Gray: Outdoor space in medium density housing (MPlan 2013)
  • Mai Tamimi: Planning and development in Palestine (PhD 2013: primary supervisor)
  • Jaydine Keenan: Freedom camping (MPlan 2012)
  • H. Farthing: Urban growth management in Tauranga (MPlan 2012)

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Publications

Ergler, C. R., & Freeman, C. (2020). Children, maps, and mapping. In A. Kobayashi (Ed.), International encyclopedia of human geography. (2nd ed.) (pp. 155-165). Oxford, UK: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10522-0

Ergler, C. R., Freeman, C., & Guiney, T. (2020). Pre-schoolers' transport imaginaries: Moving towards sustainable futures? Journal of Transport Geography, 84, 102690. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102690

Ergler, C. R., Freeman, C., & Latai, A. (2020). Samoan children's sense of place: Experiential landscapes in an urban village [Research Note]. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/apv.12263

Freeman, C., Waters, D. L., Buttery, Y., & van Heezik, Y. (2019). The impacts of ageing on connection to nature: The varied responses of older adults. Health & Place, 56, 24-33. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.01.010

Baldwin, C., Marshall, G., Ross, H., Cavaye, J., Stephenson, J., Carter, L., Freeman, C., … Syme, G. (2019). Hybrid neoliberalism: Implications for sustainable development. Society & Natural Resources, 32(5), 566-587. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1556758

Authored Book - Research

Freeman, C., & van Heezik, Y. (2018). Children, nature and cities: Rethinking the connections. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 318p.

Freeman, C., & Tranter, P. (2011). Children and their urban environment: Changing worlds. London: Earthscan, 265p.

Freeman, C., Cheyne, C., Ding, P., Ellery, N., & Williams, J. (2005). The impact of rising property prices on coastal settlement communities. Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Geography, University of Otago, 74p.

Freeman, C., Henderson, P., & Kettle, J. (1999). Planning with Children for Better Communities: The Challenge to Professionals. Bristol UK: Policy Press, 164p.

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Edited Book - Research

Freeman, C., Tranter, P., & Skelton, T. (Eds.). (2017). Risk, protection, provision and policy. Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media, 441p. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-035-3

Higgins, N., & Freeman, C. (Eds.). (2013). Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 325p.

Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Freeman, C. (Eds.). (2006). Living together: Towards inclusive communities. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 272p.

Freeman, C., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. M. (Eds.). (2003). Living space: Towards sustainable settlements in New Zealand. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 240p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Ergler, C. R., & Freeman, C. (2020). Children, maps, and mapping. In A. Kobayashi (Ed.), International encyclopedia of human geography. (2nd ed.) (pp. 155-165). Oxford, UK: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10522-0

Freeman, C., & van Heezik, Y. (2018). Nature in children's environments: A mixed methods study. In M. Tolich & C. Davidson (Eds.), Social science research in New Zealand: An introduction. (pp. 339-352). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Freeman, C. (2017). Cities that encourage happiness. In C. R. Ergler, R. Kearns & K. Witten (Eds.), Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. (pp. 84-97). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Freeman, C., Gollop, M., & Nairn, K. (2016). Disasters, displacement, and disruption: Children and young people's experience of spatial change following disasters. In N. Ansell, N. Klocker & T. Skelton (Eds.), Geographies of global issues: Change and threat. (Online ed.) (pp. 1-25). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-4585-95-8_11-1

Freeman, C., & Tranter, P. (2015). Children's geographies. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences. (2nd ed.) (pp. 491-497). Oxford, UK: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.72019-8

Higgins, N., & Freeman, C. (2013). Conclusion: Where are we going? In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds.), Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 274-280). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Freeman, C. (2013). The changing environmental worlds of Aotearoa New Zealand children. In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds.), Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 59-76). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Freeman, C., & Higgins, N. (2013). Introduction: Children in Aotearoa New Zealand: An overview. In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds.), Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 13-28). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Freeman, C. (2011). The biogeography of built environments. In A. C. Millington, M. A. Blumer & U. Schickhoff (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of biogeography. (pp. 357-372). London: SAGE.

Freeman, C. (2006). Colliding worlds: Planning with children and young people for better cities. In B. Gleeson & N. Sipe (Eds.), Creating child friendly cities: Reinstating kids in the city. (pp. 69-85). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Freeman, C. (2006). Creating welcoming communities for children and young people. In M. Thompson-Fawcett & C. Freeman (Eds.), Living together: Towards inclusive communities in New Zealand. (pp. 93-108). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Freeman, C. (2006). Introduction: Developing inclusive communities. In M. Thompson-Fawcett & C. Freeman (Eds.), Living together: Towards inclusive communities in New Zealand. (pp. 15-26). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Thompson-Fawcett, M. M., & Freeman, C. (2003). Achieving sustainable settlements for everyone. In C. Freeman & M. Thompson-Fawcett (Eds.), Living space: Towards sustainable settlements in New Zealand. (pp. 221-226). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press.

Freeman, C. (1999). Children's participation in environmental decision making. In S. Buckingham-Hatfield & S. Percy (Eds.), Constructing Local Environmental Agendas: People Places and Participation. (pp. 68-80). London: Routledge.

Millard, A., & Freeman, C. (1998). The development of a simple geographic information system for use in urban landscape analysis and decision making. In J. Breuste, H. Feldmann & O. Uhlmann (Eds.), Urban Ecology. (pp. 683-688). Berlin: Springer Verlag.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Freeman, C., & Tranter, P. (2017). Volume 12: Editorial: Risk, protection, provision and policy in geographies of children and young people. In C. Freeman, P. Tranter & T. Skelton (Eds.), Risk, protection, provision and policy. (pp. ix-xvii). Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media.

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Journal - Research Article

Ergler, C. R., Freeman, C., & Guiney, T. (2020). Pre-schoolers' transport imaginaries: Moving towards sustainable futures? Journal of Transport Geography, 84, 102690. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102690

Ergler, C. R., Freeman, C., & Latai, A. (2020). Samoan children's sense of place: Experiential landscapes in an urban village [Research Note]. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/apv.12263

Freeman, C., Waters, D. L., Buttery, Y., & van Heezik, Y. (2019). The impacts of ageing on connection to nature: The varied responses of older adults. Health & Place, 56, 24-33. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.01.010

Baldwin, C., Marshall, G., Ross, H., Cavaye, J., Stephenson, J., Carter, L., Freeman, C., … Syme, G. (2019). Hybrid neoliberalism: Implications for sustainable development. Society & Natural Resources, 32(5), 566-587. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1556758

Ward, A. L., Wyeth, E. H., McGee, R., Freeman, C., & Cameron, C. (2018). Found in (survey) translation: Lessons learned while engaging with a wharekura in Southland, New Zealand. Kōtuitui, 13(1), 70-81. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2017.1421978

Ward, A. L., McGee, R., Freeman, C., Gendall, P. J., & Cameron, C. (2018). Transport behaviours among older teenagers from semi-rural New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(4), 340-346. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12803

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Recio, M. R., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2018). Restricted home ranges reduce children’s opportunities to connect to nature: Demographic, environmental and parental influences. Landscape & Urban Planning, 172, 69-77. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.12.004

Freeman, C., Stein, A., Hand, K., & van Heezik, Y. (2018). City children’s nature knowledge and contact: It is not just about biodiversity provision. Environment & Behavior, 50(10), 1145-1171. doi: 10.1177/0013916517732108

Ward, A. L., Cameron, C., McGee, R., Freeman, C., & Gendall, P. J. (2018). Is the ‘happy wanderer’ really happy? Transport and life satisfaction among older teenagers in rural New Zealand. Journal of Transport & Health, 10, 391-400. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.06.005

van Heezik, Y., Freeman, C., Buttery, Y., & Waters, D. L. (2018). Factors affecting the extent and quality of nature engagement of older adults living in a range of home types. Environment & Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0013916518821148

Freeman, C., van Heezik, Y., Dickinson, K., Buttery, Y., Barratt, B., & Waters, D. (2018). Cities: Open space planning for the benefit of both people and native species: Understanding urban biodiversity and highlighting their relevance for planning and planners. Planning Quarterly, 211, 10-17.

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Recio, M. R., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). The importance of urban gardens in supporting children's biophilia. PNAS, 114(2), 274-279. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1609588114

Freeman, C., Ergler, C., & Guiney, T. (2017). Planning with preschoolers: City mapping as a planning tool. Planning Practice & Research, 32(3), 297-318. doi: 10.1080/02697459.2017.1374790

van Heezik, Y., Dickinson, K. J. M., Freeman, C., Porter, S., Wing, J., & Barratt, B. I. P. (2016). To what extent does vegetation composition and structure influence beetle communities and species richness in private gardens in New Zealand? Landscape & Urban Planning, 151, 79-88. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.02.013

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2016). A novel method for fine-scale biodiversity assessment and prediction across diverse urban landscapes reveals social deprivation-related inequalities in private, not public spaces. Landscape & Urban Planning, 151, 33-44. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.03.002

Ward, A. L., Gendall, P., McGee, R., Freeman, C., & Cameron, C. (2016). Testing the waters on the South Island: Insights from a pilot study. New Zealand Sociology, 31(7), 240-245.

Freeman, C., van Heezik, Y., Stein, A., & Hand, K. (2016). Technological inroads into understanding city children's natural life-worlds. Children's Geographies, 14(2), 158-174. doi: 10.1080/14733285.2015.1126552

Freeman, C., van Heezik, Y., Hand, K., & Stein, A. (2015). Making cities more child- and nature-friendly: A child-focused study of nature connectedness in New Zealand cities. Children, Youth & Environments, 25(2), 176-207. doi: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.25.2.0176

Barratt, B. I. P., Dickinson, K. J. M., Freeman, C., Porter, S., Johnstone, P. D., Wing, J., & van Heezik, Y. (2015). Biodiversity of Coleoptera and other invertebrates in urban gardens: A case study in a New Zealand city. Insect Conservation & Diversity, 8, 428-437. doi: 10.1111/icad.12120

Ward, A. L., Freeman, C., & McGee, R. (2015). The influence of transport on well-being among teenagers: A photovoice project in New Zealand. Journal of Transport & Health, 2(3), 414-422. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2015.06.004

Freeman, C., & Kearns, R. (2015). Childhoods under canvas: Campgrounds as spaces of resistance to protective parenting. Childhood, 22(1), 101-120. doi: 10.1177/0907568214528223

Freeman, C., Nairn, K., & Gollop, M. (2015). Disaster impact and recovery: What children and young people can tell us. Kōtuitui, 10(2), 103-115. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2015.1066400

Freeman, C., Lingam, G. I., & Burnett, G. (2015). Children's changing urban lives: A comparative New Zealand–Pacific perspective. Journal of Urban Design, 20(4), 507-525. doi: 10.1080/13574809.2015.1044508

van Heezik, Y. M., Freeman, C., Porter, S., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2014). Native and exotic woody vegetation communities in domestic gardens in relation to social and environmental factors. Ecology & Society, 19(4), 17. doi: 10.5751/ES-06978-190417

Curtis, A., Ross, H., Marshall, G. R., Baldwin, C., Cavaye, J., Freeman, C., … Syme, G. J. (2014). The great experiment with devolved NRM governance: Lessons from community engagement in Australia and New Zealand since the 1980s. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(2), 175-199. doi: 10.1080/14486563.2014.935747

van Heezik, Y., Freeman, C., Porter, S., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2013). Garden size, householder knowledge, and socio-economic status influence plant and bird diversity at the scale of individual gardens. Ecosystems, 16(8), 1442-1454. doi: 10.1007/s10021-013-9694-8

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