Amanda Thomas

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Lecturer School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences


Teaching in 2020


  • PhD in Geography - Victoria University of Wellington (2014)
  • BA with First Class Honours in Political Science - University of Canterbury (2008)

Research Interests

My central research interest is in democracy, particularly environmental democracy, and approaching this through a political ecology lens that is attentive to gender, class and ethnicity. I take a grounded approach to research, and seek to do decolonising work and cultivate social justice. Areas of particular interest are:

  • feminist political ecology
  • nature society discourses, particularly in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • critical approaches to community based decision making
  • geographies of activism
  • relational entanglements with nature and more than human theory
  • decolonising radical democratic theory
  • freshwater politics
  • extractive industries.


Publications 2013 - Now


Teaching in 2020