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We study economic, urban, social, cultural and population geography. Our focus is on the processes of change in regional economies and human societies – processes that include urbanisation, social and economic development, and dimensions of place and identity.

Visit the Development Studies, Environmental Studies and Physical Geography postgraduate pages for more information about these particular areas of geography study.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a tool that supports research in all the above areas. For more information, please view the GIS Facilities web page.

Geography has a broad appeal, from global issues through to local environments.


We are currently involved in the following research areas:

  • Globalisation and rural change in the Asia Pacific Region, Oceania and Latin America
  • urban labour markets, housing and community development
  • the geography of wellbeing
  • relationships between place, identity and social cohesion in rural communities of New Zealand
  • gender and urban space in New Zealand
  • GIS and spatial analysis

For more information, please visit our geography research group web pages:

Potential projects

All students are urged to plan their course of study with the director of Geography before enrolment, as well as during the course of their programme.

Click here to see a list of potential projects.

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Philip Morrison