Dr Gail Adams-Hutcheson

Teaching Fellow

Qualifications: BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD

School of Social Sciences


About Gail

I teach in the areas of social and cultural geography, gender, feminism, the body, methodologies and emotional and affective geographies.

My recently completed doctoral thesis (2014) spans the emotional and affective lifeworlds of people who relocated out of Christchurch after the earthquakes and aftershocks.

'Stories of relocation to the Waikato: spaces of emotion and affect in the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes, Aotearoa New Zealand'.


Social and cultural geography; disasters; emotion; affect and psychoanalysis


Cultural geography; disasters; emotion; affect and psychoanalysis

Research Interests

My research interests include:  intimate methodologies; climate change migration and emotional geographies; disasters at the scale of the individual; mobilities

Recent journal articles:

  • Single author peer reviewed articles:

Adams-Hutcheson, G. (2017) Embodied vibrations: disastrous mobilities in relocation from the Christchurch earthquakes, Aotearoa New Zealand. Transfers 7(3): pp.23-37.

Adams‐Hutcheson, G. (2017). Mobilising research ethics: Two examples from Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Geographer, 73(2): pp.87-96.

Adams-Hutcheson, G. (2016). Spatialising skin: Pushing the boundaries of trauma geographies. Emotion, Space and Society, 24: pp. 105-112. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2016.03.002

Adams-Hutcheson, G. (2015). Voices in the margins of recovery: relocated Cantabrians in Waikato. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 10(2): pp.135-143. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2015.1068184.

Hutcheson, G. (2013). Methodological reflections on transference and countertransference in geographical research: relocation experiences from post‐disaster Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. Area45(4), 477-484.

  • Co-authored peer reviewed articles/chapters:

​ Adams-Hutcheson, G. and Longhurst, R. (2016). ‘At least in person there would have been a cup of tea’: Interviewing via Skype.  Area, 49(2): pp.148-155.

Adams-Hutcheson, G., and Longhurst, R. (2017). Chapter 3: ‘I’m here, I hate it and I can’t cope anymore’ writing about suicide. Writing Intimacy Into Feminist Geography, 41. London: Routledge.

Adams-Hutcheson, G., Thorpe, H., and Coleborne, C. (2017) Introduction: Understanding Mobilities in a dangerous world. Transfers, 7(3): pp. 1-5.

Borovnik, M. and Adams‐Hutcheson, G., 2017. Introduction: Mobilities and transformation. New Zealand Geographer, 73(2): pp.81-86.

Recent Publications

  • Adams-Hutcheson, G. (2018). Challenging the masculinist framing of disaster research. Gender, Place and Culture, 1-4. doi:10.1080/0966369X.2017.1407297

  • Hutcheson, G. Y. (2017). Sharemilking with the Te Raparahi Lands Trust (Wāotū). In New Zealand Geographical Society Early Career Researcher Network (NZGS ECRN): Spring Seminar Series, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Open Access version:

  • Adams-Hutcheson, G., Thorpe, H., & Coleborne, C. (2017). Introduction: Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World. Transfers, 7(3), 1-5. doi:10.3167/TRANS.2017.070302

  • Adams-Hutcheson, G. (2017). Embodied vibrations: Disastrous mobilities in relocation from the Christchurch earthquakes, Aotearoa New Zealand. Transfers, 7(3), 23-37. doi:10.3167/TRANS.2017.070304

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Papers Taught

Associations and Memberships

Executive Member of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (NZFGW)

Contact Details

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Adams-Hutcheson, Dr Gail 9162 gaila I.2.09 Geography Programme