Dr Naomi Simmonds
Lecturer & Senior Researcher
Qualifications: BSocSci (Hons), MSocSci Waikato, PhD
Iwi: RaukawaSchool of Social Sciences Email Naomi Simmonds (email@example.com)
I completed my Masters thesis in 2009 which looks at contemporary understandings and relationships with Papatuanuku. My PhD extends this work to examine the spatial, spiritual and embodied experiences of childbirth and maternity in Aotearoa New Zealand. My PhD is titled "Tu te turuturu no Hineteiwaiwa: Mana Geographies of Birth in Aoteroa New Zealand.
I also have experience in, and a passion for, Maori environmental management and sustainability practices. I am committed to working with whanau, hapu and iwi to support them in achieving their kaitiaki aspirations.
Maori geography; resource management and planning; mana wahine; kaupapa Maori; indigenous maternities; indigenous resource management
My research interests include Maori and Indigenous geographies, Maori resource management, hapu and iwi sustainability initiatives, Kaupapa Maori theory and methodologies, mana wahine, childbirth and maternity care, matauranga wahine and traditional histories for whanau well-being.
Simmonds, N. B. (2017). Descended from the waters of the Waikato and Waihou – self-determination and freshwater management in Aotearoa New Zealand. In International River Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.
Barrett, P., Kurian, P., & Simmonds, N. (2017). Principles and practices for effective community-based participation in the restoration of a marine ecosystem: The Maketu Estuary Case in New Zealand. In 3rd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP3). Conference held at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS), The National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Simmonds, N. B. (2017). Called home: enacting self-determination in and with place in Aotearoa, New Zealand. In Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (AAG). Conference held at Boston, USA.
Hutcheson, G. Y., & Simmonds, N. (2017). Paradoxical mobilities: sharemilking with Te Raparahi Lands Trust (Wāotū). In AusMob Launch Symposium: The future of mobilities research in Australia and beyond. Conference held at University of Melbourne, VIC. Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11729
Associations and Memberships
- Board member of the Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.