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Robyn Longhurst

Professor Robyn Longhurst

Roles: Professor of Geography and Pro Vice-Chancellor Education
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
School: Social Sciences
Programme: Geography

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Faculty Profile

Research Expertise

  • Body, space and place
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Pregnancy and mothering
  • Geographies of food and eating
  • Politics of body size
  • Information Communication Technologies, Emotion and Affect
  • Qualitative methodologies

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Society and space
  • Social and cultural geography
  • Gender geography
  • Feminist poststructuralist theory

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, 2014 - 2016
  • Chair, International Geographical Union Commission on Gender and Geography, 2008-2012
  • Editor, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 2007-2010
  • Editor-in-Chief, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 2011-2012
  • Chairperson, Department of Geography, Tourism and Environmental Planning, 2004-2006
  • Appointed Member, New Zealand PBRF Peer Review Panel ‘Social Sciences and Other Cultural/Social Studies’, 2006 and 2012 Quality Evaluation
  • Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science (PR and Marketing) 2001-2003
  • Invited member on Editorial Boards for the following journals: Transactions Institute of British Geographers; The Open Geography Journal; Dialogues in Geography; ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies; Social and Cultural Geography;and New Zealand Geographer
  • Supervised approximately 16 PhD students including three who were awarded TEC Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarships
  • Editor, New Zealand Geographer, 1997–2002


  • University of Waikato Postgraduate Supervision Excellence Award 2013
  • University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award 2010
  • Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Award 2010
  • International Visitor Open University, January 2011
  • Distinguished International Guest, Department of Geography, Durham University, November 2007
  • Awarded Building Research Capacity in the Social Sciences funding for research on migrant women and food in New Zealand, 2007
  • Honorary Visiting Associate, International Social Sciences Institute, University of Edinburgh 1997-1998

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