Professor Robyn Longhurst
Qualifications: BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD Waikato
Robyn was appointed as a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Waikato in 1992. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999 and to Associate Professor in 2004. From 2004-2006 Robyn served as Chair of Department and in 2006 she was promoted to Professor. Robyn took on the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor Education in 2015 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic in 2015.
During Robyn’s career, she has spent periods as a visitor at the University of Edinburgh and Durham University. She researches in the broad areas of social and cultural geography and has a particular interest in gender and embodiment. In more recent years, since being appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, she has become increasingly interested in research on teaching and learning.
Robyn's professional distinctions and memberships include:
- 2016 Appointed member Perfomance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Peer Review Panel ‘Social Sciences and Other Cultural/Social Studies’ for the 2018 Quality Evaluation for New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
- 2016 Appointed member Audit Panel for Academic Quality Agency (AAQ) – University of Otago
- 2015 Appointed member Education and Human Society Research Evaluation Committee (REC) for the 2015 round of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
- 2014 – 2016 Appointed Member of TEC PBRF Sector Reference Group
- 2013 Awarded University of Waikato Research Postgraduate Supervision Excellence Award
- 2012 Awarded Jan Monk Service Award by the Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Citation reads: “This year’s recipient has a distinguished career of publishing feminist geography work for a number of years…”
- 2006 and 2012 Appointed member PBRF Peer Review Panel ‘Social Sciences and Other Cultural/Social Studies’ for the Quality Evaluation
- 2010 Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Award - recognises the breadth and impact of a geographer’s work both nationally and internationally
- 2010 Awarded University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award, presented by the Vice Chancellor
- 2010 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award
- 2008 – 2012 Chair of International Geographical Union Commission on Gender and Geography
- 2007 – 2013 Editor, then Editor-in-Chief, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
- 2007 - 2008 Awarded University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship for a student to work on Migrant Women and Food project
- 2007 Distinguished International Visitor, Dept. of Geography, Durham University
- 2007 Awarded BRCSS (Building Research Capacity in the Social Sciences) Network funding for project ‘We are what we eat: food, place and identity for new migrant women in Aotearoa New Zealand’
- 2003 – 2009 Chief Supervisor of three PhD students and Co-Supervisor of one student who received TEC Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship
- 2000-2006 Invited member of International Geographical Union Commission on Gender and Geography
- 1997-2002 Co-Editor New Zealand Geographer
- Invited Member of Editorial Boards – Dialogues in Geography (2010-ongoing), Social Geography section of Geography Compass (2012-ongoing), Gender, Place and Culture (2013-ongoing). Also served on the boards of Social & Cultural Geography; New Zealand Geographer; ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies; The Open Geography Journal; and Transactions Institute of British Geographers.
Research Interests and Expertise
I am a social and cultural geographer. I have expertise in the areas of feminism, gender, sexuality and the body. Projects conducted over the past few years are: using queer theory to understand more about the use of Skype; maternal bodies and spaces; geographies of sexualities; the place and politics of large (‘obese’) bodies; food, place and identity for migrant women; and tertiary education for sole parents. The central theme of ‘gender, bodies and space’ runs throughout all these projects.
I have experience using: semi-structured interviews with individuals and pairs; focus groups; diary writing; using data obtained from internet sources especially YouTube, participant observation; and cooking and eating with research participants which involves using the body as “an instrument of research.”
I tend to draw heavily on the work of a range of feminist poststructuralist theorists. A few of my favourites include Sara Ahmed, Elizabeth Grosz, Iris Young, Elspeth Probyn, Judith Butler, Julia Kristeva and more recently, Sara Ahmed.
Longhurst, R., & Jones, A. (2018). Enhancing higher education curricula: A case study from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. London Review of Education, 16(2), 268-278. doi:10.18546/LRE.16.2.07
Longhurst, R., McLeay, C., Wilson, A., & Page, N. (2018). Distinguished New Zealand Geographer: Associate Professor Lex Chalmers. New Zealand Geographer, 74(1), 57-58. doi:10.1111/nzg.12183_2
Basnet, S., Johnston, L., & Longhurst, R. (2018). Embodying ‘accidental ethnography’: staying overnight with former Bhutanese refugees in Aotearoa New Zealand. Social and Cultural Geography, -online, 1-16. doi:10.1080/14649365.2018.1480056
Longhurst, R. (2017). Bodies. In M. Jayne, & K. Ward (Eds.), Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives (pp. 51-62). Abingdon: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).
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Robyn has supervised more than 15 PhDs to completion. She is currently supervising five students who are studying a range of topics including: the digital lives of Muslim sportswomen; Hinateiwaiwa and the ritual knowledges of the whare tangata; lesbians having children, Bhutanese refugees in New Zealand and Muslim women’s experiences of living in Hamilton, New Zealand.
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