Dr Gail Adams-Hutcheson

Gail Adams-Hutcheson

Research Associate

Qualifications: BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD

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

Papers Taught

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., & Smith, P. (2020). Skin, sweat and materiality: Feminist geographies of emotion and affect. In Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies (pp. 80-91).

  • Lee, S., Blue, B., Adams-Hutcheson, G., & Dickinson, P. (2020). Negotiating tensions, creating connections: The NZGS early career research network. New Zealand Geographer, 76(1), 80-84. doi:10.1111/nzg.12245

  • Adams-Hutcheson, G., & Johnston, L. (2019). Flourishing in fragile academic work spaces and learning environments: feminist geographies of care and mentoring. Gender, Place & Culture, -online, 1-17. doi:10.1080/0966369x.2019.1596885

  • Adams-Hutcheson, G., Bartos, A. E., Dombroski, K., Le Heron, E., & Underhill-Sem, Y. (2019). Feminist geographies in Aotearoa New Zealand: cultural, social and political moments. Gender, Place and Culture, 26(7-9), 1182-1197. doi:10.1080/0966369X.2018.1558180

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Cultural geography; disasters; emotion; affect and psychoanalysis