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:
- 2019 Appointed to Marsden Fund SOC-STD Panel
- 2018 Elected Fellow of Te Apārangi Royal Society of New Zealand
- 2018 Awarded International Geographical Union Laureat d’honneur
- 2018 Appointed to RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) Board of Directors
- 2018 Inaugural Solidarity Award - Awarded by the Association of American Geographers, as a ‘Past and Present Editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography’
- 2018 Elected Member of the Society of Woman Geographers (Washington, USA)
- Chair Academic Quality Agency Cycle 6 Academic Audit – Enhancement Theme National Steering Group
- 2016 Appointed member Performance 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., & Melville, L. (2020). Embodiment: Lesbians, space, sperm and reproductive technologies. In Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies (pp. 143-152).
Morrison, C. -A., Woodbury, E., Johnston, L., & Longhurst, R. (2020). Disabled people's embodied and emotional geographies of (not)belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand. Health & Place, 102283. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102283 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/13387
Bedford, R., Kearns, R., Kennedy, D., Le Heron, R., Longhurst, R., Mansvelt, J., . . . Roche, M. (2020). The New Zealand Geographer reaches 75. New Zealand Geographer. doi:10.1111/nzg.12266
Parmenter, L., Bowell, T., Calvert, S., Longhurst, R., & Tiakiwai, S. -J. (2019). Intercultural dialogue in an Aotearoa New Zealand university: Strategy and curriculum. In U. Lundgren, P. Castro, & J. Woodin (Eds.), Educational Approaches to Internationalization Through Intercultural Dialogue Reflections on Theory and Practice (pp. 86-97). Oxford & New York: Routledge.
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Robyn has supervised more than 20 PhDs. She has recently supervised to completion four students who studied a range of topics including: the digital lives of Muslim sportswomen; Hinateiwaiwa and the ritual knowledges of the whare tangata, Bhutanese refugees in New Zealand and Muslim women’s experiences of living in Hamilton, New Zealand. Robyn is currently supervising three students - one who is researching 'activewear', another, gendered dimensions of climate change, and the third, lesbians having children.
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