Population, mobilities and wellbeing

Our research examines the changing nature of population dynamics and the multiple aspects of wellbeing and mobility.

People walking down Symonds Street

Movement is central to human existence, whether it be literal travel or metaphorical journeys.

Our work draws on modern geographical theory by adopting multiple methods of enquiry. In particular, we ask questions such as - how does mobility shape population dynamics, health and wellbeing? We consider how mobility influences the nature of a place and vice versa - do the characteristics of places influence populations, and outcomes for human livelihood and wellbeing?

Our research topics

  • Nation and migration: population mobilities, desires and state practices in 21st century New Zealand 
  • Neighbourhoods for active kids, as part of Kids in the City 
  • Enabling participation for children with disabilities 
  • The camp and camping: transient spaces & practices
  • Imprisonment and disasters 
  • HOPE for DRR (Homeless People for Disaster Risk Reduction) 
  • Demographic, ethnic and socio-economic change 
  • Financialisation and the welfare state

Our researchers