My research is concerned with community welfare and well-being in western societies. I approach these topics from the perspectives of social, cultural and health geography. My thinking is also shaped by work in psychology and psychotherapy, community and public health, and by interdisciplinary scholarship on emotion and affect. A number of my current projects are connected to recovery after the Canterbury earthquakes.
I am an Editor for Social and Cultural Geography and a member of the editorial advisory board for Social Science and Medicine. I serve on the University of Canterbury’s Human Ethics Committee.
Current and recent research projects:
• Stories of movement: experiences of disruption and adjustment in a post-quake city (PI)
• Promoting community resilience: a framework for best practice (co-I)
• Community recovery indicators and well-being survey (co-I)
• City of flows: household water practices in Christchurch, New Zealand (PI)
• Affective choreography: contemporary techniques for the orchestration of feeling (PI)
• The revalorisation of stillness: the contemporary place of retreat (PI)