My research is concerned with lived experience and well-being in disrupted environments. I examine the processes that contribute to disruption and difficulty in particular places, and seek to identify the kinds of collaborations, policies, and practices able to facilitate well-being within them.
My early work considered rural and urban places affected by economic restructuring and neoliberal welfare reform, while more recent projects have focused on disaster-affected places. In examining a range of disrupted environments, I have given close attention to the nature and relational constitution of settings that some people experience as supportive, enabling and even therapeutic. Empirical investigations in this regard have encompassed community drop-in centres, retreat centres, respite care agencies, residential care facilities, and urban community farms.
I am currently the managing Editor of the New Zealand Geographer, and a member of the editorial board for Social and Cultural Geography and the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies.
Current and recent research projects:
• The Post-Disaster City: Recovery and Renewal in Christchurch, New Zealand
This co-authored book project examines processes of recovery and renewal following the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes. It also uses the case of Christchurch to think about the experience of other forms of environmental disruption, such as those associated with COVID-19 and climate change.
• Fostering Community Well-Being through Urban Agriculture: the example of Cultivate
Funded by the National Science Challenge, this project examines the efforts of an urban community farm in Christchurch to support youth well-being and reinvest its economic surplus in creative ways.
- Best T., Visser R. and Conradson D. (2021) Stress, psychosocial factors and the new zealand forest industry workforce: seeing past the risk of harm to the potential for individual and organisational wellbeing. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 51 http://dx.doi.org/10.33494/NZJFS512021X93X.
- Conradson D. (2021) Recognition and attunement in migration research. Dialogues in Human Geography 11(1): 73-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2043820620975963.
- He L., Dominey-Howes D., Aitchison JC., Lau A. and Conradson D. (2021) How do post-disaster policies influence household-level recovery? A case study of the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquake sequence, New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 60 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102274.
- Cloke P. and Conradson D. (2018) Transitional organisations, affective atmospheres and new forms of being-in-common: Post-disaster recovery in Christchurch, New Zealand. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 43(3): 360-376. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tran.12240.
- Conradson D. (2016) Fostering student mental well-being through supportive learning communities. Canadian Geographer 60(2): 239-244. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cag.12276.