David Conradson

Associate ProfessorDavid Conradson

Geography Staff Block Rm 408
Internal Phone: 94103


Research Interests

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 a member of the editorial board for Social and Cultural Geography and a member of the editorial advisory board for Social Science and Medicine. I previously served on the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee.

Current and recent research projects:

• Shaping Places / Future Neighbourhoods (NSC11 Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities)

• Transforming geographical education: learning for Earth futures

• Living in the colour-coded city: understanding and building community resilience

• Stories of movement: experiences of disruption and adjustment in a post-quake city

Recent Publications

  • 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 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.
  • Davies TR., Beaven S., Conradson D., Densmore A., Gaillard JC., Johnston D., Milledge D., Oven K., Petley D. and Rigg J. (2015) Towards disaster resilience: A scenario-based approach to co-producing and integrating hazard and risk knowledge. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 13: 242-247. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.05.009.
  • Kearns RA., Collins D. and Conradson D. (2014) A healthy island blue space: From space of detention to site of sanctuary. Health & Place 30(6): 107-115. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.005.
  • Stevenson JR., Chang-Richards Y., Conradson D., Wilkinson S., Vargo J., Seville E. and Brunsdon D. (2014) Organizational Networks and Recovery Following the Canterbury Earthquakes. Earthquake Spectra 30(1): 555-575. http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/022013EQS041MR.