Emeritus Professor Harvey Charles Perkins

MA (Otago), PhD (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Dip Arts (Otago), Dip Tch (Dunedin)

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Adjunct Professor


Harvey has had a varied career in teaching, public service, management, consultancy and academia in NZ, the US and the UK.


  • Adjunct Professor of Human Geography, Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Adjunct Professor of Geography, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Research Affiliate, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Fellow, New Zealand Geographical Society

Areas of expertise

Urban and rural transformation

Harvey is a geographer and conducts research of interest to human geographers, sociologists, planners and property personnel. This research focuses on elements of urban, peri-urban and rural social, economic and environmental change.

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Recently completed activities:

  • Founding member of the joint University of Canterbury/Lincoln University Research Programme in Human Settlement
  • Member of the management committee of the Building Research Capacity in the Social Sciences (BRCSS) Network
  • Senior Adjunct Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and then the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Canterbury
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the University of Canterbury Social Science Research Centre
  • Member of the Management Board of the Isaac Centre for Nature Conservation
  • Member of the Board for the Centre for Housing Research Aotearoa New Zealand (CHRAHZ)
  • President and member of the Executive of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Geographical Society
  • Associate Editor of Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences online
  • Expert adviser to the Social Wellbeing Work Stream of the post-earthquakes Christchurch City Council's Central City Plan
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Asia Pacific Network for Housing Research


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Pawson, E., & Perkins, H. C. (2017). New Zealand going global: The emerging relationships economy. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 58 (3), 257-272. 10.1111/apv.12170
  • Mackay, M., & Perkins, H. C. (2017). DIY dreams and the potential of home. Housing, Theory and Society, 1-17. 10.1080/14036096.2017.1408679
  • Mackay, M., & Perkins, H. C. (2017). The globalising world of DIY house improvement: Interpreting a cultural and commercial phenomenon. Housing Studies, 32 (6), 758-777. 10.1080/02673037.2016.1234031
  • Perkins, H. C., Mackay, M., & Espiner, S. (2015). Putting pinot alongside merino in Cromwell District, Central Otago, New Zealand: Rural amenity and the making of the global countryside. Journal of Rural Studies, 39, 85-98. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.03.010
  • Doody, B. J., Perkins, H. C., Sullivan, J. J., Meurk, C. D., & Stewart, G. H. (2014). Performing weeds: Gardening, plant agencies and urban plant conservation. Geoforum, 56, 124-136. 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.07.001
  • Pawson, E., & Perkins, H. (2013). Worlds of wool: Recreating value off the sheep's back. New Zealand Geographer, 69 (3), 208-220. 10.1111/nzg.12032
  • Perkins, H., & Thorns, D. C. (2012). Place, Identity and Everyday Life in a Globalizing World. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Vallance, S., Perkins, H. C., Bowring, J., & Dixon, J. E. (2012). Almost Invisible: Glimpsing the City and its Residents in the Urban Sustainability Discourse. Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban Studies, 49 (8), 1695-1710. 10.1177/0042098011417903
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15119

Contact details

Primary office location

Level P1, Room P101A
New Zealand

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