Emeritus Professor Harvey Charles Perkins

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


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
  • Member of Engaged Social Science


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mackay, M., & Perkins, H. C. (2019). Making space for community in super-productivist rural settings. JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, 68, 1-12. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.03.012
  • Chukwudumogu, I. C., Levy, D., & Perkins, H. (2019). The influence of sentiments on property owners in post-disaster rebuild A case study of Christchurch, New Zealand. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 37 (2), 243-261. 10.1108/PM-04-2018-0031
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Deborah Levy
  • Mackay, M., Nelson, T., & Perkins, H. C. (2018). Interpretive walks: advancing the use of mobile methods in the study of entrepreneurial farm tourism settings. Geographical Research, 56 (2), 167-175. 10.1111/1745-5871.12275
  • Pawson, E., Le Heron, R., Campbell, H., Henry, M., Le Heron, E., Legun, K., ... Rosin, C. (2018). The New Biological Economy: How New Zealanders are Creating Value from the Land (1st). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press. Pages: 290. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Le Heron, Nicolas Lewis
  • 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

Contact details

Primary office location

Level P1, Room P101A
New Zealand

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