NZGS Conference 2020
25 - 27 Nov 2020 Wellington
About the conference


The School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington will be hosting the biennial New Zealand Geographical Society Conference from 25 - 27 November 2020 at Victoria University of Wellington. The conference will commence with pre-conference workshops and field trips on Tuesday 24 November and conference sessions will run from 25 - 27 November. The conference theme is Embracing Diversity: Expanding Geographies.

Keynote speakers

Farhana Sultana

Syracuse University

Farhana is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflict at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is interested in nature-society relationships, political ecology, critical development studies, feminist theories, urban studies, climate change, water governance, social justice, human rights, citizenship and South Asia. She has a background in the natural and social sciences, policy experience, has lived and worked on three continents, is a post-colonial subject and scholar and has a lifelong commitment to critical praxis and social justice. Farhana is the recipient of the 2019 Glenda Laws award from the AAG.

Tina Ngata

Ngāti Porou

A Ngati Porou wāhine and mother of two, Tina’s work involves advocacy for environmental, Indigenous and human rights. This includes local, national and international initiatives that highlight the role of settler colonialism in issues such as climate change and waste pollution, and promote Indigenous conservation as best practice for a globally sustainable future. Tina has been a leading voice in pushing for action on plastic waste that tackles the root of the problem, empowers communities, and avoids reproducing colonialism. She blogs as The Non-Plastic Māori, and is a staunch advocate of Indigenous science.

James Renwick

Victoria University of Wellington

James is Professor and Head of School at the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. James has nearly four decades’ experience in weather and climate research. His main field is large-scale climate variability and climate change, including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycle, the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds, and the impacts of climate variability and change on the Pacific, New Zealand and the Antarctic. James was a lead author for the last two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is a Convening Lead Author for the new 6th IPCC Assessment. He was recently awarded the Prime Minister’s 2018 prize for Science Communication.

Geoffrey Caruso

University of Luxembourg and LISER

Geoffrey is Professor in Urban Analysis and Modelling at the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). His research is devoted to understanding spatial patterns and dynamics with specific foci on urban forms and residential choice, their impact on transport and the environment, the role of green space, and the integration of geosimulation and urban economics.

Emalani Case

Victoria University of Wellington

Emalani is a lecturer in Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She coordinates core Pacific Studies courses focusing on Pacific heritages, histories in Polynesia, and the role of artists and activists in reframing Pacific societies. As a Hawaiian woman, activist, writer and dancer, she is deeply engaged in issues of indigenous rights and representation, dietary colonialism and food sovereignty, political independence, and environmental and social justice. Her current research focuses on Hawaiian articulations of identity and nationalism, sovereignty, and decolonizing indigenous minds and bodies. She is from Waimea, Hawaiʻi.

Eduardo Gudynas

Latin American Institute on Social Ecology

Eduardo is a senior researcher at the Latin American Center on Social Ecology (CLAES) in Montevideo, Uruguay. His work focuses on the environment and alternatives to development, and he is involved with various social movements seeking to advance such alternatives. He is a member of the Uruguayan Research System and an associate researcher at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis; held the 2016 Arne Naess Chair on Environment and Global Justice at the University of Oslo; research fellow 2019 at the Centre for Advanced Studies LMU Munich; and he is listed among the 75 key thinkers in development (Simon, 2019).

Important dates

17 Feb 2020 - Call for abstracts is now open
30 April 2020 - Call for abstracts closes
31 July 2020 - Early bird registration closes

24 Nov 2020 - Pre-conference workshops and field trips
25 - 27 Nov 2020 - NZGS Conference


Call for abstracts and information on pre-conference events & proposed sessions - please click below.

Call for abstracts

Pre-conference events

Proposed sessions


Registration fees
Fees are in New Zealand dollars (incl. GST) and include: Conference sessions, Morning/afternoon teas and lunches, Poster reception, Conference dinner.
Registration cut off dates are New Zealand Standard Time.

Registration Type Early Bird ** Standard
General member* $625.00 $685.00
General non-member $675.00 $725.00
Student member* $305.00 $350.00
Student non-member $350.00 $390.00
Day member* $230.00
Day non-member $275.00

* NZGS Member number required for the online registration.
** Early bird ends midnight 31 July 2020.

Register here


The conference will be held at Victoria University of Wellington on Kelburn Campus in Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference venue

Contact us at VUW

Dr Mirjam Schindler, Dr Marcela Palomino-Schalscha, Dr Amanda Thomas, Pascarn Dickinson,
Dr. Stefan Jendersie , Dr. Polly Stupples, Prof. David O'Sullivan, Eduardo Salazar Moreira