Debbie Hopkins is a human geographer and environmental sociologist currently undertaking a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, New Zealand. Debbie works on the Energy Cultures II research project (http://www.otago.ac.nz/csafe/research/otago049909.html), exploring transport futures for New Zealand. In particular, Debbie is leading research into youth travel behaviours and declining youth licensing, car ownership and vehicle kilometres travelled, and investigating whether this could lead a transition towards a more sustainable and equitable transportation system. Further to this, Debbie is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNet) contributing to research investigating the Social, Political and Economic Risks and Opportunities of Climate Change for New Zealand. Debbie completed her Masters in 2010 (King’s College London) and PhD in 2013 (University of Otago). Her PhD research used a social phenomenon of climate change framing to explore discourses around climate change in New Zealand’s ski industry with a particular focus on relative vulnerability, adaptation and risk perception.



Recent publications (Please contact Debbie for an up to date list):

  • Hopkins, D., & Maclean, K. (2014) Climate change perceptions and responses in Scotland’s Ski Industry, Tourism Geographies 16:1 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14616688.2013.823457  
  • Hopkins, D. (2014) The sustainability of climate change adaptation strategies in New Zealand’s ski industry: a range of stakeholder perceptions, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22:1, p. 107-126 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09669582.2013.804830#.UcI1f_nwbII   
  • Hopkins, D. (2014) The perceived risks of local climate change in Queenstown, New Zealand, Current Issues in Tourism. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13683500.2013.776022 
  • Rosin, C., Dwiartama, A., Grant, D., Hopkins, D. (2014) Using provenance to create stability: State-led territorialisation of Central Otago as assemblage, Special Issue of the New Zealand Geographer on Biological Economies, 69:3, p. 235-248 
  • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nzg.12024/abstract  
  • Hopkins, D. (2013) Learning about climate: an exploration of the socialisation of climate change, Weather, Climate and Society 5:4, p.381-393 http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/WCAS-D-12-00055.1  
  • Hopkins, D., Higham, J., & Becken, S. (2013) Climate change in a regional context: relative vulnerability in the Australasian skier market, Regional Environmental Change 13: 2, p. 449-458 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-012-0352-z 
  • Hopkins, D. (2013) The Social Phenomenon of Climate Change: Contextual Vulnerability, Risk Perceptions and Adaptation in the Ski Industry of Queenstown, New Zealand. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Otago, New Zealand. http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4215