Ron Lister Chair in Geography





Division of Humanities/Te Kete Aronui


The University of Otago invites applications for the Ron Lister Chair in Geography in the School of Geography.

The University of Otago is a research-intensive university with a long history of excellence. The School of Geography has an excellent reputation for both our teaching and research and attracts high-quality, ambitious students from both New Zealand and abroad, who flourish in our inspirational environment.

We are committed to working closely with iwi and Māori organisations and mātauranga Māori has become an integral part of teaching and research across the institution. Our relationship with Ngāi Tahu as mana whenua within their takiwā of Te Waipounamu and, through this, as the University’s principal Treaty partner is especially important.  


The role/Te mahi

The Ron Lister Chair is an endowed position, set up in honour of the first Professor of Geography at Otago. A generous research grant is attached to the position.

The University is seeking to appoint a new Professor who is already recognised as an international leader in their field and who has the ability to span and link applied academic research and teaching across the broad scope of Human Geography and Environmental Studies. The capacity to focus on key global challenges, including but not limited to sustainability, the climate and environmental crises, social and environmental justice, inequality, poverty and development, loss of biodiversity, and changing landscapes, is essential. An aptitude to relate their work and teaching to an established knowledge of Asia and/or the Pacific is important.

The University is seeking an individual who can represent the discipline nationally and internationally in academic fora and across broader society.


Skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The successful candidate is expected to have:
•    A PhD in Geography or closely related discipline.
•    Established international profile and leadership.
•    An outstanding and impactful research record in their field of expertise.
•    Established excellence in teaching and post-graduate supervision.
•    Interest in and an ability to promote both applied research and associated theoretical advances.
•    An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff members.
•    A commitment to being a productive collaborator with a track record of working collegially within and beyond academia.
•    Proven success in securing research funding.
•    Ability to teach into core Geography programmes (particularly in human geography, environmental studies and/or development studies) at both the under- and post-graduate levels, and to develop new course offerings in their area of specialization.
•    Ability to play a leadership role in the School of Geography and to network with scholars from cognate disciplines at the University and beyond.

The ability to apply te ao Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Māori approaches will be an advantage.


Further details/ Pūroko

The University of Otago is well-known for its collegiality and, combined with living in the vibrant city of Dunedin, provides opportunities for an excellent work-life balance.

The Dunedin campus is ranked as one of the top 15 most beautiful in the world. The city has excellent schools, and a great array of activities, ranging from Art and Literature to outdoor activities.  

Specific enquiries may be directed to Elena Calvert, Recruitment Manager, via the contact details below.


Application/ Tono

Candidates are requested to submit the following:
•    A CV
•    A cover letter
•    A teaching dossier (including teaching evaluations)
•    Three sample publications
•    Three referee contact details
To submit your application please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2101689 will close on Sunday, 26 September 2021.

Additional Information

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Position details: Information Statement

Guidelines for Academic Positions: Guidelines

Further Information: Department Website

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