- Research Fellow in Low Carbon Mobility and Energy Demand
- Junior Research Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Hopkins joined the Transport Studies Unit in February 2016 to work with Dr Tim Schwanen and the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand. Prior to this, Debbie was a Research Fellow on the Energy Cultures II research programme at the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago (New Zealand). She also held a postdoctoral position with the Otago Climate Change Network (2014), and was an associate investigator on the Built Environment and Active Transport to School project (2013-2016, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago). Debbie completed her PhD entitled The Social Phenomenon of Climate Change in December 2013, and holds a master's degree from the Department of Geography, King's College London (2009, cum laude).
Debbie is an environmental social scientist and human geographer, with research expertise in socio-spatial interpretations and experiences of environmental issues. Her research is broadly concerned with the social dimensions of climate change, and this is informed by two interrelated research directions:
- The social practice of mobilities and low-carbon mobility transitions. Empirical research includes investigations of urban freight, generational mobility trends, virtual mobilities, collaborative consumption, and academic mobilities.
- Socially and locally determined perceptions of weather, climate and climate change, risk perceptions, representations of climate change, and frames of vulnerability.
At TSU, Debbie will be working with Dr Schwanen on a project related to the RCUK funded Research Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (2013-2018) examining the energy implications of smart mobility and the role(s) of autonomous vehicles in a low-carbon transition.
Debbie has previously taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on research method, environment & society, energy, transport & mobility, and climate change.
At Oxford, Debbie will be acting course director for the TSU's short course Oxford Leadership Programme: Global Challenges in Transport and module leader for the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development on the transport and sustainability module (April 2016 - March 2017).
Debbie is currently involved in a number of outreach projects, including:
- Sustainability columnist for the Otago Daily Times (New Zealand), with a monthly column on transport, mobilities and sustainability topics
- Science advisory board member for the Freiburg workshop on 'Desirable Transport Futures', Freiburg, Germany 28th June - 1st July 2016
- Climate change expert for the New Zealand Science Media Centre
- ECR Representative for the RGS-IBG Transport Geography Research Group
Debbie has previously contributed to city council and national government policy workshops (e.g. the advisory/ technical group, Te Ao Turoa - Dunedin's draft Environment Strategy, Dunedin City Council) as well as being selected to sit on a number of national committees (e.g. New Zealand Royal Society Early Career Researcher Forum Founding Committee Member).
- Hopkins, D. and Higham, J.E.S. (eds.) (2016) Low Carbon Mobility Transitions. GoodFellow Publishers, Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-1-910158-64-7.
- Higham, J.E.S., Haukeland, J.V., Hopkins, D., Vistad, O.I., Lindberg, K. and Daugstad, K. (2016) National Parks policy and planning: A comparative analysis of friluftsliv (Norway) and the dual mandate (New Zealand). Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 8(2): 146-175.
- Hopkins, D. (2016) Can environmental awareness explain declining preference for car-based mobility amongst generation Y? An examination of learn to drive behaviours. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 94: 149-163.
- Hopkins, D. (2016) Destabilising automobility? The emergent mobilities of generation Y. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment.
- Hopkins, D. and Mandic, S. (2016) Perceptions of cycling amongst High School Students and their Parents. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.
- Hopkins, D. and McCarthy, A. (2016) Change trends in urban freight delivery: A qualitative inquiry. Geoforum, 74: 158-170.
- Hopkins, D. and Stephenson, J. (2016) The replication and reduction of automobility: findings from Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Transport Geography, 56: 92-101.
- Mandic, S. Hopkins, D., Bengoechea, E., Flaherty, C. Williams, J. Sloane, L., Moore, A., and Spence, J. (2016) Adolescents' perceptions of cycling versus walking to school: Understanding the New Zealand context. Journal of Transport and Health.
- Mandic, S., Williams, J., Moore, A., Hopkins, D., Flaherty, C., Wilson, G., García Bengoechea, E. and Spence, J.C. (2016) Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Study: Protocol for a Cross-Sectional Study. BMJ Open, 6. e011196.
- Rees, D., Stephenson, J., Hopkins, D. and Doering, A. (2016) Exploring stability and change in transport systems: combining Delphi and System Dynamics approaches. Transportation: 1-17.
- Hall, C.M., Amelung, B., Cohen, S., Eijgelaar, E. Gossling, S., Higham, J., Leemans, R., Peeters, P., Ram, Y., Scott, D., Hopkins, D. Huijbens, E.H., Koens, K., Lamers, M., et al. (2015) Denying Bogus Skepticism in Climate Change and Tourism Research. Tourism Management, 47: 352-356.
- Hall, C.M., Amelung, B., Cohen, S., Eijgelaar, E. Gossling, S., Higham, J., Leemans, R., Peeters, P., Ram, Y., Scott, D., Hopkins, D. Huijbens, E.H., Koens, K., Lamers, M., et al. (2015) No time for smokescreen skepticism: A rejoinder to Shani and Arad. Tourism Management, 47: 341-347.
- Hopkins, D. (2015) Applying a comprehensive contextual climate change vulnerability framework to New Zealandís tourism industry. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, 44(2): 110-120.
- Hopkins, D. (2015) Public opinion: Country comparisons. Nature Climate Change, 5: 975-976.
- Hopkins, D. (2015) The perceived risks of local climate change in Queenstown, New Zealand. Current Issues in Tourism, 18(10): 947-965.
- Hopkins, D., Campbell-Hunt, C., Carter, L., Higham, J.E.S. and Rosin, C. (2015) Climate change and Aotearoa New Zealand: A review. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6(6): 559-583.
- Hopkins, D., Higham, J.E.S., Topp, S. and Duncan, D. (2015) Academic mobility in the Anthropocene: A comparative study of university policy at three New Zealand institutions. Journal of Sustainable Tourism (Special Issue on Understanding and Governing Sustainable Mobility), 24(3): 376-395.
- Mandic, S., Mountfort, A., Hopkins, D., Flaherty, C., Williams, J., Brook, E., Moore, A., Wilson, G. and Spence, J. (2015) Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Study: Multidisciplinary and multi-sector collaboration for physical activity promotion. Retos: Nuevas tendencias en Educacion Fisica, Deporte y Recreacion (Challenges: New tendencies in Physical Education, Sport and Recreation), 28: 197-202.
- Stephenson, J., Barton, B., Carrington, G., Doering, A., Ford, B., Hopkins, D., Lawson, R., McCarthy, A., Rees, D., Scott, M.G., Thorsnes, P., Walton, S., Williams, J. and Wooliscroft, B. (2015) The Energy Cultures Framework: Exploring the role of norms, practices and material culture in shaping energy behaviour in New Zealand. Energy Research and Social Science, 7: 117-123.
- Hopkins, D. (2014) The sustainability of climate change adaptation strategies in New Zealandís ski industry: a range of stakeholder perceptions. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(1): 107-126.
- Hopkins, D. and Maclean, K. (2014) Climate change perceptions and responses in Scotland's ski industry. Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment, 16(3): 400-414.
- Hopkins, D. and Stephenson, J. (2014) Generation Y mobilities through the lens of energy cultures: a preliminary exploration of mobility cultures. Journal of Transport Geography, 38: 88-91.
- Stephenson, J. Hopkins, D. and Doering, A. (2014) Conceptualizing transport transitions: Energy Cultures as an organizing framework. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment, 4(4): 354-364.
- Hopkins, D. (2013) Learning about Climate: An Exploration of the Socialization of Climate Change. Weather, Climate and Society, 5(4): 381-393.
- Hopkins, D., Higham, J. and Becken, S. (2013) Climate change in a regional context: relative vulnerability in the Australasian skier market. Regional Environmental Change, 13(2): 449-458.
- Rosin, C., Dwiartama, A., Grant, D. and Hopkins, D. (2013) Using provenance to create stability: State-led territorialisation of Central Otago as assemblage. New Zealand Geographer, 69(3): 235-248.
- Hopkins, D. and Markowitz, E. (forthcoming) Geographies of climate change: Country location, nationality and beliefs. In, Nisbet, M.C., Schafer, M., Markowitz, E., Ho, S., O'Neill, S. and Thaker, J. (eds.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
- Hopkins, D. and Mandic, S. (2017) Purposeful leisure mobilities: reframing the walk to school. In, Hall, C.M., Ram, Y. and Shoval, N. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Walking Studies: Leisure, Travel and Wellbeing. Routledge, London. 488 pp. ISBN: 978-1-13-819534-9.
- Higham, J.E.S. and Hopkins, D. (2014) Wildlife viewing: ďCall it consumption!Ē. Chapter 22 in, Gossling, S., Scott, D. and Hall, M. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability. Routledge, London.
- Hopkins, D. and Becken, S. (2014) Socio-cultural resilience. Chapter 39 in, Hall, M., Williams, A. and Lew, A. (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Tourism. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-118-47448-8.
- Hopkins, D. and Higham, J.E.S. (2012) Framework conventions for climate change: An analysis of global framework conventions with reference to resource governance and environmental management approaches in New Zealand. Chapter 22 in, Holden, A. and Fennell, D. (eds.) A Handbook of Tourism and the Environment. Routledge, London. pp. 227-240.
- Hopkins, D. and Stephenson, J. (2015) Generation Y Mobilities: Full Report. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. ISBN: 978-0-9941219-3-6.
- Hopkins, D. and Stephenson, J. (2015) Generation Y Mobilities: Highlights. Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE), University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. ISBN: 978-0-9941219-2-9.
- Stephenson, J., Hopkins, D. and McCarthy, A. (2014) New Zealandís future transport system: drivers of change. Initial report from the NZ Delphi study. Energy Cultures research programme, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. ISBN: 978-0-473-31177-3.
- Hopkins, D. (2016) Book review of: Viry, G., and Kaufmann, V. High Mobility in Europe: Work and Personal Life. Journal of Transport Geography, 56: 1-2.
- Hopkins, D. (2016) Book review of: Cidell, J. and Prytherch, D. Transport, Mobility, and the Production of Urban Space. Geographical Research, 54(1): 108-110.
- Hopkins, D. (2013) Book review of: Becken, S. and Hay, J. Climate Change and Tourism: From Policy to Practice. New Zealand Geographer, 69: 167-173.
Selected media Coverage
- The Guardian, 28 July 2015, "Climate change: World's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as a threat"
- Washington Post, 27 July 2015, "Forty percent of adults on Earth have never heard of climate change"
- Otago Daily Times, 29 July 2015, "Climate change views relative"
- He Kitenga Horizons, University of Otago Research Highlights, December 2014, "Driving test"
- New Zealand Listener, 3rd April 2014, "Hit the Breaks"
- Otago Daily Times, 9 February 2014, "In-depth study of pupil's transport"
- He Kitenga Horizons, University of Otago Research Highlights, December 2013, "The climate change challenge"