- Department Research Lecturer in Transport Studies
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: +44 (0)1865 275869
Debbie joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) as a Research Fellow in February 2016. In June 2017, Debbie became jointly appointed by the TSU and the School of Geography and the Environment as a Departmental Research Lecturer. Debbie completed her master's degree (with distinction) from King's College London in 2010, and PhD from the University of Otago (New Zealand) in December 2013.
From 2014 to 2016, Debbie was a Research Fellow on the Energy Cultures 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). Debbie is a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. Her research is broadly concerned with the social dimensions of climate change, the social practice of mobility, and low-carbon mobility transitions.
Debbie is the Associate Editor (Sustainable Transport & Mobilities) of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. She is also completing an academic secondment with the New Zealand Ministry of Transport examining current approaches to 'evidence' and 'research' in policymaking, and working to extend these to account for non-traditional knowledges and non-numeric sources of evidence.
Debbie is a human geographer and environmental social scientist, interested in socio-spatial interpretations and experiences of environmental issues. Her research is broadly concerned with the social dimensions of climate change, socio-technical transitions, and the mobility of people and goods. Debbie is currently working on a number projects that span these interests (primary projects listed below), many of which include international and interdisciplinary collaborators:
- Gender, Freight and Automation (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 2017-2018, PI)
- Experimenting with Mobile Methods for Research with Mobile Freight Workers (John Fell OUP Research Fund, 2018-2019, PI)
- The Energy Implications of Smart and Automated Freight (Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, 2016-2018, AI)
- Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) (Health Research Council of New Zealand, Heart Foundation, University of Otago Research Grant, 2013-2018, AI)
- Academic Mobilities Project (2015-2018, Co-I)
From January 2019, Debbie will be a project researcher with the UK Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) working on the Digital Society theme to investigate the energy implications of automated technologies.
At Oxford, Debbie teaches on the Final Honour School (FHS) and MSc programmes in Geography. She teaches part of the FHS Special Subject course 'Transport and Mobilities' along with Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Jennie Middleton. Debbie also teaches part of the 'Cities, Mobility and Climate Change' Elective to students across the School's MSc programmes.
Debbie teaches on the Department of Continuing Education MSc Sustainable Urban Development modules 'transport and sustainability' and ' Financing Sustainability', and is involved in the TSU's short-course programme 'Global Challenges in Transport'. Between April 2016 and March 2017, Debbie was the acting course director for the Global Challenges in Transport programme, and module leader for the MSUD transport and sustainability module.
Debbie also provides a lecture on 'Climate Change and Mobility' for the Oxford School of Climate Change, hosted by the Oxford Climate Society.
Debbie has previously taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on research method, environment & society, energy, transport & mobility, and climate change.
Debbie actively seeks out opportunities for engagement beyond academia. To this end, she has written articles for regional and national newspapers, and contributed to the development of urban and national government policy (e.g. the advisory/ technical group, Te Ao Turoa - Dunedin's draft Environment Strategy, Dunedin City Council). Debbie was a founding committee member of the New Zealand Royal Society Early Career Researcher Forum, and the Otago Climate Change Network, and is a committee member of the RGS-IBG Transport Geography Research Group. Debbie sits on the advisory board for the Oxford School on Climate Change.
From 2017 to 2019, Debbie is undertaking a part-time academic secondment with the New Zealand Ministry of Transport's research and strategy team, working on a number of projects that develop greater collaboration between the academic and policy communities in New Zealand, and integrate up-to-date academic research, and alternative forms of 'evidence' with policy development.
- Jenkins, K. and Hopkins, D. (eds.) (forthcoming) Transitions in Energy Demand: The emergence, diffusion and impact of low-carbon innovation. Routledge.
- Hopkins, D. and Higham, J.E.S. (eds.) (2016) Low Carbon Mobility Transitions. GoodFellow Publishers, Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-1-910158-64-7.
- Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Hopkins, D., Wilson, G., Moore, A. and García Bengoechea, E. (forthcoming) “I wanted to go here”: Adolescents’ perspectives on school choice. Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform.
- Cohen, S.A. and Hopkins, D. (forthcoming) Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism. Annals of Tourism Research. Annals of Tourism Research, 74C: 33-42.
- Hassan, K., Higham, J.E.S., Wooliscroft, B. and Hopkins, D. (forthcoming) Climate change and World Heritage: A cross-border analysis of the Sundarbans (Bangladesh-India). Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, special issue on Tourism Policy in the Asia Pacific.
- Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Bengoechea, E.G., Hopkins, D., Moore, A., Rodda, J. and Wilson, G. (forthcoming) Enrolling in the closest school: Implications of school choice decisions for active transport to school. Journal of Transport and Health.
- Haerewa, N., Stephenson, J. and Hopkins, D. (2018) Shared mobility in a Māori community. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online.
- Haerewa, N., Stephenson, J. and Hopkins, D. (2018) Shared Transport in a Māori Community, Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences. New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences.
- Hopkins, D. and Schwanen, T. (2018) Automated Mobility Transitions: Governing Processes in the UK. Sustainability, 10(4): 956.
- Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Hopkins, D., Wilson, G., Moore, A. and García Bengoechea, E. (2018) “I wanted to go here”: Adolescents’ perspectives on school choice. Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, 12(1): 98-122.
- Frater, J., Williams, J., Hopkins, D., Flaherty, C., Moore, A., Kingham, S., Kuijer, R. and Mandic, S. (2017) A tale of two New Zealand cities: Cycling to school among adolescents in Christchurch and Dunedin. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 49: 205-214.
- Hopkins, D. (2017) Destabilising automobility? The emergent mobilities of generation Y. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, 46(3): 371-383.
- Hopkins, D. and Mandic, S. (2017) Perceptions of cycling amongst High School Students and their Parents. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 11(5): 342-356.
- Mandic, S. Hopkins, D., Bengoechea, E., Flaherty, C. Williams, J. Sloane, L., Moore, A., and Spence, J. (2017) Adolescents' perceptions of cycling versus walking to school: Understanding the New Zealand context. Journal of Transport and Health, 4: 294-304.
- Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Bengoechea, E.G., Hopkins, D., Moore, A., Rodda, J. and Wilson, G. (2017) Enrolling in the closest school: Implications of school choice decisions for active transport to school. Journal of Transport and Health, 6C: 347-357.
- Stephenson, J., Spector, S., Hopkins, D. and McCarthy, A. (2017) Deep interventions for a sustainable transport future. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.
- 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. 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., 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, 44(198): 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 Zealand’s 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 Zealand’s 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. (forthcoming) Winter sports resources, climate change and the ironies of sports-related mobilities. Chapter 7 in, Higham, J.E.S. and Hinch, T. (eds.) Sport Tourism Development (Edition 3). Channel View Publications, Clevedon, UK.
- Hopkins, D. and Higham, J.E.S. (forthcoming) Climate change and tourism. In, Cooper, C., Gartner, B., Scott, N. and Volo, S. (eds.) Sage Handbook of Tourism Management. SAGE, London, UK.
- Hopkins, D. and Markowitz, E. (forthcoming) Geographies of climate change. 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 Schwanen, T. (2018) Governing the race to automation. In, Marsden, G. and Reardon, L. (eds.) Governance of Smart Mobility. Emerald, Bingley, 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: “Call it consumption!”. 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.
- Spector, S., Stephenson, J. and Hopkins, D. (2017) Interventions for a sustainable transport system for New Zealand: Results from a Delphi study. Energy Cultures Research Programme, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, New Zealand. ISBN: 978-0-9941371-3-5.
- Schwanen, T., Hopkins, D. and Sovacool, B. (2016) Written evidence: House of Lords Science and Technology Committee: Autonomous Vehicles.
- Stephenson, J., Barton, B., Carrington, G., Hopkins, D., Lavelle, M.J., Lawson, R., Rees, D., Scott, M., Thorsnes, P., Walton, S. and Wooliscroft, B. (2016) Energy Cultures Policy Briefs. University of Otago: Centre for Sustainability.
- 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 Zealand’s 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: Cidell, J. and Prytherch, D. Transport, Mobility, and the Production of Urban Space. Geographical Research, 54(1): 108-110.
- Hopkins, D. (2016) Book Review: High Mobility in Europe: Work and Personal Life, Gil Viry, Vincent Kaufmann (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, and New York, US (2015), (£65.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-137-44737-1). Journal of Transport Geography.
- Hopkins, D. (2013) Book Review: 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"