- Associate Professor in Human Geography
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: +44 (0)1865 275869
Debbie is an Associate Professor in Human Geography jointly appointed between the School of Geography and the Environment, and the Sustainable Urban Development programme. She completed her master's degree (Geography, with distinction) at King's College London in 2010, PhD at the University of Otago (New Zealand) in December 2013, and postdoctoral training at the Centre for Sustainability (Otago, New Zealand, 2014-2016), and the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford (2016-2017). Debbie was previously a Departmental Research Lecturer jointly appointed between the Transport Studies Unit and the School of Geography and the Environment (Oxford, 2017-2019). Debbie is the Associate Editor (Transport and Mobilities) of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography. Between 2017-2019, she undertook a part-time academic secondment with the New Zealand Ministry of Transport.
Debbie has been part of several large research centres and grant applications, including the Energy Cultures project (2013-2016, Otago), the Centre for Innovation and Energy Demand (2016-2018, Sussex, Manchester and Oxford), and the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (2019-2020, multi-institutional). In addition to this, Debbie leads research on low-carbon transitions, labour and mobilities, largely in relation to freight/trucking and waste. Debbie has co-edited two books: Low Carbon Mobility Transitions (GoodFellow Publishers, 2016) and Transitions in Energy Efficiency and Demand (Routledge (Open Access), 2018).
Debbie sits on the advisory board of the Oxford Climate Society, is an international advisory board member of the DRIVERS project (led by Prof Marianne Ryghaug, Norweigan Research Council, 2019-2024). In 2020, Debbie completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of Oxford.
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, goods and 'waste', with a focus on cities and urban environments. Debbie is currently working on a number of 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, 2017-2020, PI)
- Experimenting with Mobile Methods for Research with Mobile Freight Workers (John Fell OUP Research Fund, 2018-2020, PI)
- Fuel and transport poverty in the UK’s energy transition (FAIR), 2020-2023, Co-I, and Theme 2 (‘Identifying poverty and vulnerabilities’) co-lead
- Dissensus and the energy implications of automated technologies (Digital Society theme, Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions, 2019-2020)
- 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).
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 Prof. 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, on the Energy module for the Environmental Change and Management master's programme and the Energy Systems master's.
Debbie also teaches on the Department of Continuing Education MSc Sustainable Urban Development modules 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 teaches at the Oxford School of Climate Change, hosted by the Oxford Climate Society, University College London, and the University of Otago (NZ), as well as speaking to other groups within and beyond Oxford.
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 undertook 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.) (2018) Transitions in Energy Efficiency and Demand. 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., 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.
- Bach, L., Hopkins, D. and Stephenson, J. (2020) Solar electricity cultures: Household adoption dynamics and energy policy in Switzerland. Energy Research and Social Science, 63: 1-13.
- Hopkins, D. (2020) Sustainable mobility at the interface of transport and tourism (introduction to special issue on ‘Innovative approaches to the study and practice of sustainable transport, mobility and tourism’). Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(2): 129-143.
- Hopkins, D., Kester, J., Meelen, T. and Schwanen, T. (2020) Not more but different: A comment on the transitions research agenda. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 34: 4-6.
- Cohen, S., Hanna, P., Higham, J.E.S., Hopkins, D. and Orchiston, C. (2019) Gender discourses in academic mobility. Gender, Work and Organization.
- Cohen, S.A. and Hopkins, D. (2019) Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 74: 33-42.
- Gössling, S., Hanna, P., Higham, J., Cohen, S. and Hopkins, D. (2019) Can we fly less? Evaluating the 'necessity' of air travel. Journal of Air Transport Management, 81. 101722.
- Hassan, K., Higham, J.E.S., Wooliscroft, B. and Hopkins, D. (2019) 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.
- Higham, J.E.S., Hopkins, D. and Orchiston, C. (2019) The work-sociology of academic aeromobility at remote institutions. Mobilities, 14(5).
- Hopkins, D., Bengoechea, E.G. and Mandic, S. (2019) Adolescents and their aspirations for private car-based transport. Transportation: 1-27.
- Hopkins, D., Higham, J.E.S., Orchiston, C. and Duncan, T. (2019) Practising academic mobilities: Bodies, networks and institutional rhythms. The Geographical Journal, 185(4): 472-484.
- Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Hopkins, D., Wilson, G., Moore, A. and Garcia Bengoechea, E. (2019) “I wanted to go here”: Adolescents’ perspectives on school choice. Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, 12(1): 98-122.
- Haerewa, N., Stephenson, J. and Hopkins, D. (2018) Shared mobility in a Māori community. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 13(2): 233-245.
- 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. (2020) Low Carbon Mobility Transitions. In, Curtis, C. (ed.) The Handbook of Sustainable Transport. Edward Elgar.
- Hopkins, D. (2018) 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. (2018) Climate change and tourism. Chapter 25 in, Cooper, C., Volo, S., Gartner, W.C. and Scott, N.. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Management. SAGE, London, UK.
- Hopkins, D. and Markowitz, E.M. (2018) Geographies of climate change belief. In, Nisbet, M.C., Ho, S.S., Markowitz, E., O'Neill, S., Schäfer, M.S. and Thaker, J. (eds.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
- Hopkins, D. and Schwanen, T. (2018) Experimentation with vehicle automation. In, Jenkins, K.E.H. and Hopkins, D. (eds.) Transitions in Energy Efficiency and Demand: The Emergence, Diffusion and Impact of Low-Carbon Innovation. Routledge, Abingdon. pp. 72-93. ISBN: 9780815356783.
- 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.
- Hopkins, D., Kutzner, D. and Ganve, G. (2018) Urban Freight Research (1972-2014): A Systematic Review of the Field. Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, New Zealand.
- 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.
- Latham, A., Edensor, T., Hopkins, D., Fitt, H., Lobo, M., Mansvelt, H., McNeill, D. and Bissell, D. (2020) Commuter lives: a review symposium on David Bissell's Transit Life. Geographical Research.
- Hopkins, D. (2018) Book review of Bissell, D., Transit Life: How Commuting is Transforming Our Cities. Urban Studies, 56(8): 1701-1707.
- 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"