Kelly Dombroski

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Department of Geography | Te Tari Matai Matawhenua
University of Canterbury |Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Aotearoa New Zealand


BA, Environment Studies, Massey University
MPhil, Development Studies, Massey University
PhD, Western Sydney University

Honors and Awards

2017 University of Canterbury College of Science Emerging Researcher Award

2017 New Zealand Geographical Society President's Award for Early Career Researchers

Research Interests

My research interests converge around the home, everyday life, and the body as sites of social change. My empirical work is based in multi-ethnic northwest China and in urban Australia and New Zealand.  My current book project is an in-depth exploration of the transformative potential of nappy-free infant hygiene (among other practices) and hybrid research collectives for social and environmental change that begins in the home. I am currently working with Katharine Mckinnon and Stephen Healy on a project looking at economies of care (particularly maternity care). I am working with Gradon Diprose, Stephen Healy and others outside the collective on a project on commoning and urban wellbeing through community enterprise in post-quake Christchurch.

Contact Information

Department of Geography

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Private Bag 4800

Ilam 8140


New Zealand