Mr Brendon Tatnell Blue

BSc (Hons), Geography (Auckland); BSc, Geography and Psychology (Auckland)

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Professional Teaching Fellow

Research | Current

My research explores the role of measurement, uncertainty and place in physical geography as a science. I engage with questions of what we measure and why, investigating how that shapes (and is shaped by) approaches to managing the physical environment. I place particular emphasis on contemporary concerns for diversity, 'naturalness', and value in landscapes, drawing on a wide range of influences to explore physical geography as a discipline, as an intellectual project and as a way of knowing the world.

Teaching | Current

Course coordinator:

Geog 205 Summer school - Environment and Society

Geog 101 - Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Envsci 101 - Environment, Science and Management

Areas of expertise

Human-environmental relationships as expressed through fluvial geomorphology, river classification and environmental management.

The production of scientific knowledge, its contextual nature and its ethical application.

The influence of place on 'best practice': the practical application of knowledge across space.

The interfaces and interactions between scientific evidence, politics and public policy.

The role of measurement practices in shaping social and environmental outcomes.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Blue, B., & Brierley, G. (2016). 'But what do you measure?' Prospects for a constructive critical physical geography. Area, 48 (2), 190-197. 10.1111/area.12249
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gary Brierley
  • Brierley, G., Fryirs, K., Cullum, C., Tadaki, M., Huang, H. Q., & Blue, B. (2013). Reading the landscape: Integrating the theory and practice of geomorphology to develop place-based understandings of river systems. Progress in Physical Geography, 37 (5), 601-621. 10.1177/0309133313490007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gary Brierley
  • Blue, B., Brierley, G., & Yu, G.-A. (2013). Geodiversity in the Yellow River source zone. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 23 (5), 775-792. 10.1007/s11442-013-1044-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gary Brierley
  • Blue, B., Gregory, C., Mcfarlane, K., Tadaki, M., van Limburg-Meijer, P., & Lewis, N. (2012). Freshwater geographies: Experimenting with knowing and doing geography differently. New Zealand Geographer, 68 (1), 62-66. 10.1111/j.1745-7939.2012.01223.x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicolas Lewis


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 5, Room 525
New Zealand

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