Mr William Robert Campbell Howie

B. Acc. (Hons), Univ. of Dundee, Scotland : Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics : Massey University , New Zealand

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Teacher of High School Geography in New Zealand from 2004 till 2012 at three schools; Tuakau College, Kelston Boys High School and St Peters College.

Prior to teaching, worked as a chartered accountant in Glasgow after graduating from university and then worked in the family agricultural business which comprised egg production, dairy farming, grain milling, sawmilling, limestone quarries, security fencing and frozen food wholesaler. Emigrated to New Zealand in 2000.

Commenced research in July 2013.

Research | Current

My thesis is inspired by the work of Professor Kenneth Cumberland and the 1981 documentary series Landmarks, which examined the history of human and natural interaction in forging the nation of New Zealand.

I am looking at how the work of public intellectuals, such as the late Professor Cumberland, can inform and promote the discipline of Geography in a New Zealand context.

This has let to an examination of how 'public geography' is performed in New Zealand. The work of Michael Burawoy and Kevin Ward profide a foundation for my research.

Teaching | Current


  • Geog 101: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms: Teaching Assistant
  • Geog 104: Urban Mobilities: Teaching Assistant
  • Geog 315: Research Designs and Methods in Human Geography: Teaching Assistant


1995: Waitangi Foundation (Now the 'Link Foundation') Scholar

2013: Landmarks:Cumberlands magnum opus? Environment and Nature New Zealand Volume 8 No.1

2014: Geographical Imaginaries: Articulating the values of geography. New Zealand Geographer 70 (2)

2015: In submission: 'Who, What, Where, When, Why and How': Using simple questions to spark students Geographical Imaginations. In 'Geography in Focus'


NZ Geographical Society Postgraduate Network Auckland Branch Organiser 2014

Areas of expertise

  • Public Geography and its attendant discources
  • Geographical Imaginaries and how they inform our discipline
  • High school Geography in New Zealand
  • Public Intellectualism
  • The work of Professor Kenneth Cumberland

Contact details

Alternative contact

Mobile: 021 522 313

Office hours

Wednesday to Friday 10-6