The Geography Department is committed to facilitating learning through community engagement where possible and opportunities exist for this at all levels. This is part of UC's commitment to engaging with local groups to help make the city more sustainable and resilient, especially post-earthquake.
GEOG 309 Research Methods in Geography
GEOG 309 grounds students in research methods, using a group-work approach and service learning. This capstone course prepares students for graduate work or entry to the workforce. Students develop research projects initiated by community groups.
- Analysis of the North Colombo transitional streetscape project
- Community involvement in Halswell
- Engaging visitors in the glacial valleys using interpretation boards
- Hidden environmental impacts of copper in the Christchurch rebuild
- How is the salinity of Lake Kate Sheppard affected by inflows and outflows
- Hydrological characteristics of Lake Kate Sheppard
- Attitudes to native plants
- Avon Otakaro cycleway
- Connections and networks in Halswell
- Education for food resilience in Lyttelton
- Evaluating the social impact of Trees for Canterbury
- Flood and natural hazard management in the Avon Otakaro Corridor
- Gap filling in the suburbs
- Kids for Edible Gardens Evaluation
- Matuku Takotako and Awaroa Sumner and Godley Head GeoPark Region Taylors Mistake
- Mount Pleasant Community Facilities for Youth
- Recovery options for red-zoned public land in Sumner
- Spatial integration of key natural environment recovery options in Sumner valley
- Understanding connections and networks amongst Halswell residents
- Volunteering in Lyttelton
GEOG 402 Resilient Cities
GEOG 402 explores sustainable urban development. The course focuses on geographical issues related to urban planning for resource use and infrastructure development. It includes an applied and practical element, conducted in collaboration with the local government officials and local community groups.
In 2013, Professor Peter Newman (Curtin Uni, Perth), a Visiting Erskine Fellow helped make a film “Christchurch: Resilient City”. The film was made with staff (Prof Simon Kingham and Prof Eric Pawson) and students involved with the GEOG 402 Sustainable Urban Development class in which students learn by working with local community groups and organisations on real research problems related to sustainable urban development. Many of the people in the film are partners we have worked with in the class.
The following are further examples of community engagement that we want to share.
GEOG 110: From 2013 to 2016 students in GEOG 110 surveyed local communities to identify the ‘assets’ within their neighbourhoods, including the skills, knowledge and resources of local people and groups. Links to the final reports and online maps can be found below.
- GEOG110 2016 Report Sydenham (PDF 1084KB) | Maps of key assets and suburb boundaries.
- GEOG110 2015 Report Burwood (PDF 1325KB) | Maps of key assets and suburb boundaries.
- GEOG110 2014 Report Avondale (PDF 1341KB) | Map of key assets.
- GEOG110 2013 Report Parklands (PDF 959KB) | Map of key assets.
A change in focus and staffing from 2017 means GEOG 110 no longer includes a community engagement component.