Emeritus Professor Iain Hay

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Iain Hay is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Geography in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University. He is former foundation Dean (Education) for the College and was also Australian Discipline Scholar for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Iain completed his PhD at the University of Washington as a Fulbright Scholar and received a LittD from the University of Canterbury for work on geographies of domination and oppression. He is author or editor of many books including Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (5th edn Oxford 2021) ; Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich (Elgar 2016); and How to be an Academic Superhero. Developing and Sustaining a Career in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (Elgar 2017) and has had editorial roles with an array of journals, most recently as Editor-in-Chief of Geographical Research. Iain received the 2006 Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and in 2014 was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). He is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Iain has a long history of service to the Institute of Australian Geographers, including as its Secretary and President. He is currently First Vice-President of the International Geographical Union.

  • BSc (1st class Honours in Geography) Canterbury 1983
  • MA (with Distinction in Geography) Massey 1985
  • PhD Washington 1989
  • GradCertTertEd Flinders 1996
  • MEdMgmt Flinders 2004
  • LittD Canterbury 2009
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2018 American Association of Geographers' Gilbert Grosvenor Geographic Education Honors.
  • 2016 Massey University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, NZ.
  • 2015 Green Gown Australasia Award.
  • 2014 Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, UK.
  • 2013 Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK.
  • 2013 Fellow, New Zealand Geographical Society
  • 2012 Educator-in-Residence, National University of Singapore.
  • 2011 Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Medal, NZ Geographical Society.
  • 2010 Inaugural Association of American Geographers E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award, for "outstanding contributions to the discipline of geography..."
  • 2009 Taylor and Francis Award of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers "for excellence in the promotion and practice of teaching and learning in Geography in Higher Education."
  • 2009 Fellow, Australian College of Educators.
  • 2009 The Council of Education Associations of South Australia, Award "in recognition of outstanding contribution to the teaching profession in South Australia."
  • 2008 Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) Award.
  • 2008 Fellow, Institute of Australian Geographers.
  • 2006 Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.
  • 2006 Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching Excellence (Social Sciences).
  • 2006 Carrick Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning"For sustained leadership and scholarship dedicated to improving the quality of geography learning and teaching within Australia and internationally."
  • 2006 Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors.
  • 2005 Australian Institute of Urban Studies Research Prize
  • 2004 Fellow, Australian Institute of Management.
  • 2000 Life Fellow, Governor's Leadership Foundation (South Australia).
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University 1995, 2000 & 2005
  • 1998 The Ian Potter and George Alexander Foundations Travel Grant 1996 The Geographical Congress '88 Trust Travel Grant
  • 1994 British Academy Visiting Fellow
  • 1989 Fulbright Cultural Enrichment Grant and Fulbright Professional Enhancement Grant
  • 1985 Fulbright-Hayes Travel Award
Key responsibilities

See summary cv

Successful supervision of 14 PhD theses. (See attached list of students and their achievements).

Teaching interests
Supervisory interests
Cultural Geography
Economic Geography
Environmental management
Gender and Geography
Geographical Education
Geographies of the Super-rich
Geography and Ethics
Human Geography - general
Political Geography
Social Geography
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: human geography, human-environment relations, climate change adaptation (1), applied ecology, GIS, conservation (1), human geography, environmental education (1)
Associate supervisor: human geography, environmental education, sustainability (1)
Principal supervisor: human geography, indigenous cultural markers, cultural imperialism (1), GIS, health geography (1), human geography, indigenous-settler relations, colonization, land management (1), human-environment relations, bushfire management (1), human-environment relations, Indonesia, solid-waste management (1)
Associate supervisor: human geography, gambling, homelessness (1), human geography, urban planning, critical geography, sustainability, discourse (1), human geography, volunteering (1), human geography, social capital, sport (1), human geography, citizenship, Japan (1), human geography, public participation, tourism planning, Malaysia (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Paul Johnson

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal - APR 2016

Irene Sahertian

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal - APR 2014

Gavin Malone

Institute of Australian Geographers' Postgraduate Award - APR 2012

Edoardo Rosso

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal - APR 2011

Noel Richards

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal - APR 2009

Michiyo Yoshida

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal - APR 2002

Further information

Iain Hay is interested in geographies of oppression and domination, wealth and income inequality, the super-rich and human-environment relations. He also has a significant record of scholarly work on research ethics and learning and teaching.

For further information see below for a summary cv and list of publications (pdf documents).

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6305-061X

Scopus Author ID: 34770775800

Full List of Publications - Iain Hay (pdf)

Iain Hay summary cv minus phone 05 July 2021 (pdf)

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