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). He co-founded Ethics, Place and Environment and has had significant editorial roles with numerous journals, including as Editor-in-Chief of Geographical Research. Iain has an enduring commitment to geographical education. He received the 2006 Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and was later seconded to a major national leadership role for academic standards development. He also has a long history of service to geographical discipline bodies including as Secretary and President of the Institute of Australian Geographers. He is currently First Vice-President of the International Geographical Union, Vice-President of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, and Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Geographical Sciences. Iain has been admitted as a Fellow to numerous organisations including the Academy of Social Sciences, American Association of Geographers, Australian College of Educators, Australian Instiute of Company Directors, Institute of Australian Geographers, and the New Zealand Geographical Society. He is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • 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
Key responsibilities

See summary cv

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

Teaching interests

See summary cv.

Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

Fellow, Australian College of Educators.

Foundation Member, Flinders University College of Distinguished Educators.

Board Member, SACE Board of South Australia (South Australian Certificate of Education).

Governor, St Peter's Girls' School.

Member, Senior Common Room. St Mark's College

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 May 2022 (pdf)

Summary cv 28 Jan 22 (pdf)