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 is inaugural Director of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (RGSSA) and Chair of the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Geographical Sciences. He is also member-elected Director of HCi (Health Care Insurance).

Earlier roles include: Academic Dean at Australian Institute of Business (AIB); foundation Dean (Education) of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University; and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Discipline Scholar for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He served earlier as Head of the School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management at Flinders University.

Iain completed a PhD at the University of Washington as a Fulbright Scholar and a higher doctorate (LittD) with the University of Canterbury, NZ. His books have sold in excess of 100,000 copies. He maintains numerous journal and book series editorial roles and is former Editor-in-Chief of Geographical Research, foundation Australasian Commissioning Editor for Journal of Geography in Higher Education, and he co-founded the journal Ethics, Place and Environment.

Iain received the 2006 Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and he has been honoured with Australian and international awards and fellowships for contributions to geography, professional service, and higher education.

Over his career Iain has held visiting appointments such as the University of Bristol's Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship; a British Academy Visiting Fellowship; and a Fellowship of the University of Edinburgh's International Social Sciences Institute. He served too as the National University of Singapore's Educator-in-Residence.

Iain's experience leading organisations includes as First Vice-President of the International Geographical Union, President of the Institute of Australian Geographers, and cofounder of the International Network of Learning and Teaching geography in higher education.

  • 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

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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).

Member, Accreditation, Recognition and Certification Committee, SACE Board of South Australia.

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 (pdf document).

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6305-061X

Scopus Author ID: 34770775800

Summary cv 21 Feb 2024 (pdf)