Dr Maria Borovnik PhD, MSc

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Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

Contact details
Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 83643
Email: 
Room SST 3.22, Social Science Tower, 3rd Floor, Turitea

Professional

Professional Biography

Having been trained in geography my key research is within mobilities, migration and development. I am interested in the social strategies that people use to live mobile livelihoods, how families stay connected and how people are affected. My research engages within the complexities of shipping as a main driver of globalisation, and how it affects small Pacific island nations and communities, such as Kiribati and Tuvalu. I have held conversations with seafaring men and women and their families in their home environments and spent time travelling with seafarers on board a containership to understand these complexities.

Qualifications

  • PhD - University of Canterbury (2003)
  • MSc - University of Cologne, Germany (1996)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Pacific communities, mobilities and mobile livelihoods, migration and refugees, shipping and marine training, youth and employment, community development, participatory research methods

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Human Geography (160400): Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Social and Cultural Geography (160403): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies (169905)

Keywords

Mobilities and mobile livelihoods, migration,Pacific community development, seafarers, Marine training and employment, participatory methods

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

PositionCurrentCompleted
Project Leader04

Research Outputs

Journal

Borovnik, M. (2013). Mobilities: New perspectives on transport and society. NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHER. 69(2), 172-173
[Book Review]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2012). The mobilities, immobilities and moorings of work-life on cargo ships.. SITES: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies. 9(1), 59-82
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2011). Occupational health and safety of merchant seafarers from Kiribati and Tuvalu. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 52(3), 333-346
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2010). Journeys Towards Progress. Essays of a Geographer on Development and Change in Oceania. NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHER. 66(2), 173-174
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2009). Bookreview: Migration als raeumliche Ddefinitonsmacht? Beitrage zu einer neuen Geographie der Migration in Europa [Migration as defining power of space. Contributions to a new geography of migration in Europe] (Felicitas Hillmann). Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. 100(3), 365-373
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2009). Book review: Tahuhu korero: The sayings of Taitokerau (Merata Kawharu with Krzysztof Pfeiffer). Takahe 67. 67, 40-41
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2008). Book review: The future of Tokelau. Decolonising agendas 1975-2006 (Judith Huntsman with Kelihiano Kalolo). Takahe. 63, 47-48
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2007). Book review: Approaches to Human Geography. New Zealand Geographer. 63(3), 233-234
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2007). Labor circulation and changes among seafarers' families and communities in Kiribati. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. 16(2), 225-249
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006). Working overseas: Seafarers' remittances and their distribution in Kiribati. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 47(1), 151-161
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Wang, L., Holgate, J., Clark, A., & Borovnik, M. (2005). Recently completed doctorates in social and cultural geography. Social and Cultural Geography. 6(1), 158-159
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2005). Seafarers' "maritime culture" and the "I-Kiribati way of life": The formation of flexible identities?. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 26(2), 132-150
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2004). Are seafarers migrants? - Situating seafarers in the framework of mobility and transnationalism. New Zealand Geographer. 60(1), 36-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Borovnik, M.

Book

Borovnik, M. (2015). New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS). In The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology.
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M., Leslie, H., & Storey, D. (2014). Practical Issues. In Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide. (pp. 81 - 100). : Sage
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M., Leslie, H.
Borovnik, M. (2010). 'Tuvalu, Daily Life'. In World and its Peoples. (pp. 1206 - 1207). New York: Marshall Cavendish
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2010). 'Tuvalu, Modern History'. In World and its Peoples. (pp. 1203 - 1204). New York: Marshall Cavendish
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2010). 'Kiribati, Daily Life'. In World and its People. (pp. 1282 - 1283). New York: Marshall Cavendish
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2010). 'Kiribati, Modern History'. In World and its Peoples.. (pp. 1279 - 1280). New York: Marhall Cavendish
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2010). Transnationalism of merchant seafarers and their communities in Kiribati and Tuvalu. In H. Lee, & ST. Francis (Eds.) Migration and Transnationalism. (pp. 143 - 157). Online: ANU E Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2008). Tuvalu. In SG. Philander (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. (pp. 645 - 1552). London/USA: Sage Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2008). Kiribati. In SG. Philander (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. (pp. 367 - 1552). London/USA: Sage Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Borovnik, M.

Thesis

Borovnik, M. (2003). Seafarers in Kiribati - consequences of international labour circulation. (Doctoral Thesis, University of Canterbury)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Borovnik, M.

Report

Nunns, H., Borovnik, M., & Bedford, R. (2015). Evaluation of New Zealand support to the Marine Training Centre, Kiribati.. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Chamberlin, C., Krech, R., Gennicott, K., Beaver, C., Ohno, N., Borovnik, M., . . . Graham, B. (2006). Opportunities to improve social services in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Knowles, J., Chamberlin, C., Borovnik, M., Suliman, E., & Harris, B. (2006). Oportunities to improve social services in Kiribati.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Lima, I., & Borovnik, M. (2004). Canterbury Pacific youth & alcohol awareness fono. Fono Organising Committee.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M.Promoting Development through the enhancement of the current seafarers scheme in Kiribati and Tuvalu.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Borovnik, M.

Conference

Borovnik, M. (2015). Monotonous Landscapes: Boredom and Fatigue at Work. , Institute of Australian Geographers Conference "Exploring Geographic Connections"
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2015). Night-time Navigating. , 6th Aotearoa/New Zealand Mobilities Symposium "Mobilities in a Dangerous World"
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2014). "Women's" Issues and Shipping. , Institute of Australian Geographers/New Zealand Geographical Society Joint Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Davidson, J., & Borovnik, M. (2014). Young Pacific people creating a purposeful future. , DevNet Conference Available online
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2013, November). I-Kiribati Women Seafarers. Presented at PASIFIKA Research Conference 'Communities of Learning. Riding with the Changing Tides'. Palmerston North, Massey University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2013). Conversations on the High Seas. , 4th New Zealand Mobilities Symposium – Researching Mobilities: Exploring Flows and Fixity
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2012, August). The mobilities, immobilities and moorings of seafarers on cargo ships. Presented at International Geographical Union Congress, titled “Down to Earth”. Cologne, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2012, December). Mooring strategies on ships. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes. Napier, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2012). Mooring strategies on ships. In New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes: Book of Abstracts(pp. 28 - 28). , New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2010, July). Occupational health and safety of Pacific Island seafarers wroking on international merchant ships.. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society / Institute of Australian Geographers combined conference. Christchurch.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2010, December). Dangerous waters, dangerous jobs: Merchant seafarers and piracy.. Presented at Development Network (Dev Net) Conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M.(2010, December 1). Dangerous waters, dangerous jobs: merchant seafarers and piracy. , Development Network (DevNet) Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2008, July). Tuvalu thirty years on from independence - Perspectives from seafarers' life stories. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M.(2008, July 2). Tuvalu thirty years on from independence - Perspectives from seafarers' life-stories. , New Zealand Geographical Society Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2008, July). Tuvalu, thirty years from independence: Perspectives from seafarers' life stories. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M.(2007). Geography of the circus. Discussant for session II. . San Francisco, CA
[Conference Other]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2007, April). The shipping industry, a global force: global pressure to local seafarer unions. Presented at Association of American Geographers Conference. San Francisco, CA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006). Transnational livelihood of I-Kiribati seafarers. In Proceedings of Pacific Transnationalism Tracing Ties to the Homelands(pp. 9 - 9). : La Trobe University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006, November). Transnationality of I-Kiribati and Tuvaluan seafarers. Presented at Pacific Transnationalism tracing Ties to the Homelands. La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006). Emporion space and the transnationality of merchant seafarers. In Proceedings of the International Geographical Union Regional Conference(pp. 27 - 27). : Queensland University of Technology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006, July). Emporion space and the transnationality of merchant seafarers. Presented at International Geographical Union Conference. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006). HIV and AIDs in the Pacific - Kiribati. In Dev.Net Conference(pp. 34 - 34). : DEV NET Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006, November). HIV/AIDs in the Pacific. Presented at DEV.NET Conference. Dunedin, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2004, February). 'Seafarers' remittances to Kiribati: who benefits?. Presented at Beyond MIRAB: The Political Economy of Small Islands in the 21st Century. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2004, June). Remittances, an informal but indispensable form of income for seafarer families in Kiribati. Presented at Remittances, Microfinance Technology. University of Queensland, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2003, July). Impact on the 'I-Kiribati way of life' resulting from the circulatory nature of seafarer employment. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society 22nd Conference. University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2003). Impact on the 'I-Kiribati way of life' resulting from the circulatory nature of seafarer employment. (pp. 4 - 5). , New Zealand Geographical Society 22nd Conference University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ: New Zealand Geographical Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2001). The HIV/AIDS epidemic and Pacific seafarer migrants. (pp. 1 - 1). , Oceania and Asia: The South Pacific looks North Colloquium Christchurch, NZ: University of Canterbury
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2001, February). The HIV/AIDS epidemic and Pacific seafarer migrants. Presented at Oceania and Asia: The South Pacific looks North Colloquium. Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2000). Folgen internationaler Arbeitsmigration fur Kiribati: Erste Ergebnisse einer empirischen Untersuchung. Lokal Verankert - Weltweit Vernetzt: Deutscher Geographentag Hamburg. (pp. 314 - 318). Berlin, Germany
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Borovnik, M.

Other

Borovnik, M. (2014, May). Following the Participant: Mobile Methods in Development Fieldwork. Presented at Palmerston North, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2013, October). Women Seafarers. Presented at Palmerston North. : Queen Elizabeth Collage 'Best Years' Seminar.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2011, September). Candy Floss, Ferris Wheels and Roller Coasters: Who's having a good time at the Fun Fairs?. Presented at Palmerston North. : Queen Elizabeth College 'Best Year' Seminar.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2011, September). Candy Floss, Ferris Wheels and Roller Coaster. Who's having a good time at the Fun Fairs?'.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2010, June). Living a merchant seafarer's life. In Public Library, Palmerston North City Council.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2009, August). Pirates and other occupational safety issues for Pacific seafarers. In Centre for Development Studies Seminar Series, Auckland University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2008, July). The shipping industry and labour unions: global presssure on local institutions. In Geography Programme, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2008). The shipping industry and labour unions: global pressure on local institutions. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006, November). Promoting development through the enhancement of the current seafarers scheme in Kiribati and Tuvalu. In Pacific ACP Trade Ministers Meeting of Pacific Island Forum Secretariat. Presented at Port Vila, Vanuatu.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006, November). Promoting development through the enhancement of the current seafarers scheme in Kiribati and Tuvalu. In Pacific ACP Trade Officials Meeting of Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Presented at Port Vila, Vanuatu.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006, November). Promoting development in Kiribati and Tuvalu through the enhancement of the current Seafarers scheme. In Pacific Island Forum Secretariat. Presented at Port Vila, Vanuatu.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2006, November). Promoting development in Kiribati and Tuvalu through the enhancement of the current Seafarers scheme. In Pacific Island Forum Secretariat: Pacific ACP Trade Minister Meeting. Presented at Port Vila, Vanuatu.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2005). Remittances: An informal but indispensible form of income for seafarer families in Kiribati. In CIGAD working paper(pp. ii - 13). : Massey University, Centre for Indigenous Governance and Development
[Working Paper]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2005, September). Seafarers from Kiribati: life 'in between' transitional spaces. : Institute of Development Studies, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2004, March). A qualitative or quantitative research approach to MIRAB? No need for conflict. : University of Canterbury.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2002, June). Kiribati: a seafarer's life; and his wife's life. : University of Canterbury.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.
Borovnik, M. (2002, September). Who benefits from remittances in Kiribati?. : University of Canterbury.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Borovnik, M.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2004 - East Asia Human Development Sector Unit, The World Bank
    Social Protection Specialist on missions to Kiribati and the Marshall Islands
  • 2006 - Pacific Island Forum Secretariat
    Contracted to assess employment opportunities for Kiribati and Tuvalu
  • April 2014 - August 2014 - Analytic Matters Ltd
    Subcontracted to complete an evaluation on the Marine Training Centre in Kiribati for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Languages

  • English
    Last used: Today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • German
    Last used: Last week
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

PositionCurrentCompleted
Supervisor21
CoSupervisor12

Teaching

131.121 Rich World, Poor World: The Making of the Third World

131.221 Contemporary Development Issues

121.311 Global Environmental Issues

131.701 Development and Underdevelopment

131.706 Development and Globalisation

Courses Coordinated

  • 131.221 Contemporary Development Issues
  • 131.701 Development and Underdevelopment

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Axel Malecki- PhD
    Diaspora knowledge networks and their contribution to economic development in Chile

CoSupervisor of:

  • Amie Townsend- PhD
    Human trafficking in Mindanao: personal accounts and local perspectives

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Dennis Rockell- PhD
    Pacific Island Labour Programmes in New Zealand: an aid to Pacific Island Development ? A critical Lens on the Recognised Seasonal Employer-Policy

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Peter Cole- PhD
    The role of energy supply in the shaping of development prospects in small & isolated Pacific Island communities-past,present & future
  • 2007 - Nawal El-Gack- PhD
    Participatory Approaches to Development: An Analysis of the Experiences of Development Projects in Sudan

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