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Dr Cadey Korson PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of People, Environment and Planning

Dr. Cadey Korson is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, New Zealand. She holds a Ph.D. in geography from Kent State University, USA. Her research interests include critical and popular geopolitics, Indigenous rights and island studies, visual methods and geography education. 


Contact details

  • Location: AT2.29, Atrium Building
    Campus: Auckland


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Kent State University (2015)

Fellowships and Memberships

  • Member, Higher Education Academy (Fellow) (2019)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests


Indigenous Rights

Custmary Governance

Island Studies


Geography Education, critical pedagogy, experiential and blended learning

Visual methods, filmmaking and videography

National Identity 


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000):
Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific (160606): Human Geography (160400): Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499):
Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management) (130205):
International Relations (160607): Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Political Science (160600): Social and Cultural Geography (160403): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies (169905)



Indigenous Rights

Island Studies


Francophone Pacific


National Identity

Geography Education

Citizen Journalism 

Visual Methods


Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 3

Current Projects

Project Title: Rights-based Geographic Information Systems and Digital Stories: Maori Heritage and Environmental Protection in Aotearoa New Zealand (Catalyst Seeding)

Date Range: 2021 - 2023

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Completed Projects

Project Title: Exploring careers in Geographic Information Systems and Unpersoned Aerial Vehicles

Date Range: 2019 - 2019

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Korson, C., & Palmer, M. (2020). Decolonizing World Heritage Maps using Indigenous Toponyms, Stories, and Interpretive Attributes. Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization. 55(3), 183-192
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C., Poaouteta, S., & Prinsen, G. (2020). Triangular negotiations of island sovereignty: Indigenous and customary authorities - metropolitan states - local metropolitan authorities. Island Studies Journal. 15(1), 67-88 Retrieved from https://www.islandstudies.ca/node/537
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C. (2018). Global disorder in the undead world: Teaching geopolitics with zombies. Journal of Geography. 118(1), 35-48 Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00221341.2018.1518991
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C. (2018). (Re)balancing inequality through citizenship, voter eligibility and islandian sovereignty in Kanaky/New Caledonia. Geopolitics. 26(1), 283-313 Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14650045.2018.1543270
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C. (2018). The common destiny framework, citizenship and customary governance in Kanaky/New Caledonia. Forum for Development Studies. 45(3), 437-460 Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08039410.2018.1464058
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, CAK. (2017). Framing social rebalancing, national identity, and victimhood in Kanaky/New Caledonia. Social and Cultural Geography. , 1-27
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, CAK. (2016). Nationalism and reconciliation in memorial landscapes: The commemoration of Jean-Marie Tjibaou in Kanaky/New Caledonia. Journal of Historical Geography. 52, 84-99
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, CAK., & Kusek, WK. (2015). The comparison of a thematic vs. regional approach to teaching a world geography course. Journal of Geography. 115(4), 159-168
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, CAK. (2015). Framing peace: The role of media, perceptions, and United Nations peacekeeping operations in Haiti and Côte d’Ivoire. Geopolitics. 20(2), 354-380
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, CAK. (2015). Political agency and citizen journalism: Twitter as a tool of evaluation. The Professional Geographer. 67(3), 364-373
[Journal article]Authored by: Korson, C.


Korson, C. (2019). Political Geography: Sovereignty, Indigenous Rights, and Governance in an Island Context. In W. Kusek, & N. Wise (Eds.) Human Geography and Professional Mobility: International Experiences, Critical Reflections, Practical Insights, Routledge.
[Chapter]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, CAK., & Kusek, WK. (2017). Exploring migration through popular media and fieldwork. In LS. Sourdot, & EJ. Janek (Eds.) Educating through popular culture: You’re not cool just because you teach with comics, studies in the integration of popular culture in teaching and learning. (pp. 105 - 124). : Lexington Book'
[Chapter]Authored by: Korson, C.

Creative Work

Korson, C.(2021). The Spatial Awareness Project. [Film].
[Film or Video]Authored by: Korson, C.


Korson, CAK. (2015). Mapping Narratives of Self-determination, National Identity and (Re)balancing in New Caledonia. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, CAK. (2012). The Voice behind the Microphone: Media Systems and United Nations Peacekeeping in Haiti and Côte d'Ivoire. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Korson, C.


Korson, C.“Practicing Indigenous or customary islandian sovereignty? Negotiating authority in sub-national island jurisdictions”. . Virtual
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C.“Learning at New Heights: A Crash Course from a Drone Operator”. . Auckland, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C.'Where to from here? Moving forward in the face of uncertainty'. . Wellington, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C.“The Spatial Awareness Project: Film Screening and Reflection”. . Wellington, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C., & Palmer, M.Digital Storytelling with Maps.
[Conference Other]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C. (2019, April). From Graffiti to Gardens: Co-creating Urban Cultural Landscapes in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Presented at Culture in Urban Space: Urban Form, Cultural Landscapes, Life in the City
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C. (2018, July). Transforming urban landscapes through co-creation and participation among Māori and Native Hawaiian communities. Presented at NZGS-IAG
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Korson, C.


Korson, C. (2019, October). Reflecting on the Spatial Awareness Project: A FLIF funded collaborative project on land use and environmental issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Korson, C.
Andersen, B., & Korson, C. (2019, March). Developing a Community of Practice: Taking Stock of Teaching Strategies.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Andersen, B., Korson, C.Contributed to by: Korson, C.
Korson, C. (2019, March). Rebalancing power dynamics in sub-national island jurisdictions: Defining sovereignty in Kanaky/Nouvelle Calédonie.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Korson, C.
Korson, C. (2018, May). Zombies and the New World Disorder: Teaching Geopolitics with Pop Culture.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Korson, C.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Media and Links


  • 07 Dec 2018 - Online
    Conversation with a Geographer - Cadey Korson
    Conversation with a geographer, Interview by Prof. Mike DeVivo at Grand Rapids Community College, USA