My research experience is in both an academic environment, and community based organisations such as Enviroschools. I have written on a number of topics including the use of resilience as a form of activism, attachment to place following disruption and the role of politics in disaster recovery. More widely I’m interested in the social and political response and historical context of environmental and social justice issues.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Masters of Environmental Studies (Distinction).
I am currently working on my PhD project looking at the politics of disaster and community driven recovery actions in Christchurch City following the 2010/11 earthquakes.
See below for a brief resume. Please get in touch if you are interested in more detail:
RMIT University, Melbourne:
Doctoral Candidate in Global, Urban and Social Sciences at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
Victoria University of Wellington:
Graduated with Distinction (A grade) in Masters of Environmental Studies
Completed Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Studies
Graduated from Victoria University with Bachelor of Arts in Geography
Telford Rural Polytechnic:
Completed Telford Polytechnic Organic Horticulture Certificate at Level Three
Cretney, R. 2017. Towards a Critical Geography of Disaster Recovery Politics: Perspectives on crisis and hope. Geography Compass. 11 (1).
Cretney, R. and Bond, S. 2016. ‘Bouncing Back to Capitalism?’ IN The Routledge International Handbook of Resilience. Routledge, New York.
Cretney, R, Thomas, A & Bond, S. 2016. Maintaining Grassroots Activism: Transition Towns in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Geographer.72(2), pp. 81-91.
Cretney, R & Bond, S. 2016. Shifting Relationships to Place: A relational place based perspective on SES resilience. Urban Geography. 38 (2), pp. 8-24.
Cretney, R. 2016. Local Responses to Disaster: The value of community-led post-disaster response action in a resilience framework. Disaster Prevention and Management. 25(1), pp. 27-40
Hayward, B., and Cretney, R., 2015. Governing Through Disaster IN New Zealand Government and Politics 6th Edition. Oxford University Press.
Cretney, R. & Bond, S. 2014. Bouncing Back to Capitalism? Grassroots autonomous activism in shaping discourses of resilience and transformation following disaster. Resilience. 2:1
Cretney, R. 2014, Resilience for Whom? Emerging Critical Geographies of Socio-ecological Resilience. Geography Compass, 8: 627–640.
Cretney, R. M. 2013. Ongoing Community Resilience from the Ground Up: A Relational Place Based Approach to Grassroots Community Resilience. Masters Dissertation, Victoria University.
Cretney, R. 2016. Christchurch five years on: have politicians helped or hindered the earthquake recovery? The Conversation and SBS News, February 20th
Cretney, R. 2016 Christchurch Five Years On. Radio Interview. 2SER Sydney, February 23rd
Cretney, R. 2015. Mapping the Transition Movement in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Blog Post for the Transition Network.
Cretney, R. 2015. Crisis Politics and Neoliberal Disaster Recovery in Christchurch. Fightback Online Magazine.
–Recreating Resilience after Disaster. Presentation at The Resilience Machine Workshop, Virginia Tech, Washington, United States of America, September 2016.
–Disaster as a Time of Crisis and Hope: The emergence of community led post disaster recovery. Presentation at the Royal Geographical Society Conference. London, United Kingdom, August, 2016.
-Hope and Crisis in Everyday Disaster Recovery: Community led action following the Christchurch earthquake. Presentation at Institute of Australian Geographers Conference. Adelaide, Australia, June 2016.
The Post-Disaster City: Urban Crisis Politics and Social Change in Community Led Earthquake Recovery. Presentation at Australian Early Career Researchers Network Research Symposium. Melbourne University, Australia, February 2016.
Timbanking to Build Community Resilience in Wellington, New Zealand. Presentation at the Monash Disaster Resilience Initiative Forum. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, May 2014.
Community Preparedness and Resilience – Lessons from Lyttelton. Presentation at Grassroots activism and Preparedness seminar. Wellington, New Zealand, June, 2013.
Disruptions to Place Identity during Disasters. Presentation at Place and Displacement Conference in Melbourne, Australia, November, 2012.
Community Resilience and Place Identity in Lyttelton. Presentation at Victoria University of Wellington PGSA seminar. Wellington, New Zealand, February, 2013.
Research Assistant at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 2016. NVivo analysis
Research Assistant at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 2014. Working on literature review for Cyborg Urbanisation project
Research Assistant at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 2012/13. Working on Transition Towns in Aotearoa/New Zealand research project.
Head Tutor for Geography/Development Studies312 at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 2013.
Social Media Science Communications for Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, 2013
Tutor for Sociology, Geography, Development Studies and Environmental studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2017), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia (2014) and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, (2010-2013).
Enviroschools Researcher, 2009
Enviroschools Mentor and Facilitator, 2008-2009