Dr Ann Elizabeth Bartos

PhD, University of Washington; MA, University of Washington; BA University of Colorado


I am a feminist political and cultural geographer with a strong interest around questions of political agency.  My research approaches this through the lens of both youth geographies and food geographies.

My work with children involves a longitudinal ethnographic project that I began in 2008 with a group of 9-11 year old children living in the South Island of New Zealand.  This research aims to explore how young people understand and develop environmental politics over time and in relation to place, while also engaging with theories of participation, wellbeing, care, friendship, emotions, memory, and transitions.

I also teach and conduct research on food geography.  In the classroom I engage students around topics of political ecology, global hunger and proposed solutions to the neoliberal food system.  In my research, I seek to understand the particular political economic conditions which enable/prevent Auckland, and New Zealand more broadly, to practice alternative engagements with(in) the food system.  This research engages with theories of food sovereignty, scale, political economy, inequality, difference, and embodiment.

Both of these strands of research are largely influenced by and inspired by feminist geography, politics, methodology and praxis.  I am currently developing a third research project that incorporates theories of social reproduction, gender, embodiment, materiality, and political ecology.  I would be interested in supervising post-graduate students who share the desire to incorporate feminist theory and practice into their research projects.     

Teaching | Current

I teach around issues of sustainability, food politics and social movements.

Geog 104: Cities and Urbanism: ‘Urban Environmental Sustainability’

Geog 324: Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development: 'Food Politics'

ENVMGT 741: Social Change for Sustainability

Postgraduate supervision

Andrea Edwards (current PhD Candidate): ‘Diversifying environmental justice: indigenous relations with energy companies.’ [main supervisor Brad Coombs]

Shari Cave (MA, 2015): ‘Food Stories: Tracing the commodity chain of Fonterra dairy products to examine the New Zealand food sector.’  [with Nick Lewis]

Isabel Lam (MA, 2015): ‘Children’s geographies and wellbeing.’ [with Robin Kearns]

I have supervised Honours Students with the following topics:
Embodiment, women refugees, social enterprise, food, feminist methodologies
Food, gender, embodiment, reality television
Feminism, embodiment, clothing, youth, online communities
Youth, participation, formal/informal politics, planning


Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship, National University of Singapore (2015)

Women in Leadership, University of Auckland (2016)

Phi Beta Kappa

Areas of expertise

Food geographies, youth geographies, political ecology, feminist geography, environmental sustainability

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Association of American Geographers (AAG)
New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS)
Australasian Agri-Food Research Network (AFRN)
Women and Gender Geographies Research Network (WGGRN)

Service Roles:

Ethics Advisor (2015- )
Research Seminar Coordinator (2013-2015)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bartos, A. E. (2018). Relational spaces and relational care: Campus sexual violence, intimate geopolitics and topological polis. Area10.1111/area.12449
  • Bartos, A. E. (2018). The uncomfortable politics of care and conflict: Exploring nontraditional caring agencies. Geoforum, 88, 66-73. 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.11.010
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40658
  • Kallio, K. P., & Bartos, A. E. (2017). Children's caring agencies. Political Geography, 58, 148-150. 10.1016/j.polgeo.2016.09.009
  • Bartos, A. E. (2017). The body eating its food politics: reflections on relationalities and embodied ways of knowing. Gender, Place and Culture, 24 (2), 153-159. 10.1080/0966369X.2017.1281234
  • Bartos, A. E., & Wood, B. E. (2017). Ecological wellbeing, childhood and environmental change. In C. Ergler, R. Kearns, K. Witten (Eds.) Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments (pp. 234-246). London and New York: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315571560
  • Bartos, A. E. (2016). Childhoods: growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. Children's Geographies, 14 (2), 243-245. 10.1080/14733285.2015.1119528
  • Bartos, A. E. (2016). Food sovereignty and the possibilities for an equitable, just and sustainable food system. In P. Jackson, W. Speiss, F. Sultana (Eds.) Eating, drinking, surviving: The international year of global understanding - IYGU (pp. 91-98). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-42468-2_10
  • Bartos, A. E. (2015). Friendship and environmental politics in childhood. In K. P. Kallio, J. Hakli (Eds.) The Beginning of Politics: Youthful Political Agency in Everyday Life (pp. 17-32). Routledge.


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 4, Room 413
New Zealand

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