Ms Roseanna Maud Spiers

Master of Arts with First Class Honours

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


In 2015 Roseanna graduated with a Master of Arts with First Class Honours (Geography) from the University of Auckland. She has worked as a Research Assistant with the Economic & Social, Research & Evaluation (RIMU) at Auckland Council. Prior to this she completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) with First Class Honours in 2013 at the same university.

Research | Current

Roseanna is a PhD student in the School of Environment at The University of Auckland. Her PhD focuses on how bees (Apis mellifera) travel. Specifically, the research involves following (both in the archives and in practice) two moments of bee mobilities: the introduction of bees to New Zealand in 1842, and the contemporary export of live bees from New Zealand. The main aim of her project is exploring the knowledge and practices involved in historical and contemporary bee mobilities and the political economies of apiculture. Roseanna’s main interests are the ethnographic study of practices, grappling with ‘contact zones’, political economies and ecologies including nonhuman empires, mobilities, science and technology studies, and feminist geographies.


University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

Highly Commended (top 10 applicants) in the 2015 ATLAS.ti IIQM (International Institute for Qualitative Methodology) Masters level Dissertation Award competition

University of Auckland School of Environment Masters thesis Award, 2015

Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust Masters Degree Award, 2013

University of Auckland Faculty of Science Masters Award, 2013


NZGS Early Career Research Network 2017 National Co-Representative

UoA, School of Environment PhD Student Committee representative

Committees/Professional groups/Services

New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS)

NZGS Early Career Researcher Network 2017 National co-representative

NZGS Women and Gender Geographies Study Group (since 2016)

Women and Gender Geographies Research Network  (since 2015)

UoA, School of Environment PhD Student Committee representative

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Spiers, R. M. (2014). ‘a good hive’: Diffractive Cosmopolitical Exploding of Worldly Apicultural Relations in New Zealand The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 4, Room 451
New Zealand

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