About me

I’m a water geographer and political ecologist. Currently building a PhD at the University of Stirling, on more-than-human relations of wastewater.


I was raised on a small farm on the Awhitu peninsula, between the Tasman Sea (Te Tai-o-Rehua), and the Manukau harbour, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

My ancestors, two to four generations back, migrated to Aotearoa from various corners of England and Scotland (via Australia, India, China). My own wanderings have included living in Portugal, Brasil, Germany and now Scotland. I started higher education with a degree in Engineering, focused on hydrology and hydraulics, I then studied ecohydrology – connecting water to living beings. My current research uses concepts of hydrosocial and more-than-human to think about the social, political, material and ecological dimensions of water simultaneously 🌊

academic history + interests

PhD – Geography; University of Stirling, 2018 onwards

MSc – Ecohydrology; CAU Kiel/IHE Delft/Uni of the Algarve/UFES, 2013-2015

BE(Hons) – Civil and Environmental Engineering; University of Auckland, 2010-2012

I am fascinated by how water connects socioecological worlds 🏊 🐟 🌾πŸͺ£ πŸ‹ πŸŒ±β›΅ πŸ’§

I aim to draw together all the strands of my academic background to research how waterscapes are understood and shaped through ecology, computer models, social power relations and imaginaries, and situated and indigenous knowledges.

My research intersects with my commitments to climate justice, decolonisation, degrowth and related political movements oriented towards human and non-human flourishing.


I hope to share some forthcoming PhD publications soon. In the meantime, you can see how it is coming together in the Blog.

Together with my partner Iryna Zamuruieva, I have developed several art-research projects. Our main focus currently is the πŸ–Pig Response Project πŸ–. I designed the maps for the Walking- one sense at a time


I’m always interested in discussing topics related to my research interests, and possible collaborations. Send me a direct message on twitter, or email e.j.hurst [at] stirling.ac.uk