Dr Tom Doig

Tom Doig




School of Communication and Arts

Areas of research & interest:

  • Behaviour change
  • Climate change
  • Communications
  • Communities & society
  • Education
  • Environment


  • Agriculture & environment
  • Communities in transition
  • Nature based solutions

Research Institution:


Dr Tom Doig is a creative nonfiction author, investigative journalist and scholar. Dr Doig teaches creative non-fiction and poetry. Tom was the recipient of the 2023 CLNZ-NZSA Writer's Award for his work on prepper subcultures in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has written two books about the unprecedented 2014 Hazelwood mine fire disaster: Hazelwood (Penguin Random House, 2020) and The Coal Face (Penguin Books Australia, 2015). He is the contributing editor of the interdisciplinary collection Living with the Climate Crisis: Voices from Aotearoa (Bridget Williams Books, 2020). As a scholar, Dr Doig is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the accelerating climate crisis, with a focus on the cultural, social and psychological aspects of climate breakdown. He is currently researching a new book: We Are All Preppers Now (forthcoming with Scribe Publications), documenting survivalists, doomsday preppers, climate activists and other subcultures of imminent collapse around the world.