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Better understanding of sea level rise in South Dunedin

Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:56am

Our response to sea-level rise affecting South Dunedin should not wait until the science is settled, the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability says.

To help with that response, the Centre’s researchers have compiled a multi-layered database with superimposed maps.
ut together by summer scholarship student Leigh McKenzie, the database features more than 140 digital layers of information about the at-risk part of greater South Dunedin, including flood hazards, modelled water ponding under different scenarios, house ages and demographic details from the New Zealand Census.

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PhD Scholarship available -Demand Response in the Agricultural Sector – a Socio-Technical Study.

Thursday, 2 February 2017 10:36am

The Centre for Sustainability calls for expressions of interest in a PhD scholarship focusing on "Demand response in the agricultural sector – a socio-technical study"  
We are seeking a PhD student (NZ or international) to undertake this research  based at the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

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Centre wins Postgraduate research Culture Award

Friday, 20 January 2017 12:22pm

The Centre is thrilled to announce it will receive the University of Otago's inaugural prize for small departments/centres for developing a Postgraduate Research Culture. The award will be presented next month at Abbey College. The University Committee was impressed with the strong research culture at the Centre with some great initiatives with evidence of strong student involvement in research outputs.

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Gold status for Energy Cultures

Friday, 20 January 2017 12:25pm

The Energy Cultures research programme has been awarded ‘gold status’ by its funder, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This status means ‘performing above expectations’ based on MBIE’s evaluation of the team’s annual report [link to annual report – see attached]. Highlights included (a) the widespread adoption, in New Zealand and internationally, of the Energy Cultures framework as a way of understanding behavior, (b) the development of an empirical measure of the dimensions of energy culture, (c) new insights into efficient driving, (d) contributions to electric vehicle policy, and (e) a system dynamics model of electric vehicle uptake.
Congratulations to the Energy Cultures team for this stellar result.

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Masters scholarship - call for applications

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 9:25am

Masters scholarship - call for applications

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Rural resilience PhD Scholarship available 

Friday, 21 October 2016 1:48pm

A PhD scholarship opportunity is currently available through the Centre for Sustainability focusing on Resilience to Nature’s Challenges - investigating social norms of resilience in rural NZ.

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A shift towards more local and community-based marine resource management.

Monday, 17 October 2016 10:37am

Janet Stephenson, Director of the Centre, recently presented at Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway on locally governed and community-based fisheries and marine management systems.

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Summer Scholarships available

Thursday, 8 September 2016 12:06pm

Summer scholarships available at the Centre for Sustainability.

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Dr Ben Anderson to visit the Centre in July

Friday, 17 June 2016 8:59am

Dr Ben Anderson of the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) at the University of Southampton was recently awarded a prestigious three year EU Global Fellowship under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme.
The two year outgoing phase of the fellowship will be hosted by the Centre for Sustainability where Dr Anderson will be embedded in the ongoing New Zealand GREEN Grid project. Dr Anderson will visit the Centre in July and present a seminar on July 21.

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Upfront price of EVs still hurdle for Kiwi drivers, says Dr Janet Stephenson

Friday, 17 June 2016 9:20am

The government’s package of benefits for electric vehicles has been welcomed by Dr Janet Stephenson but she warns the upfront price is still a large hurdle for Kiwi drivers

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Latest newsletter from NZ Sustainability Dashboard

Friday, 6 May 2016 12:38pm

The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard (NZSD) project’s main aim is to build practical tools for sustainability assessment, auditing, reporting and learning. 

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New report details how NZ can tackle climate change threat

Friday, 6 May 2016 12:04pm

Centre Director, Dr Janet Stephenson, is the co-author of a major new report on the many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy.
The report, Transition to a low-carbon economy for New Zealand, was launched in Wellington and Auckland last week. It takes an in-depth look into climate change mitigation options for New Zealand and finds that many such options are already well-understood and achievable.

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Masters scholarship available "Variability in PV uptake in New Zealand"

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 1:30pm

The Centre calls for applications for a Masters scholarship as part of the GREEN Grid Research Programme. 

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Energy Cultures International conference 2016

Friday, 11 December 2015 1:59pm

The Energy Cultures International Conference will be held 6th and 7th July 2016 at the Mac’s Function Centre, Wellington, New Zealand and is hosted by the Energy Cultures Research Group from the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago.

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I've got the Power! -  latest  blog by Rebecca Ford

Friday, 11 December 2015 2:46pm

I've got the Power! - the latest blog from Centre for Sustainability researcher Rebecca Ford

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New study quantifies Dunedin's energy use

Thursday, 8 October 2015 9:04am

A new study commissioned by the Otago Chamber of Commerce has assessed how much energy Dunedin uses as a city, and from which energy sources it is most reliant.

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Outlook positive for electric vehicle uptake in New Zealand – Otago research

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 11:16am

New research out of the University of Otago indicates Kiwis are keen to make the shift to energy efficient electric vehicles (EVs) but some key barriers are holding them back.

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David McKay PhD success

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 1:24pm

Congratulations to David McKay who recently published his PhD “Learning for Survival, Resilience, Well-being and Continuance: An Epistemology and Pedagogy for Environmental Education/Education for Sustainability informed by Māori Culture”. 

Please see the University of Otago's OURArchive to access a copy of his thesis.

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Rosin part of Panel discussion

Friday, 16 May 2014 2:04pm

‪The Centre's Chris Rosin recently took part in a discussion for Radio NZ show The Panel, responding to a report on research comparing the social character of rice farmers and wheat farmers in China.

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China fieldwork yields local knowledge

Thursday, 24 April 2014 3:59pm

PhD student Yuan Lu has recently returned from a trip to China where she conducted field research for her thesis on the role of local knowledge in nature reserve management.

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HEMS report sheds light on future of household energy

Thursday, 24 April 2014 9:48am

A Smart Grid research project report launched at The Energy Conference in Wellington last month has been well received.

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Cars to face bumpy road?

Thursday, 17 April 2014 4:38pm

Centre Director Janet Stephenson and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Debbie Hopkins were recently interviewed by Rebecca Priestley for a Listener article looking at the future of the car and the potential for alternative forms of transport.

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Centre well represented at Energy Conference 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014 11:21am

The Centre was well represented and well received at the Energy Conference 2014 in Wellington this month.

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Centre welcomes international researchers

Thursday, 27 March 2014 2:58pm

The Centre has recently welcomed three international visitors - US resource economist John A. “Skip” Laitner, Research Associate in Energy and Behavioural Psychology Gesche Huebner and Fulbright Fellow Laura Ginsburg.

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Director interviewed for "powering the future" feature

Thursday, 20 February 2014 9:24am

The Otago Daily Times recently interviewed CSAFE director Janet Stephenson for a feature on what a low-carbon future might look like.

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Indigenous Ecology Symposium blends local and scientific knowledge

Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:37am

The Centre’s Marion Johnson recently attended ECOTAS 13, which is the joint conference of the NZ Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Marion had a paper in the Indigenous Ecology Symposium entitled “Transforming Agriculture with Native Plants and Indigenous Knowledge”.

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Recent papers from the Centre

Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:08am

Centre Director Janet Stephenson and Centre advisor, corporate policy, Maria Ioannou have co-authored a paper “7 assumptions about public reaction to renewable energies”, which has recently been published in Planning Quarterly.

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“Food Systems Failure” now in paperback

Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:47am

"Food Systems Failure: the Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture", edited by Deputy Director Chris Rosin, former Director Hugh Campbell and Assistant Professor Paul Stock (University of Kansas), is now available in paperback.

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CSAFE on menu at AgriFood Conference

Thursday, 16 January 2014 2:46pm

Centre staff and students spoke at the Australasian AgriFood Research Network XX 2013 Conference in Melbourne recently.

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ARGOS prototypes on the way

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 1:07pm

ARGOS Dashboard researchers are working hard to have their first prototype for kiwifruit growers ready by the end of January and tested by March 2014.

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Māori and Mining book launch

Friday, 25 October 2013 3:33pm

Centre Director Janet Stephenson and Centre Kaiārahi Lyn Carter are two of the authors behind Māori and Mining, a publication aiming to highlight the issues and challenges of mining and its impact on Māori communities.

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Tahi Group seeking paradigm change

Thursday, 26 September 2013 4:44pm

It’s time to change the way New Zealanders do conservation says the ‘Tahi Group of Concerned Scientists’.

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New book focused on issues of food waste

Thursday, 26 September 2013 3:58pm

Former Centre Director Professor Hugh Campbell has co-edited a book looking at the issues surrounding food waste.

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Deputy Director wins supervisor award

Thursday, 12 September 2013 9:35am

Deputy Director Chris Rosin has been presented with the OUSA Supervisor of the Year 2013 award for Humanities.

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The Energy Cultures team present at the Climate, Mind and Behavior Conference

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 4:32pm

The Energy Cultures team recently presented at the Climate, Mind and Behavior Conference held at the Garrison Institute.

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Henrik Moller talks about reframing NZ’s conservation paradigm

Monday, 12 August 2013 4:43pm

Henrik Moller talks about reframing NZ’s conservation paradigm.

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Janet Stephenson talks about the Blueskin Resilient Community

Monday, 5 August 2013 4:38pm

Janet Stephenson talks about the Blueskin Resilient Community .

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For Farmers by Farmers information day

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 4:49pm

Farmers will have the chance to learn about different approaches and methods next month at the For Farmers by Farmers information day.

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Centre staff to deliver keynote talk at US symposium

Thursday, 6 June 2013 4:51pm

The Centre for Sustainability's Janet Stephenson, Rebecca Ford and Sara Walton will deliver a keynote talk at the Garrison Institute's Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) Symposium in New York this month.

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Research aims to improve farming through traditional Maori knowledge

Monday, 18 June 2012 11:15am

A University of Otago researcher has been granted $600,000 over two years to create a low-input farming model combining Maori knowledge and science.