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Frequently asked questions: Research

What are the Centre’s key areas of interest?

We have 4 key areas of research interest:

Agriculture
Key topics include: social dynamics of sustainable agriculture, audit, farmer identities, climate change, biological farming.

Food
Key topics include: local food systems, food utopias, provenance, food sovereignty, food audit systems, eco-labelling, governance, rural development, food waste.

Energy
Key topics include: energy cultures, energy behaviour (household and business), future transport, social acceptance of renewable energy, Smart Grid.

Environment
Key topics include: coastal resource governance, local and indigenous knowledge, community resilience, people-place relationships.

What is the Research culture at the Centre?

The Centre works collaboratively with a variety of academics from within New Zealand and around the world. We have a strong focus on interdisciplinarity in our research.  Many of our projects span the social science, science & business disciplines. 

What are the Centre’s current projects?

The main projects that are currently underway are:

I am looking for collaborators in the area of sustainability. Who should I talk to?

Please refer to our Research pages to see who is currently working in your field. If you are not sure, please contact our Administrative team who will refer you to the most appropriate person.

Who are the Centres key contacts for research queries?

Please refer to the Staff pages to see each researcher’s specific areas of interest. Generally: 
• For Agriculture, please contact Katharine Legun
• For Food, please contact Katharine Legun
• For Energy, please contact Janet Stephenson
• For Environment, please contact Caroline Orchiston

How is the Centre funded?

As well as funding from the University, we rely on external research income and are funded by a range of government and non-government sources, including iwi and end user groups. Over the past 6 years the Centre has averaged $1.7 million dollars of external research income per annum.

We currently have projects funded by:

• The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 

If I have funding and want to join the Centre as staff, who should I talk to?

You can contact our Director, Janet Stephenson or Susan Davies the Centre Manager to discuss the options. We are very open to having new staff join the Centre.