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Dr Janet Stephenson – Centre for Sustainability

Director
Tel: (+64) 3 479 8779
Email: janet.stephenson@otago.ac.nz

Janet Stephenson (160)
Janet Stephenson is passionate about collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Her research interests include indigenous resource management; the interconnections between people and their local environments; and the role of individuals and organisations in the transition to a sustainable future. Most of her current research applies social science approaches to energy and mobility transitions.

Janet has been Director of the Centre for Sustainability since February 2011. Her academic background is in sociology, planning and human geography. She first joined the Centre as a Senior Research Fellow at the end of 2008, having previously taught in the Geography Department at Otago University from 2001-2008.

She chairs the National Energy Research Institute, the Smart Grid Forum, and Dunedin City Council’s Sustainability Audit Subcommittee.

Current & recent research projects

 Current projects

  • Energy Cultures 2 - Janet leads the four-year interdisciplinary Energy Cultures 2 research programme. It addresses the questions: How best might NZ realise cost-effective opportunities for energy efficiency and savings in homes, small businesses and their transport? What do new transport technologies and practices offer for greater efficiencies?
  • Green Grid - Janet is a key researcher in the Green Grid research programme. The research examines how NZ’s electricity grid can be managed in future with higher levels of renewable energy, distributed generation, and consumer uptake of new grid-connected appliances such as photovoltaics, electric vehicles and energy management systems. The programme is led by the Epecentre, University of Canterbury.

Current funded international collaborations

Recent Projects

  •  Generation Y mobilities :  Young peoples’ perspectives on transport and mobility
  • Dunedin Energy Baseline Study : A quantification of the energy supplies into Dunedin City during 2014, and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Maori and Mining: A multi-disciplinary study on how mining in New Zealand relates to and impacts on Maori
  • Facing the Future: Towards a Green Economy for New Zealand An Emerging Issues paper published by the Royal Society of New Zealand suggesting that New Zealand should carefully review its direction of development, and the potential for New Zealand to move towards a green economy.
  • Tirohia he Huarahi: Governance, planning, and management of coastal mahinga kai (customary food-gathering places)
  • Energy Cultures 1: Interdisciplinary study characterising household energy behaviours and identifying opportunities for behaviour change
  • Mātauranga and the RMA: Tools and techniques for communicating Māori values and concerns in the resource management process
  • Technology Users’ Innovation: Innovators’ networks and their contribution to success
  • Social Acceptance of Renewable Electricity Generation in New Zealand

Significant Publications

Books

Ruckstuhl, Katharina; Carter, Lyn; Easterbrook, Luke; Gorman, Andrew R; Rae, Hauauru; Ruru, Jacinta; Ruwhiu, Diane; Stephenson, Janet; Suszko, Abbey; Thompson-Fawcett, Michelle; Turner, Rachel (2013). Maori and Mining. Te Poutama Maori, University of Otago, The Maori and Mining Research Team.

Jacinta Ruru, Janet Stephenson, Mick Abbott (eds) (2011). Making Our Place: exploring land-use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand. Otago University Press, Dunedin.
Janet Stephenson, Jacinta Ruru and Mick Abbott (eds) (2010). Beyond the Scene – Landscape and Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Otago University Press, Dunedin, NZ.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Martha Bell , Gerry Carrington, Rob Lawson, Janet Stephenson, (2014). Socio-technical barriers to the use of energy-efficient timber drying technology in New Zealand. Energy Policy 67: 747–755.

Janet Stephenson and Maria Ioannou (2013). Seven assumptions about public opposition to renewable energies. Planning Quarterly 191:24-30.

Turner, N.J., Berkes, F., Stephenson, J., Dick, J. (2013) Blundering Intruders: Extraneous Impacts on Two Indigenous Food Systems. Human Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s10745-013-9591-y.
Online: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10745-013-9591-y/fulltext.html 

Stephenson, J., Lawson, R., Hoffman, M. (2013) Giving voice to the ‘silent majority’:  exploring the opinions and motivations of people who do not make submissions. Policy Quarterly 9(1): 26-33. 
Online: http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/publications/publications/show/342
Dick, J., Stephenson, J., Kirikiri, R., Moller, H., Turner, R. (2012). Listening to the Kaitiaki: consequences of the loss of abundance and biodiversity of coastal ecosystems in Aotearoa New Zealand. MAI Journal 1(2): 118-130.
Online: http://www.journal.mai.ac.nz/content/mai-journal-2012-volume-1-issue-2

Stephenson, J., Lawson, R., Carrington, G., Barton, B., Thorsnes, P., Mirosa, M. (2010) The Practice of Interdisciplinarity. International journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 5(7): 271-282.
http://iji.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.88/prod.1202

Stephenson, J., Barton, B., Carrington, G., Gnoth, D., Lawson, R., Thorsnes, P. (2010): Energy Cultures: A framework for understanding energy behaviours. Energy Policy 38: 6120–6129.
http://scholar.google.co.nz/scholar?hl=en&q=energy+cultures+framework+stephenson&btnG=&as_sdt=1%2C39&as_sdtp=
Stephenson, J. (2010): The Dimensional Landscape Model: exploring differences in expressing and locating landscape qualities. Landscape Research 35(3)3: 299–318.
Stephenson, J. (2010) People and Place. Planning Theory and Practice 11(1): 1-13.
Stephenson, J., and Moller, H. (2009) Cross-cultural environmental research and management – challenges and progress. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39(4): 139-149.
Graham, J., Stephenson, J. and Smith, I. (2009): Public Perceptions of Wind Energy Developments: Case Studies from New Zealand. Energy Policy 37: 3348-3357.
Stephenson, J. (2008): The Cultural Values Model: an integrated approach to values in landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning 84: 127-139.

Reports
Ford, R., Stephenson, J., Brown, N., & Stiehler, W. (2014). Energy Transitions: Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS). Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago.
Barton, B., Blackwell, S., Carrington, G., Ford, R., Lawson, R., Stephenson, J., Thorsnes, P., Williams, J. (2013) Energy Cultures: Implications for Policymakers. Research Report, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. ISBN: 978-0-473-23717-2
Willis, S., Stephenson, J., Day, R. (2012). Blueskin People Power - a toolkit for community engagement. Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust, Waitati, Otago. Commissioned by Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

Dick, J., Turner, R., Stephenson, J., Kirikiri, R., Moller, H. (2012). Mana moana, mana tangata: testimonies on depletion and restoration of mahinga kai.Tirohia he Huarahi Research Report #1. Centre for Sustainability, Otago University, Dunedin.
Daniel Gnoth, Miranda Mirosa, Rob Lawson, Janet Stephenson (2010) Characteristics of Household Energy Behaviours. Report for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
Janet Stephenson and Maria Ioannou (2010) Social Acceptance of Renewable Electricity Developments in New Zealand. Report for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
Matt Hoffman, Rob Lawson and Janet Stephenson (2009) Does the Silent Majority Support Windfarms? Comparing the opinions and motivations of wind farm submitters and non-submitters.  Research Report, Marketing and Geography Departments, University of Otago: Dunedin New Zealand.
 
Other Relevant Papers
Stephenson, J. (2011) A Low-Carbon Energy Future” Breaking the Dependence on Fossil Fuels. A Whitepaper prepared for the National Energy Research Institute  ‘Winter Lights’ Forum, Dunedin, 16 June 2011.
 
Conference Papers published in proceedings
Daniel Gnoth, Rob Lawson, Miranda Mirosa, Janet Stephenson (2011). Rationalising energy-related behaviour in the home: Insights from a value-laddering approach. June 2011, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study (France)
Janet Stephenson, Rob Lawson, Gerry Carrington, Barry Barton, Paul Thorsnes (2011) Energy Cultures - a framework for interdisciplinary research. Proceedings of the World Renewable Energy Congress, May 2011 (Sweden)
Lisa Kanawa, Janet Stephenson and Marg O’Brien (2010) Beyond Consultation: getting good outcomes for everyone in cross-cultural resource consent practice. Proceedings of the International Indigenous Knowledge Conference. Knowledge Exchange Programme of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, University of Auckland
Janet Stephenson, Seth Gorrie, Leslie Hunt (2011) Mapping Innovators’ Networks: Actors and Flows in Small Innovation Firms, Proceedings of the International Conference on Invention, Innovation and Commercialisation. June 2011.

 

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Publications

Stephenson, J., Barton, B., Carrington, G., Doering, A., Ford, R., Hopkins, D., Lawson, R., McCarthy, A., … Scott, M., Thorsnes, P., Walton, S., Williams, J., & Wooliscroft, B. (2015). The energy cultures framework: Exploring the role of norms, practices and material culture in shaping energy behaviour in New Zealand. Energy Research & Social Science, 7, 117-123. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2015.03.005

Stephenson, J., Barton, B., Carrington, G., Gnoth, D., Lawson, R., & Thorsnes, P. (2010). Energy cultures: A framework for understanding energy behaviours. Energy Policy, 38, 6120-6129. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.05.069

Stephenson, J., Hopkins, D., & Doering, A. (2015). Conceptualizing transport transitions: Energy Cultures as an organizing framework. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy & Environment, 4, 354-364. doi: 10.1002/wene.149

Stephenson, J., Berkes, F., Turner, N. J., & Dick, J. (2014). Biocultural conservation of marine ecosystems: Examples from New Zealand and Canada. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 13(2), 257-265.

Stephenson, J., Abbott, M., & Ruru, J. (Eds.). (2010). Beyond the scene: Landscape and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 224p.

Authored Book - Research

Ruckstuhl, K., Carter, L., Easterbrook, L., Gorman, A. R., Rae, H., Ruru, J., Ruwhiu, D., Stephenson, J., Suszko, A., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Turner, R. (2013). Māori and mining. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago, 59p.

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Edited Book - Research

Ruru, J., Stephenson, J., & Abbott, M. (Eds.). (2011). Making our place: Exploring land-use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 240p.

Stephenson, J., Abbott, M., & Ruru, J. (Eds.). (2010). Beyond the scene: Landscape and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 224p.

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Journal - Research Article

Scott, M. G., McCarthy, A., Ford, R., Stephenson, J., & Gorrie, S. (2016). Evaluating the impact of energy interventions: Home audits vs. community events. Energy Efficiency, 9, 1221-1240. doi: 10.1007/s12053-015-9420-9

Stephenson, J., Hopkins, D., & Doering, A. (2015). Conceptualizing transport transitions: Energy Cultures as an organizing framework. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy & Environment, 4, 354-364. doi: 10.1002/wene.149

Stephenson, J., Barton, B., Carrington, G., Doering, A., Ford, R., Hopkins, D., Lawson, R., McCarthy, A., … Scott, M., Thorsnes, P., Walton, S., Williams, J., & Wooliscroft, B. (2015). The energy cultures framework: Exploring the role of norms, practices and material culture in shaping energy behaviour in New Zealand. Energy Research & Social Science, 7, 117-123. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2015.03.005

Campion, R., & Stephenson, J. (2014). Recreation on private property: Landowner attitudes towards allemansrätt. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events, 6(1), 52-65. doi: 10.1080/19407963.2013.800873

Bell, M., Carrington, G., Lawson, R., & Stephenson, J. (2014). Socio-technical barriers to the use of energy-efficient timber drying technology in New Zealand. Energy Policy, 67, 747-755. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.12.010

Stephenson, J., Berkes, F., Turner, N. J., & Dick, J. (2014). Biocultural conservation of marine ecosystems: Examples from New Zealand and Canada. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 13(2), 257-265.

Rotarangi, S. J., & Stephenson, J. (2014). Resilience pivots: Stability and identity in a social-ecological-cultural system. Ecology & Society, 19(1), 28. doi: 10.5751/ES-06262-190128

Turner, N. J., Berkes, F., Stephenson, J., & Dick, J. (2013). Blundering intruders: Extraneous impacts on two indigenous food systems. Human Ecology, 14(4), 563-574. doi: 10.1007/s10745-013-9591-y

Dick, J., Stephenson, J., Kirikiri, R., Moller, H., & Turner, R. (2012). Listening to the kaitiaki: Consequences of the loss of abundance and biodiversity of coastal ecosystems in Aotearoa New Zealand. MAI Journal, 1(2), 117-130.

Stephenson, J., Barton, B., Carrington, G., Gnoth, D., Lawson, R., & Thorsnes, P. (2010). Energy cultures: A framework for understanding energy behaviours. Energy Policy, 38, 6120-6129. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.05.069

Campion, R., & Stephenson, J. (2010). The 'right to roam': Lessons for New Zealand from Sweden's allemansrätt. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 17(1), 18-26.

Stephenson, J. (2010). People and place. Planning Theory & Practice, 11(1), 9-21. doi: 10.1080/14649350903549878

Stephenson, J. (2010). The Dimensional Landscape Model: Exploring differences in expressing and locating landscape qualities. Landscape Research, 35(3), 299-318. doi: 10.1080/01426391003743934

Stephenson, J., Lawson, R., Carrington, G., Barton, B., Thorsnes, P., & Mirosa, M. (2010). The practice of interdisciplinarity. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(7), 271-282.

Graham, J. B., Stephenson, J. R., & Smith, I. J. (2009). Public perceptions of wind energy developments: Case studies from New Zealand. Energy Policy, 37(9), 3348-3357. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2008.12.035

Stephenson, J., & Moller, H. (2009). Cross-cultural environmental research and management: Challenges and progress. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 39(4), 139-149. doi: 10.1080/03014220909510567

Stephenson, J. (2008). The Cultural Values Model: An integrated approach to values in landscapes. Landscape & Urban Planning, 84(2), 127-139. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2007.07.003

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Journal - Research Other

Hopkins, D., & Stephenson, J. (2014). Generation Y mobilities through the lens of energy cultures: A preliminary exploration of mobility cultures. Journal of Transport Geography, 38, 88-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.05.013

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Hopkins, D., & Stephenson, J. (2015). Generation Y mobilities: Full report. Commissioned by New Zealand Ministry of Transport. Dunedin, New Zealand: Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. 111p.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Ford, R., Stephenson, J., Scott, M., Williams, J., Rees, D., & Wooliscroft, B. (2015). Keen on EVs: Kiwi perspectives on electric vehicles, and opportunities to stimulate uptake. Dunedin, New Zealand: Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. 9p.

Ford, R., Stephenson, J., Scott, M., Williams, J., Wooliscroft, B., King, G., & Miller, A. (2014). Photovoltaic (PV) uptake in NZ: The story so far. Dunedin, New Zealand: Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. 10p.

Carrington, G., Austin, G., Rotmann, S., Sims, R., Stephenson, J., Boys, J., … Salmond, A. (2014). Facing the future: Towards a green economy for New Zealand [Emerging Issues paper]. Wellington, New Zealand: Royal Society of New Zealand. 13p.

King, G., Stephenson, J., & Ford, R. (2014). PV in Blueskin: Drivers, barriers and enablers of uptake of household photovoltaic systems in the Blueskin communities, Otago, New Zealand: A report for the GREEN Grid research project. Dunedin, New Zealand: Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. 44p.

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