Thursday, 27 May 2021 4:29pm
It is time for the management and conservation of the Antarctic to begin focusing on responsibility, rather than rights, through an Indigenous Māori framework, a University of Otago academic argues.
Thursday, 8 April 2021 4:43pm
The Centre for Sustainability recently submitted a response to the Climate Change Commission’s Consultation document, the combined submission is a research-informed perspective on the CCC’s draft Advice.
Monday, 9 November 2020 4:37pm
More diesel use; less renewable energy; less energy efficiency; more carbon emissions – a new report from the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability identifies many worrying energy use trends in Dunedin.
Friday, 4 September 2020 12:12pm
The Centre for Sustainability has a three-year PhD Scholarship available to investigate the uptake and implementation of public policies related to seismic resilience in lower seismic hazard zones in southern New Zealand.
Thursday, 3 September 2020 8:41am
The Centre for Sustainability has several Summer Scholarships available for the summer break.
Thursday, 3 September 2020 10:03am
Otago researchers examining the impacts of post-earthquake cordons on residents and businesses say policy makers should pre-plan for cordon use to minimise negative outcomes.
Monday, 24 August 2020 10:21am
The government is allocating $30 million to develop a detailed business case for pumped hydro to address New Zealand’s dry-year storage problem.
Saturday, 8 August 2020 2:31pm
In interest.co.nz's Election Series, Centre for Sustainability Director, Janet Stephenson and School of Geography’s Etienne Nel argue our political parties need a plan for a ‘post-growth’ world.
Friday, 31 July 2020 4:23pm
New Zealand wants to build a 100% renewable electricity grid, but massive infrastructure is not the best option.
Monday, 15 June 2020 4:04pm
Covid-19 has reset our understanding of the world. From this crisis comes opportunity, and Professor Merata Kawharu (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi), from the Centre for Sustainability, believes it’s a chance to apply traditional principles to our new normal.
Friday, 12 June 2020 9:08am
Janet Stephenson discusses the impacts of Covid-19 and its aftermath on energy systems in New Zealand and globally, and the implications for a low-carbon future.
Friday, 1 May 2020 10:19am
Centre Director Associate Professor Janet Stephenson latest opinion piece looks at what she think we’re learning as a society through the COVID-19 experience.
Thursday, 30 April 2020 2:22pm
The Centre for Sustainability is currently advertising a 3 year PhD Scholarship to study earthquake-related legislation in lower seismic hazard zones.
Thursday, 30 April 2020 1:56pm
Centre Director Associate Professor Janet Stephenson says “There are many things we can be doing to be setting our economy and society into a sustainable future.”
Monday, 20 April 2020 11:26am
The current nationwide pause as a result of Covid-19 is an extraordinary opportunity, and probably the only one we will get, to redesign our economy so that it no longer threatens life on this planet.
Monday, 6 April 2020 10:40am
Britta Hamill and Associate Professor Janet Stephenson have published a summary of options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on New Zealand livestock farms.
Friday, 3 April 2020 5:04pm
A recent blog from our colleague Dr James Beattie, University of Victoria.
Thursday, 31 October 2019 9:33am
We are providing three PhD scholarships and fees to students who are interested in looking at solutions to climate change problems for Māori communities. Students would join in a multi-disciplinary team of academics, private sector and Crown Research Institute individuals, along with recent Māori social science graduates from Otago University. THESE SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN FILLED AND ARE NOW CLOSED
Thursday, 19 September 2019 9:11am
Professor Merata Kawharu (Ngāti Whatua, Ngāpuhi) from the Centre for Sustainability, has been awarded NZ$7,248,016 over five years for an initiative aimed at empowering Māori communities to respond to climate change.This innovative research project pioneers the development of marae-based and marae-led platforms and processes to help reduce carbon emissions in the community.
Friday, 13 September 2019 11:49am
Are you planning on coming back to university next year? Would you like to carry out an interesting 10-week research project over the holidays? The Centre for Sustainability has several Summer Scholarships for the summer break.
PhD Scholarship available in the area of tourism, emergency management and rural disaster resilience.
Thursday, 22 August 2019 2:41pm
Inviting applications for a three year PhD Scholarship at the Centre for Sustainability.We seek an applied, interdisciplinary research candidate with exceptional communication skills, and prior research knowledge and practical experience of the tourism sector to join our dynamic research team in New Zealand.
Thursday, 11 July 2019 9:55am
New research shows a “business as usual” approach will not work for New Zealand’s regional councils, and over a quarter of our local councils, who are facing extreme exposure to climate hazards like coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels.
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:02am
Electricity costs are a significant burden for many farms, especially those that run extensive irrigation and dairying operations.
Monday, 3 June 2019 9:31am
The Centre is seeking expressions of interest in two PhD Scholarship opportunities in Māori research. APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 2:43pm
Transport uses half of the energy consumed in Dunedin and produces most of the city’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, a new University of Otago study reveals. However, it also shows the city boasts the highest rates of electric vehicle ownership in New Zealand.
Tuesday, 2 April 2019 2:08pm
This is for a full-time, fixed-term three-year position for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Sociology of Food and Agriculture. Applications have now closed.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 3:12pm
The scientists, emergency planners and numerous agencies involved in preparing for a future Alpine Fault earthquake have modelled the impacts of a major earthquake on the Alpine Fault and highlighted the need for emergency agencies to work across boundaries during a future disaster, University of Otago research reveals.
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 2:35pm
Dr James Hale discusses his involvement in The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard, Dr Caroline Orchiston summarises her work on QuakeCoRE's Oamaru Tourism precinct and Postgraduate student Karly Burch shares her completed PhD project.
Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:07am
Centre Director Janet Stephenson and Deputy Director Caroline Orchiston were authors recently on a report for MOTU - Communities and climate Change: Vulnerability to rising seas and more frequent flooding.
Thursday, 31 May 2018 9:48am
For Leigh McKenzie a summer internship at the Centre lead to the unexpected experience of being granted the New Zealand Esri Young Scholar award for 2017 and nominated for the New Zealand Emerging Spatial Professional award.
Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:32pm
Centre Deputy Director Dr Caroline Orchiston recently appeared on Stuff News through her involvement with Project Alpine Fault Magnitude 8 (AF8)
Friday, 26 January 2018 12:13pm
The Centre for Sustainability was well represented at the recent 24th International Conference of Agri-food Research Network held in Bandung, Indonesia.
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 11:12am
The University of Otago is living its commitment to being a good global citizen by sparking a change that will halve the greenhouse gas emissions created by its energy use, while simultaneously reducing its total carbon footprint by a third.
Monday, 25 September 2017 2:29pm
If you are planning on returning to Otago University next year and would like to carry out an interesting research project over the summer break one of our summer scholarships might appeal to you. Both will be based at our Centre and would run for the standard 10-week period.
Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:27am
The Centre is calling for applications for a 3 year doctoral scholarship commencing early 2018.
It will contribute to the QuakeCoRE programme (Flagship 3 – Addressing earthquake-vulnerable buildings – a multi-disciplinary approach). This three-year project will focus on learning lessons from both domestic and international cordoning experiences to inform the planning and implementation of cordons in urban New Zealand.
Applications for the scholarship close January 20th 2018. More information and full application details available
Monday, 18 September 2017 10:22am
Centre for Sustainability Director Janet Stephenson will be joining the Science Leadership Team (SLT) for the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.
Thursday, 14 September 2017 2:32pm
Keeping New Zealanders on the move in an increasingly sustainable way is being hamstrung by our three-year election cycle and policy U-turns.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:04pm
The Oamaru Heritage Precinct Project, being carried out by Centre for Sustainability acting director Dr Caroline Orchiston and research assistant Will Stovall, made news in the Oamaru Mail last week
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 2:39pm
The University formally launched its reconfigured line-up of 12 flagship research centres recently at the Otago Museum. The Centre for Sustainability was represented by Deputy Director, Dr Caroline Orchiston who presented a short overview of the centre's research alongside the other 11 flagship centres.
Friday, 11 August 2017 12:00pm
New Zealand’s high levels of renewable electricity may be the envy of the world but some thorny issues still need addressing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 1:30pm
The Centre calls for applications for a Masters scholarship as part of the GREEN Grid Research Programme.
Friday, 11 December 2015 2:46pm
I've got the Power! - the latest blog from Centre for Sustainability researcher Rebecca Ford
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 31 March 2014 11:21am
The Centre was well represented and well received at the Energy Conference 2014 in Wellington this month.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 16 January 2014 2:46pm
Centre staff and students spoke at the Australasian AgriFood Research Network XX 2013 Conference in Melbourne recently.
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.
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.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 3:58pm
Former Centre Director Professor Hugh Campbell has co-edited a book looking at the issues surrounding food waste.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 4:44pm
It’s time to change the way New Zealanders do conservation says the ‘Tahi Group of Concerned Scientists’.
Thursday, 12 September 2013 9:35am
Deputy Director Chris Rosin has been presented with the OUSA Supervisor of the Year 2013 award for Humanities.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 4:32pm
The Energy Cultures team recently presented at the Climate, Mind and Behavior Conference held at the Garrison Institute.
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.