Red X iconGreen tick iconYellow tick icon

Community church 226x170Environment and community research at the Centre for Sustainability includes investigations into:

  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Community resilience
  • Disaster response planning
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Māori and climate change
  • Māori entrepreneurship
  • Marae and youth connections
  • Risk communication
  • Tourism resilience

Lead researchers' interests and projects

Research Associate Professor Caroline Orchiston

Acting Director, Centre for Sustainability

Caroline Orchiston thumbResearch Associate Professor Caroline Orchiston's passion is for applied research that makes a difference to our society, particularly in building social capital through networks and connections, and working with communities to build resilience.



Professor Merata Kawharu

Research Professor, Centre for Sustainability

Merata Kawharu thumbProfessor Merata Kawharu (Ngāti Whatua, Ngāpuhi), has research interests that have over-arching themes of supporting Māori leadership, community and education. She has focused in areas such as land and water, capability building, climate change resilience, and connections to ancestral marae by young Māori.



  • Reconnecting Youth with Iwi

Research Professor Janet Stephenson

Director, Centre for Sustainability (on study leave returning January 2022)

Janet Stephenson thumbResearch Professor 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.


Current postgraduate environment and community research projects

Postgraduate students research projects contribute hugely to the advancement of sustainability research. Read more about their work:

Recently completed environment and community research

Recent work from both our researchers and postgraduates.

More environment and community research

Back to top