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Richard Morgan

Position:

Professor

Coordinator of Environmental Management BAppSc

Senior Science Advisor

Qualifications:BSc(Lond) PhD(Birm)

 

 

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Teaching

GEOG101 Physical Geography
GEOG284 Soils and the Environment
GEOG390 Soils and the Environment
GEOG471 Impact Assessment and Sustainability
ENVI311 Understanding Environmental Issues

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Research Interests

My core research interests are the understanding and management of human impacts on environmental systems. My main area of research is impact assessment, a fundamental environmental management tool. However, I also maintain my interests in specific aspects of human impact on soil and vegetation systems, as indicated below.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA, SEA, HIA, SIA etc.):

  • the international context for impact assessment: institutions, law, and current themes
  • theory and practice of IA, in New Zealand and overseas
  • the institutionalisation and practice of health impact assessment (HIA) in New Zealand and in east and south Asia
  • regulatory impact assessment in New Zealand, UK, and EU
  • impact assessment in the developing country context

LAND USE IMPACTS ON SOIL AND VEGETATION SYSTEMS:

  • the accumulation of copper from fungicide sprays in orchard and vineyard soils
  • the effect of land use change on copper availability and plant uptake in old orchard soils
  • sources of heavy metals in soils of rural and urban environments: timber treatment; treated timber usage; playground equipment; diffuse aerial sources, etc
  • agriculture and forestry: nutrient changes, nitrate leaching from agricultural land, etc
  • ecology of introduced plant species, and land management


Click here to view recent Research Grants

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Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Richard's Inaugural Professorial Lecture, "From Orange Boxes, to tsunamis and climate change: realising the potential of impact assessment", is available as a video and audio file. Please follow the links below

IPL Audio Podcast (mp3)
IPL Video Podcast (mp4)

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Key Publications

Morgan, R.K. (2017) Conceptualising best practice in impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 66: 78-85.

Morgan, R.K. (2017) Environmental impact assessment. In: The international Encyclopedia of Geography. Edited by Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, and Richard A Marston. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 8 pp.

Morgan, R.K. Environmental impact assessment: state of the art. Impact assessment and Project Appraisal, 30: 5-14. (2012)

Morgan, R.K. (2012) Soil, heavy metals and human health. Ch. 3 in: Soil and Human Health, edited by Eric C. Brevik and Lynn C. Burgess. Boca Raton: CRC Press. pp. 59-82

(see Publications for full listing)

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Current Research Students

Dyanna Jolly: Cultural impact assessment in New Zealand. (co-supervisor with Michelle Thompson-Fawcett) PhD

Chantal Whitby: The barriers to, and opportunities for, restoring wetlands on New Zealand farms. (MSc Environmental Management)

Vira H. Atalifo: Managing the Environmental Impacts of Mining Neglected Development Minerals in Fiji. (MAppSc project)


Click here to view previous postgraduate student supervisions


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Publications

Morgan, R. K. (2011). An evaluation of the health impact assessment for the Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health. 30p.

Morgan, R. K., Hart, A., Freeman, C., Coutts, B., Colwill, D., & Hughes, A. (2012). Practitioners, professional cultures, and perceptions of impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 32, 11-24. doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2011.02.002

Morgan, R. K. (2011). Health and impact assessment: Are we seeing closer integration? Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 31(4), 404-411. doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2010.03.009

Morgan, R. K. (2008). Institutionalising health impact assessment: The New Zealand experience. Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal, 26(1), 2-16.

Byrch, C., Kearins, K., Milne, M. J., & Morgan, R. K. (2009). Sustainable development: What does it really mean? University of Auckland Business Review, 11(1). Retrieved from http://www.uabr.auckland.ac.nz/Archive/

Commissioned Report for External Body

Morgan, R. K. (2011). An evaluation of the health impact assessment for the Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health. 30p.

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Journal - Research Article

Morgan, R. K., Hart, A., Freeman, C., Coutts, B., Colwill, D., & Hughes, A. (2012). Practitioners, professional cultures, and perceptions of impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 32, 11-24. doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2011.02.002

Morgan, R. K. (2011). Health and impact assessment: Are we seeing closer integration? Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 31(4), 404-411. doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2010.03.009

Byrch, C., Kearins, K., Milne, M. J., & Morgan, R. K. (2009). Sustainable development: What does it really mean? University of Auckland Business Review, 11(1). Retrieved from http://www.uabr.auckland.ac.nz/Archive/

Morgan, R. K. (2008). Institutionalising health impact assessment: The New Zealand experience. Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal, 26(1), 2-16.

Byrch, C., Kearins, K., Milne, M., & Morgan, R. (2007). Sustainable ″what″? A cognitive approach to understanding sustainable development. Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, 4(1), 26-52. doi: 10.1108/11766090710732497

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Journal - Research Other

Morgan, R. K. (2011). [Review of the book Strategic environmental assessment in action]. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 8(3), 241-242. doi: 10.1080/1943815X.2011.574705

Morgan, R. (2010). What is best practice? [Review of the book Methods of environmental impact assessment]. Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal, 28(2), 169-170. doi: 10.3152/146155110x502342

Morgan, R. K. (2006). Solutions to environmental impact assessment failure require more than common sense [Roundtable discussion: Common sense in environmental impact assessment: It is not as common as it should be]. Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal, 24(1), 15-16. doi: 10.3152/147154606781765354

Morgan, R. (2006). Scenario approach for exploring environmental futures [Review of the book Global environment outlook scenario framework: Background paper for UNEP's third Global Environment Outlook Report (GEO-3)]. Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal, 24(2), 166-167.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Byrch, C., Milne, M. J., Morgan, R. K., & Kearins, K. (2011). Relating the meaning of sustainable development to business practice. Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) Conference: CSEAR toward Sustainable Futures: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Retrieved from http://www.utas.edu.au/csear/conference-program

Slack, G., Morgan, R., & Craw, D. (2008). Chemical controls on establishment success of plants on coal mine waste rocks, Wangaloa, South Otago. Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy New Zealand Branch Annual Conference. (pp. 525-534). Carlton, Australia: AusIMM. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Shakir, A., & Morgan, R. (2007, June). Role of SEA in post-tsunami reconstruction in the Maldives. Poster session presented at the 27th International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Conference: Growth, Conservation and Responsibility: Promoting Good Governance and Corporate Stewardship through Impact Assessment, Seoul, Korea.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Morgan, R. K. (2011, July). Approaches to institutionalization of Health Impact Assessment. Verbal presentation at the Health Impact Assessment of Air Pollution in Southeast and East Asia Workshop, Seoul, Korea.

Morgan, R. (2011, May-June). Learning from practice: A New Zealand case study. Verbal presentation at the 31st International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Meeting: Impact Assessment and Responsible Development for Infrastructure, Business and Industry, Puebla, Mexico.

Morgan, R., & Hoffman, M. (2010, April). The visual impact of wind farms: An evaluation. Verbal presentation at the 30th International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Conference: The Role of Impact Assessment in Transitioning to the Green Economy, Geneva, Switzerland.

Morgan, R., Bos, R., Rex, W., & Jindawatthana, A. (2009, April). Future direction of HIA in Asia-Pacific region [Plenary panel]. Verbal presentation at the Asia and Pacific Regional Health Impact Assessment Conference: Empowering People, Ensuring Health, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Morgan, R., & Fletcher, N. (2009, May). Evaluating software to capture value preferences. Verbal presentation at the 29th International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Meeting: Impact Assessment and Human Well-Being, Accra, Ghana.

Morgan, R. (2009, November). The (re-)emergence of health in impact assessment practices: An international perspective. Verbal presentation at the 2nd Otago International Health Research Network Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Varkalis, B., & Morgan, R. (2008, May). Local authority guidance for impact assessment in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 28th International Association for Impact Assessment Annual Conference: The Art and Science of Impact Assessment, Perth, Australia.

Morgan, R., & McGimpsey, P. (2008, May). SEA and regional land transport planning in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 28th International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Conference: The Art and Science of Impact Assessment, Perth, Australia.

Morgan, R. (2007, November). Linking HIA and other forms of impact assessment: Lessons and experience. Verbal presentation at the South East Asian and Oceania Regional Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Morgan, R. (2007, November). Impact assessment and the future of Australasian cities. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment (NZAIA) Annual Conference: Assessing the Impacts of Growth on our Urban Areas, Auckland, New Zealand.

Morgan, R., & Hart, A. (2006, May). Forest stewardship certification and impact assessment practice in New Zealand forestry companies. Verbal presentation at the 26th International Association for Impact Assessment Annual Conference: Power, Poverty and Sustainability: The Role of Impact Assessment, Stavanger, Norway.

Morgan, R., Hart, A., Freeman, C., & Coutts, B. (2006, May). Practitioners, professions, and perceptions of impact assessment adequacy. Verbal presentation at the 26th International Association for Impact Assessment Annual Conference: Power, Poverty and Sustainability: The Role of Impact Assessment, Stavanger, Norway.

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