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Dr Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly imageSenior Lecturer

BA(Hons)(Guelph)
MA (N Br Col)
PhD(S Fraser)

 

 

Richardson Building, room 4C25
Office Hours: email to make an appointment
Tel +64 3 479 8771
Email sean.connelly@otago.ac.nz

Sean's background

Community response to sustainability challenges is a recurring theme in my teaching and research. My Masters research explored co-management arrangements between indigenous groups and government for sea turtle conservation in Suriname.

I completed my PhD in Geography at Simon Fraser University on community engagement for sustainable community development in 2009, based on case study research of urban, rural and First Nation community sustainability initiatives. I was able to research local food initiatives as a catalyst for sustainability through a post-doctoral fellowship with BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance.

Prior to commencing PhD studies, I worked for ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in the Johannesburg office in preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

In Dunedin, I am a member of Our Food Network whose mission is to stimulate the production, distribution and consumption of local food and in that way contributes to the building of a resilient and prosperous community.

I write a regular column “Seeds for Change” in the Otago Daily Times on food and sustainability
https://www.odt.co.nz/tag/seeds-for-change

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Teaching

  • GEOG 216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
  • GEOG 472 Developments in Environmental Management

Sean also contributes to

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Research interests

The focus of my research is in the broad area of sustainable communities and how they contribute to the wider concept of sustainable development. In particular, I am interested in the gap between planning and policy development and local environmental action. I seek to develop this research by exploring three related themes:


1. Social economy and sustainable community development convergence - issues of scale
children holding balloons in climate action march in SeoulConvergence of social economy and sustainable community development movements provide new opportunities for both theoretical and applied research on efforts to re-localize economies and strengthen the resilience and sustainability of communities and regions. I'm interested in how the convergence of these two movements might offer strategic opportunities to scale-up and scale-out these innovative approaches in cities and communities.


2. Local food initiatives as catalysts for community transition
Over the last decade, interest in local food issues has arisen from a variety of sources. Environmental concerns, poster featuring a local foodstall in Seoulorganic food, health and nutrition, food security, food sovereignty, GMOs, food contamination and agricultural preservation have all been used to justify stronger connections between food production and consumption, ecological stewardship, social justice and community economic development. This research examines case studies of alternative food initiatives such as farmers markets, community gardens, CSAs and food hubs to explore the opportunities and barriers that exist in using food as a lens for broader transitions towards sustainability.

I am also a member of Food Waste Innovation, a University of Otago Research Theme which measures food waste, develops reduction strategies, applies innovative technology, and works to modify producer and consumer behaviour.

3. Rural development and sustainability planning
grain elevator in agricultural dependent town of Craik_Saskatchewan_CanadaThe future viability of many rural communities rests on their ability to manage the challenge of rural restructuring in the context of resource-dependent boom-bust cycles. For some communities privileged with recreational and tourism amenities, the shift from resource extraction to servicing recreation has been a source of growth. However, many other communities have had to rely on internal capacity and social capital as a means of coping with the loss of major industries. Still fewer have attempted to use sustainability as an amenity and focus for community development alternatives. This research seeks to examine rural communities that have turned to sustainability initiatives to cope with the loss of resource-based jobs to understand the relationship between community capacity, social capital, "can-do" attitude and sustainability as a strategy for community resilience.

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Potential postgraduate projects

I would welcome inquiries for any student interested broadly in community approaches to sustainability. Specific potential student projects I’ve identified include:

  • Food system sustainability in New Zealand
  • Exploring diverse futures of rural small towns in the South Island, NZ
  • Exploring the role of social learning in collaborative management of fisheries in the East Otago Taiāpure
  • Alternative food initiatives: Case studies in NZ

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Current postgraduate supervision

PhD

  • Danielle Du Plooy: Diverse meanings of land ethic in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Alyssa Ryan: Rural amenities and thriving regional economies (Co-supervised with Professor Etienne Nel and Dr Mike McKay – AgResearch)
  • Alison Floyd: How dominant narratives of place shape socio-political-environmental policies on the West Coast of New Zealand (Co-supervised with Professor Etienne Nel)
  • Tsani Rakhmah: Understanding the dynamic relationships of barriers to investment in low-carbon power generation: Case studies of geothermal power project development in Indonesia and New Zealand (Co-supervised with Professor Nathan Berg – Economics)
  • Altami Arasty: Transnational climate change governance (Co-supervised with Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett – Geography)

Masters / Honours

  • Charlotte Brewer (MSB): Alternative proteins potential to disrupt agriculture-environment relations (Co-supervised with Professor Hugh Campbell)
  • Ellie Axton (MA): Motivations and approaches to local food system change
  • Hannah MacDonald (MPlan): Social perspectives on waste management
  • Tara Hagarty (MSc): Spatial conservation conflicts: Biodiversity and carbon (Co-supervised with Dr Ralf Ohlemuller)

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Recent postgraduate supervision

PhD

  • Abigale Virens: Seeing the city for the weeds: A genealogical exploration of foraging in Dunedin, New Zealand (2022: Co-supervised with Professor Hugh Campbell and Dr Hirini Tane)
  • Katherine Cresswell Riol: Paying with Dignity: Neoliberalisation and the Human Cost of Food Charity (2021: Co-supervised with Dr Katharine Legun and Professor Hugh Campbell – Sociology)
  • Garrett Lentz: Determining effective education strategies for sustainable food choice (2019: Co-supervised with Dr Miranda Mirosa – Food Science)

Masters / Honours

  • Reese Martin (MIDP 2022): Exploring the potential for small scale solar energy in urban design
  • Madison Seymour (MA 2021): Caring food systems? The transformational potential of ecological farming practices in New Zealand
  • Sammy Bergen (MA 2021): The evolving economic geography of Central Otago (Co-supervised with Professor Etienne Nel)
  • Elizabeth Boyle (MPlan 2021): Can city planning help address the need for food waste minimisation behaviour change in Dunedin’s tertiary precinct?
  • Jess McIntyre (MSc 2020): “Water we do about the river?” An integrated approach to understanding water quality in the Waikaka Stream, Southland, New Zealand (Co-supervised with Dr Sara Mager)
  • Pailin Chua-oon Rinfret (MAppSci 2020): Cultural Impact Assessment in New Zealand (Co-supervised with Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett)
  • Emily Cathro (Honours 2020): 'Just Transitions'? An investigation of Taranaki's energy and human future (Co-supervised with Professor Etienne Nel)
  • Callum Ferguson (MA 2019): Therapeutic landscapes: Exploring Green-Blue spaces at the coast (Co-supervised with Dr Christina Ergler)
  • Polly Brownlee (MA 2019): New Zealand's Industrial Hemp Industry: Potentials, constraints and futures
  • Keith Finlayson (MAppSc Environmental Management 2019): Bridging the gap: Linking farm management plans to everyday practice
  • Connie Mills (MPlan 2019): Using employment as a driver for economic development in a regional context
  • Leigh McKenzie (MSc 2018): Environmental priorities of local food producers
  • Philippa Mackay (MPlan 2016): Food Resilience in Dunedin
  • Jessica Rose (MPlan 2016): Economic development on the West Coast (Co-supervised with Professor Etienne Nel – Geography)
  • Jessica Pullen (MSc 2015): The effect of drought on West Coast dairying (Co-supervised with Dr Sarah Mager – Geography)
  • Kathleen Haylock (MPlan 2015): Local food systems planning in Dunedin and Christchurch: A comparative case study
  • Alejandra Parra Mūnoz (MPlan 2014): Community planning in North East Valley, Dunedin
  • Carrie Skilton (PGDipAppSc - Environmental Management 2014): Non-notification for oil and gas exploration and best practice in Environmental Management (Co-supervised with Dr Sophie Bond)
  • Ihakara Puketapu-Dentice (MPlan 2013): Ngā Tapuwae o ngā Mātua Tūpuna – The Footprints of our Ancestors – The Role of Indigenous Culture in Promoting Development and Design in the Urban Environment - Insights from Vancouver and Waiwhetū (Co-supervised with Associate Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett)

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Publications

Seymour, M., & Connelly, S. (2022). Regenerative agriculture and a more-than-human ethic of care: A relational approach to understanding transformation. Agriculture & Human Values. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10460-022-10350-1

Chua-oon Rinfret, P., Connelly, S., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2022). Practising impact assessment: A content analysis of 20 Cultural Impact Assessment reports in Aotearoa New Zealand. AlterNative, 18(1), 155-162. doi: 10.1177/11771801221085290

McIntyre, J., Mager, S., & Connelly, S. (2022). Can catchment groups fill the democratic deficit? Catchment groups as a hydrosocial phenomenon in Waikaka, Southland. New Zealand Geographer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12323

Powe, N. A., Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2022). Planning for small town reorientation: Key policy choices within external support. Journal of Rural Studies, 90, 65-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.01.009

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2022). New localism: New regionalism. In R. Brears (Ed.), Palgrave encyclopedia of urban and regional futures. (Online ed.) Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-51812-7_164-1

Seymour, M., & Connelly, S. (2022). Regenerative agriculture and a more-than-human ethic of care: A relational approach to understanding transformation. Agriculture & Human Values. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10460-022-10350-1

Journal - Research Article

Chua-oon Rinfret, P., Connelly, S., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2022). Practising impact assessment: A content analysis of 20 Cultural Impact Assessment reports in Aotearoa New Zealand. AlterNative, 18(1), 155-162. doi: 10.1177/11771801221085290

Journal - Research Article

McIntyre, J., Mager, S., & Connelly, S. (2022). Can catchment groups fill the democratic deficit? Catchment groups as a hydrosocial phenomenon in Waikaka, Southland. New Zealand Geographer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12323

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Powe, N. A., Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2022). Planning for small town reorientation: Key policy choices within external support. Journal of Rural Studies, 90, 65-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.01.009

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Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2022). New localism: New regionalism. In R. Brears (Ed.), Palgrave encyclopedia of urban and regional futures. (Online ed.) Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-51812-7_164-1

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Nel, E., & Connelly, S. (2020). Regional economic transformation: Changing land and resource access on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Land Use Policy, 93, 103947. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.04.008

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Mackay, P., & Connelly, S. (2019). Searching for fit? Institution building and local action for food system change in Dunedin, New Zealand. In P. Andrée, J. K. Clark, C. Z. Levkoe & K. Lowitt (Eds.), Civil society and social movements in food system governance. (pp. 63-80). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429503597

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Nel, E., & Connelly, S. (2019). Rediscovering regional development in New Zealand: Reflections on local and regional development challenges and opportunities. New Zealand Geographer, 75, 113-115. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12241

Journal - Research Other

Connelly, S., Nel, E., & Bergen, S. (2019). Evolution of new regional development interventions in New Zealand: An analysis of the first year of the Provincial Growth Fund. New Zealand Geographer, 75, 177-193. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12233

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Nel, E., Connelly, S., & Stevenson, T. (2019). New Zealand's small town transition: The experience of demographic and economic change and place based responses. New Zealand Geographer, 75, 163-176. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12240

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Brown, K., Connelly, S., Lovelock, B., Mainvil, L., Mather, D., Roberts, H., Skeaff, S., & Shephard, K. (2019). Do we teach our students to share and to care? Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 24(4), 462-481. doi: 10.1080/13596748.2019.1654693

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Hill, D., & Connelly, S. (2018). Community energies: Exploring the socio-political spatiality of energy transitions through the Clean Energy for Eternity campaign in New South Wales Australia. Energy Research & Social Science, 36, 138-145. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.11.021

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Haylock, K., & Connelly, S. (2018). Examining the insider/outsider dimensions of local food system planning: Cases from Dunedin and Christchurch New Zealand. Planning Practice & Research, 33(5), 540-557. doi: 10.1080/02697459.2018.1546470

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Lentz, G., Connelly, S., Mirosa, M., & Jowett, T. (2018). Gauging attitudes and behaviours: Meat consumption and potential reduction. Appetite, 127, 230-241. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.04.015

Journal - Research Article

Nel, E., & Connelly, S. (2018). Rural health service delivery challenges in an era of neoliberalism in New Zealand. In G. Halseth, S. Markey & L. Ryser (Eds.), Service provision and rural sustainability: Infrastructure and innovation. (pp. 65-79). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Puketapu-Dentice, K., Connelly, S., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2017). Towards integrating Indigenous culture in urban form. Spatial Justice, 11, 6.

Journal - Research Article

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Restructuring of the New Zealand economy: Global-local links and evidence from the West Coast and Southland regions. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 112-136). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Employment and labor in New Zealand: Recent trends and reflections on developments in the West Coast and Southland regions. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 221-242). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Community responses to restructuring. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 317-335). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Shephard, K., Brown, K., Connelly, S., Hall, M., Harraway, J., Martin, J., Mirosa, M., Payne-Harker, H., Payne-Harker, N., Rock, J., … Stoddard, I. (2017). Empowering students in higher-education to teach and learn. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 52(1), 41-55. doi: 10.1007/s40841-016-0072-x

Journal - Research Article

Jackson, T., Nel, E., & Connelly, S. (2017). Subnational rural governance and development: Case studies of England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In E. Schoburgh & R. Ryan (Eds.), Handbook of research on sub-national governance and development. (pp. 117-149). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1645-3.ch006

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., & Beckie, M. (2016). The dilemma of scaling up local food initiatives: Is social infrastructure the essential ingredient? Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation, 3(2), 49-69. doi: 10.15353/cfs-rcea.v3i2.146

Journal - Research Article

Connelly, S. (2016). Enhancing urban and peri urban food production. In D. Reeves (Ed.), A state of New Zealand report for UN Habitat III. (pp. 42-43). Auckland, New Zealand: Urban Research Network, University of Auckland.

Chapter in Book - Research

Gismondi, M., Connelly, S., Beckie, M., Markey, S., & Roseland, M. (Eds.). (2016). Scaling up: The convergence of social economy and sustainability. Edmonton, Canada: AU Press, 301p. doi: 10.15215/aupress/9781771990219.01

Edited Book - Research

Beckie, M., & Connelly, S. (2016). The role of the social economy in scaling up alternative food initiatives. In M. Gismondi, S. Connelly, M. Beckie, S. Markey & M. Roseland (Eds.), Scaling up: The convergence of social economy and sustainability. (pp. 59-81). Edmonton, Canada: AU Press. doi: 10.15215/aupress/9781771990219.01

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., Gismondi, M., Markey, S., & Roseland, M. (2016). Towards convergence: An exploratory framework. In M. Gismondi, S. Connelly, M. Beckie, S. Markey & M. Roseland (Eds.), Scaling up: The convergence of social economy and sustainability. (pp. 7-26). Edmonton, Canada: AU Press. doi: 10.15215/aupress/9781771990219.01

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Gismondi, M., Connelly, S., Beckie, M., Markey, S., & Roseland, M. (2016). Introduction: Social economics and sustainabilty. In M. Gismondi, S. Connelly, M. Beckie, S. Markey & M. Roseland (Eds.), Scaling up: The convergence of social economy and sustainability. (pp. 1-5). Edmonton, Canada: AU Press. doi: 10.15215/aupress/9781771990219.01

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Gismondi, M., Connelly, S., & Markey, S. (2016). Conclusion: "Social economizing" sustainability. In M. Gismondi, S. Connelly, M. Beckie, S. Markey & M. Roseland (Eds.), Scaling up: The convergence of social economy and sustainability. (pp. 269-295). Edmonton, Canada: AU Press. doi: 10.15215/aupress/9781771990219.01

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., Green, K., Markey, S., & Roseland, M. (2016). Peaks and valleys on the prairies: Optimism and resistance to sustainable community development in Craik, Saskatchewan. In L. Hallström, M. A. Beckie, G. T. Hvenegaard & K. Mündel (Eds.), Sustainability planning and collaboration in rural Canada: Taking the next steps. (pp. 63-88). Edmonton, Canada: University of Alberta Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S. (2014). Local Agenda 21: International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research. (pp. 3670-3673). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_1681

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., Markey, S., & Roseland, M. (2013). We know enough: Achieving action through the convergence of sustainable community development and the social economy. In R. Simpson & M. Zimmerman (Eds.), The economy of green cities: A world compendium on the green urban economy. (pp. 191-203). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-1969-9_17

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., Roseland, M., & Markey, S. (2012). Building community capacity for strategic sustainability. In T. Haas (Ed.), Sustainable urbanism and beyond: Rethinking cities for the future. (pp. 144-148). New York: Rizzoli.

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., Markey, S., & Roseland, M. (2011). Bridging sustainability and the social economy: Achieving community transformation through local food initiatives. Critical Social Policy, 31(2), 308-324. doi: 10.1177/0261018310396040

Journal - Research Article

Connelly, S., Markey, S., & Roseland, M. (2011). Culture and community: Sustainable community planning in the Rolling River First Nation. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 7(2), 14-39.

Journal - Research Article

Hendrickson, D. J., Lindberg, C., Connelly, S., & Roseland, M. (2011). Pushing the envelope: Market mechanisms for sustainable community development. Journal of Urbanism, 4(2), 153-173. doi: 10.1080/17549175.2011.596263

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Markey, S., Connelly, S., & Roseland, M. (2010). 'Back of the envelope': Pragmatic planning for sustainable rural community development. Planning Practice & Research, 25(1), 1-23. doi: 10.1080/02697451003625356

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Connelly, S., & Roseland, M. (2010). Black holes or white knights? Cities and the environment. In T. Bunting, P. Filion & R. Walker (Eds.), Canadian cities in transition: New directions in the twenty-first century. (4th ed.) (pp. 247-261). Oxford University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., Markey, S., & Roseland, M. (2009). Strategic sustainability: Addressing the community infrastructure deficit. Canadian Journal of Urban Research / La Revue canadienne de recherche urbaine, 18(Suppl. 1), 1-23.

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