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Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law

The Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law comprises individual, disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative projects on the law, policy and practice relating to natural resources and the environment within Aotearoa New Zealand. These projects are grouped around the common goal of amplifying Otago’s voice on the national and international stage to influence policy formation and development of law. This translational research is specifically focused on exploring issues relating to: climate change, energy, water, fisheries, marine mammals, the conservation estate, flora and fauna, minerals, and the built environment.

Overview of the Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law
Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law projects
Researchers involved in the Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law
Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law Newsletters
Co-ordinator’s contact details

Overview of the Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law

Established in 2008, the research cluster brings together some of the University of Otago’s leading researchers from the Divisions of Humanities, Sciences and Commerce.

A central goal for the research cluster is to generate research that has real value for New Zealanders, including, for example, government, nga iwi Māori and local communities. If your group is interested in meeting with us to discuss opportunities for collaborative research, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law projects

The research interests of the University of Otago’s Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law fall into four distinct areas: water, conservation estate, protecting marine animals and ecoside. These areas form the basis of the cluster’s projects.

Water Project
Conservation Project
Protecting Marine Animals Project
Ecocide Project

Researchers involved in the Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law

Visit the Division of Humanities website for a list of cluster researchers. 

The cluster’s first newsletter includes introductions to the key staff involved. Download the first newsletter, which includes staff introductions (PDF, 3.2MB)

Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law Newsletters

Newsletter #1, 2009: Introducing our Members (PDF, 3.2MB)
Newsletter #2, 2009: Profiling the Future of Public Conservation Lands & Water Symposium (PDF, 291KB)
Newsletter #3, May 2010: Following the Protecting Marine Animals Symposium (PDF, 283KB<)/p>

Co-ordinators' contact details

Jacinta Ruru & Nicola Wheen
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law
Te Whare Wananga o Otago / University of Otago
Otepoti / Dunedin
Email jacinta.ruru@otago.ac.nz, nicola.wheen@otago.ac.nz/