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Paper Description

This paper explores contemporary issues in the energy policy sector, focusing on the New Zealand context but including both international perspectives and the special issues relating to developing countries. About half of the paper is given as guest seminars by experts in the real world. The emphasis changes from year to year but has concentrated on public and private sector perspectives on energy supply, energy pricing, demand-side management, related policy and emerging technologies, legal issues involving the Resource Management Act (NZ) and developing country issues. These topics are related back to the overarching issue of sustainable development and climate change, to which energy utilisation is fundamentally linked.

The guest seminars are open to the public. Examples of past seminars can be found here.

There are 6 two-hour lectures, and 6 two-hour guest seminars. In addition there are tutorials associated with each guest seminar.

There is no text book for this paper but an extensive reading list is provided.


Research project 40%, guest seminar evaluation 20%, assignments 40%.

Course Coordinator

Associate Professor Michael Jack

Lecture Topics

Energy policy in NZ
Drivers for energy policy
Renewable energy
Global warming
Resource Management Act in NZ
Energy Policy for developing countries

Formal University Information

The following information is from the University’s corporate web site.