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Coastal People: Southern Skies is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) based at the University of Otago.

The collaboration connects communities with world-leading, cross-disciplinary research to support transformative change to rebuild coastal ecosystems.

Vision and mission

Our vision is flourishing wellness (mauri ora) of coastal communities.

Our mission is to connect, understand and restore coastal ecosystems of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific through transformative research, local action and by unlocking potential through new pathways to learning.

The values that guide our approach are diversity, humility, integrity and respect which allow us to work in true partnership with our proud coastal communities.

Our people

Coastal People: Southern Skies (CPSS) involves researchers from University of Otago, education programmes, government and community partners, University of Auckland, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, University of Canterbury, and Auckland University of Technology.

Professor Anne-Marie Jackson, Professor Chris Hepburn and Professor Rose Richards lead the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration. Find our more at

Postgraduate opportunities

Coastal People: Southern Skies is committed to providing opportunities for postgraduate students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows.

Visit Coastal People: Southern Skies opportunities for upcoming scholarships, eligibility, guidelines and application forms.

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