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Sustainable society & policy
- Activating water-sensitive urban design for healthy resilient communities
- BEST: Biodiversity and ecosystems services for resource management
- Cities, settlements & communities
- Environmental Perceptions Survey
- Evidence empowering impact
- Garden Birds: The science behind the survey
- Freshwater values, monitoring and outcomes
- Moving the middle
- New Zealand Colony Loss Survey
- Responding to COVID-19
- Social Licence to Operate Framework
- Survey of Rural Decision Makers
Past research has often assumed the problem of slow or incomplete uptake is an ‘information deficit’ and focused on either influencing land managers who are unwilling to change or understanding why those who proactively lead change act this way. This research will investigate the systemic aspects of agricultural land management and its impacts, focusing on the majority of land managers ‘in the middle’ who are willing to make necessary changes but are constrained by the systems surrounding them (e.g. finance, policy).
Our social science research innovates and tests the behavioural triggers to help enable the middle cadre of rural land managers to proactively respond to the multiple environmental, market, and societal challenges they face. We partner with Crown Research Institutes, universities, government, and industry to research the agency of rural land managers, the systems surrounding them, and the influence of (a) public and private narratives; (b) debt loading and investment practices; (c) policy signals and perceptions; and (d) traditional and new agents of change in empowering rural land managers to respond proactively.