Alison Greenaway

MA (First Class), Auckland University (Development Studies)

Social researcher

Landcare Research


Alison’s research interests include: Co-production of knowledge; Deliberative democracy; Managing invasive species; Climate change governance; Community development through biodiversity; Sustainable urban development.

Alison has been involved in a NZ Climate Change Centre initiative to ignite social knowledge around climate change. Alison is also documenting how people and organisations are making sense of and responding to climate change in New Zealand, and fostering dialogue on climate change through social media. She has explored how the Auckland Spatial Plan takes account of significant future changes, with attention to how such changes as climate change, population change, peak oil and food security issues are (or are not) addressed.

She was a member of the Low Impact Urban Design and Development team where change management was recognised as an integral part of implementation. Examples of change in NZ councils were documented with the aim of helping end-users adopt the research findings with the minimum transition costs.

Alison has been involved with formative, process and impact evaluations for the Ministry of Health, Housing New Zealand and Auckland Regional Council. She has also assisted in the development of a community engagement strategy for Metro Water and worked on a number of social infrastructure projects, including the development of the Mt Albert Recreation Precinct and Mt Roskill Migrant Services Centre.

Alison helped establish The Evaluating Sustainability Network, an informal network of professionals with an interest in evaluation of environmental / sustainability projects, associated with Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association.

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Moving beyond “mitigation and adaptation”: Examining climate change responses in New ZealandLocal Environment 2014, 19:7, 767–785
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Collaborative and matauranga Maori inspired urban planningCommission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) Journal - Policy Matters (Special Edition), 2011
Climate change policy and practice in regional New Zealand: how are actors negotiating science and policy?New Zealand Geographer, 2009, 65:101-117
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Turning the super tanker: beyond ethnography into collaborative learning approaches to urban environmental managementSites: a Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 2006, 3(2):80-98
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Meta-analysing community action projects in Aotearoa New ZealandCommunity Development Journal, 2006, 41:143-159