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I am committed to practices that improve the learning and response capacity of organisations, groups and communities to the global, national and local environmental challenges they face.
I run my own consultancy providing social research, facilitation and evaluation expertise into environmental management initiatives and research programmes. I also actively support the linkage of biophysical and social science relationships through advice, mentoring and the development of interdisciplinary networks.
Specialist areas of work that I stay up-to-date on include:
- Integrating different knowledge within complex decision-making settings
- Building capacity for collective learning
- Communication & engagement on natural hazard risk
- Collaborative governance
- Managing the interface between research and practice in environmental management
From an original background in ecology and natural resource management I developed an interest and expertise in collaboration, communication and learning systems. Before starting my independent consultancy I worked for Landcare Research (1997 – 2010). I have a PhD in social learning and environmental management (a copy is hosted online at the site learningforsustainability.net)
I have worked in this area for over 20 years across a range of issues including resource use efficiency, biodiversity, catchment management and natural hazard management. Clients include regional councils, central government agencies and research institutes.