Dr. Trisia Farrelly
Dr. Sy Taffel
Sy also makes documentary/activist films, including for environmental groups such as the Environment Network Manawatu and Carrying Our Future.
Prof. Glenn Banks
Dr. Nicholas Holm
Lisa is the administrator for PERC. She is a Masters student in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University. Supervised by Sy Taffel and Trisia Farrelly, her research explores waste (both human and non-human) in the supply chain for her Apple laptop. Lisa has published in Continuum journal.
Dr. Sita Venkateswar
Dr. Ingrid Horrocks
Dr. Corrina Tucker
Dr. Philip Steer
Alex De Vries
Dr. Karen Hytten
For Thomas, political ecology has strong potential as an integrative framework for interdisciplinary environmental research. His Masters thesis focused on the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Colombia. Thomas has previously researched and published on the debates around bisphenol-A in New Zealand, an estrogen mimicking chemical found in many common plastics which likely causes a range of negative human and environmental health effects, yet remains largely unregulated. He has also conducted exploratory work for an interdisciplinary research project on on-farm biodiversity in New Zealand. This work regularly overlaps with perspectives from Science and Technology Studies.
Thomas would be very keen to make connections with researchers working in similar fields.
These experiences illustrate the need for context to be considered in whether individuals have the ability to put their values into action. Fraser attempts to contribute to a body of work that contends that ‘sustainability’ cannot simply be the result of individual action and responsibility – systemic change must be foremost. Furthermore, rigid conceptions of ethical ‘success’ or ‘failure’ do not account for the attempts of individuals, with diverse backgrounds and world views, to lead better lives in constrained circumstances. Ecologically ethical living at an individual level is better understood as a progressive movement towards an ideal, rather than succeeding or failing in specific instances.