people+science Ltd.

people+science is a consultancy (est. 2015) specialising in projects that sit at the interface between science, the public and the environment.

I have spent many years working, travelling and studying around the globe both in busy urban centres and in remote locations. My interest in the environment and the way we manage it has been an ongoing theme throughout my life. Over the years, I have gained greater insight into the complexity of the world we live in and the need for multifaceted approaches to enhance the resilience of our environment and to help communities thrive.

As Director, I bring many skills to the table:

  • Mixed method social research design and analysis
  • Project/programme evaluation and social impact assessments
  • Grassroots environmental restoration
  • Co-design processes for environmental management
  • Citizen science strategy, design and delivery
  • Science and technical writing
  • Organisational governance
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Event management and public speaking

Selected achievements 2015-2022*

Co-authorship of Life in the Shallows: The wetlands of Aotearoa New Zealand (Massey University Press, 2022)

Research to determine the Impact of DOC funding for Community Conservation Hubs (Client: DOC 2020 – 2022)

Board member of New Zealand’s longest running and largest independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird NZ (2019 – 2022) and co-production of the Te Ao Māori Policy and Kaupapa Māori Strategy (2021 – 2022)

Development of Pūkorokoro – Miranda Living Water Social Impact Assessment Methodology (through Groundwork and Associates, 2020)

Research into Volunteer Incentives to Foster Long-term Engagement in the Litter Intelligence Program (Client: Sustainable Coastlines, 2020)

Recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship to Investigate Citizen Science Projects and Programs, Funding Structures and Enabling Policies in Singapore and Europe (2019)

Design and co-delivery of the MfE funded Citizen Science Meets Environmental Restoration Project (Client: NZ Landcare Trust, 2015 – 2018)

Development of the Biodiversity Monitoring Guide for Auckland Community Groups in partnership with Groundtruth Associates and Papawera Geological (Client: Auckland Council, 2018)

Co-development of a Citizen Science Framework (Client: Waikato Regional Council, 2018)