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Jim Sinner

Senior Scientist – Policy and Planning


  • MSc (Agriculture and Resource Economics). Cornell University, 1986
  • BA. Harvard University, 1981

Role at Cawthron

Jim Sinner is a Senior Scientist in the Coastal and Freshwater Group at Cawthron, and Science Leader for Social Science. Jim's main areas of work are freshwater and coastal management and marine biosecurity, and he has also worked on climate change, trade policy and fisheries management. For a 6-year research project on Values, Monitoring and Outcomes, Jim and his co-researchers are exploring how "value" is perceived, constructed and negotiated in freshwater management, including through collaborative processes.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Water management
  • Marine biosecurity
  • Leadership of research projects on sustainable development concepts and principles, focusing on collaborative governance and market-based instruments

Professional affiliations

  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
  • New Zealand Association of Resource Management

Conference papers and presentations

Sinner J, Roberts B, Piola R 2009. Pride of the south: risk analysis for marine biosecurity in Fiordland. In: Annual Conference of the New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Nelson, New Zealand.

Sinner J, Scherzer J 2007. The public interest in resource rent. Connections 2007.

Baines J, Sinner J 2007. Stakeholders and evaluative integration: opportunities and incentives to integrate knowledge – some converging threads. Paper presented to annual conference of International Association of Impact Assessment.

Sinner J, Crengle H 2006. Improving market-based instruments through roleplaying-games: Nitrate trading in New Zealand. Paper presented at the Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Change. Berlin, 17-18 November 2006.

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Publication links

+64 3 548 2319 ext 208