Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Marc Tadaki

Postdoctoral Researcher – Policy and Planning


  • PhD Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2018 (completed, to be conferred in 2019)
  • MSc Geography, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2012
  • BSc Geography, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2010
  • BA Economics and Film Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2010

Role at Cawthron

Marc is an environmental social scientist interested in understanding how science and governance arrangements can work together to secure just and sustainable outcomes. His research focusses on 1) understanding how environmental science both reflects and shapes societal values, 2) advancing theory and practice of environmental governance, and 3) critical analysis of New Zealand’s resource management system.

Marc draws from a range of theoretical traditions in the social sciences, including environmental geography, political ecology, environmental sociology, planning, and critical policy studies, as well as interdisciplinary fields like sustainability science and ecological economics.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  •  Collaborative environmental governance
  •  Freshwater policy and planning
  •  Environmental valuation
  •  Power dynamics in environmental management
  •  Applying environmental science in decision making
  •  New Zealand’s resource management system
  •  Qualitative social science methods including interviewing, participant observation (ethnography), and discourse analysis
  •  Literature and policy reviews

Professional affiliations

  •  New Zealand Geographical Society


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