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Current Research + Publications

SoLA's research is highly regarded, with the School receiving the top research ranking among New Zealand's design programmes.

Current Research + Publications

SoLA's research is highly regarded, with the School receiving the top research ranking among New Zealand's design programmes.

Published research

Our staff are active researchers who tackle the important topics that impact our lives and our environment. Here is a list of our current published research:
 
Abbott, M. (2015) Practices of the Wild: A Rewilding of Landscape Architecture. LA Plus Journal.
Abbott, M. (2015). It’s in our nature: conservation, landscape, architecture. In On the edge: design investigations in the New Zealand landscape (pp. 8-11). Victoria University Wellington.
Abbott, M. (2013) Visualising a Temporal Cartography of Travel. In Geospatial Visualisation (pp. 3-17). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Abbott, M. (2013) Identifying Transition Capacity for Agri-food Regimes: Application of the Multi-level Perspective for Strategic Mapping. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 1-21.  
Abbott, M. (2014) Punakaiki Living Lab Research Project. Design and report for Rio Tinto, Conservation Volunteers NZ and Department of Conservation. (20pp)
Abbott, M., Blackburne, K., Edwards, R., Dollery, R., Dickinson, N. (2014) Ngai Tahu Dairy Eyrewell Research Project. Design and report for Ngai Tahu Farming (54pp)
Abbott, M., Blackburne, K., Murphy, C., Bowring, J. (2014) Eden Project New Zealand Research. Design and Report for Mountains to Sea Trust and Eden Project Cornwall UK (22pp)
Abbott, M., Blackburne, K., Murphy, C., Bowring, J. (2015) Living Water Research. Design and Report for Fonterra, Department of Conservation and Waihora Ellesmere Trust (15pp)
Abbott, M., Blackburne, K. (2015) Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu Research Social Housing Research. Design and Report for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Social Housing (15pp)
Abbott, M., Bowring, J. (2014) Design as method: the strengths of a lab-based approach in landscape architecture research. ECLAS Conference 2014: Landscape: A Place of Cultivation, Porto, Portugal, August 
Abbott, M., Lockrey, S., Verghese, K., Walton E. (2013) Reducing environmental impacts at Antarctica NZ’s Scott Base. In Strategic Science in Antarctica, a joint Australian and New Zealand conference, Hobart, Australia, 24 – 26 June.
Barthelmeh, M. (2013) A Profile of the Profession of Landscape Architecture in New Zealand. Journal of Chinese Landscape Architecture, Vol 29:205:01 pp 5-8
Barthelmeh, M. (2013) Landscape Architects and Landscape Policy in New Zealand. Landscape SA (South Africa), Jan/Feb, 51: 4-6
Barthelmeh, M. (2013) 3D Modelling in Landscape Practice. Environment and Landscape Architecture, ELA Environment & Landscape Architecture 02 Feb, 298: 28-31
Barthelmeh, M., Davis, S. Pocock, C., O’Connor, K. (2011) Carbon and Environmental Profiling of Hard Landscape Materials. LEaP Research Report No. 22
Barthelmeh, M., and McWilliam, W. (2015). The role of green infrastructure in the sustainable city: a vision for Singapore. City Green (10). CUGE Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology.
Bowring, J. (2015). Icarus at the Airport (Tom Taylor Sculpture).  Landscape Architecture New Zealand, 25, Autumn, p.48
Bowring, J. (2014) On Loanwords and Calques: the Appropriation and Replication of Geomorphological Features in Gardens. Invited to present at Gardens at the Frontier: New Perspectives on Garden History Symposium, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand
Bowring, J. (2014) Looking Backward: How the legacy of Christchurch’s past is playing a role in its future. Keynote presentation, UHPH_14: Landscapes and ecologies of urban and planning history, 12th conference of the Australasian Urban History / Planning History Group, VUW, Wellington
Bowring, J. (2014). Where is Women’s Position in the Landscape Architecture Profession? Chinese Landscape Architecture,2014(10):83-85
Bowring, J. (2014). Stone silence (Witch Hill Monument). Landscape Architecture New Zealand,  22, Winter, p. 48
Bowring, J. (2013). Broken Time (Victoria St Clock Tower). Landscape Architecture New Zealand, 18, Winter, p. 48.
Bowring, J. (2013). Time and Tide (Pine Mound, Christchurch Botanic Gardens). Landscape Architecture New Zealand, 19, Spring, p.48
Bowring, J. (2013) Head and Heart: Remembering and Resilience in the Ruins of Christchurch. International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress, Auckland
Bowring, J. (2013) Melancholy, Memories, and Six Nostalgias: Postquake Christchurch and the Problems of Recalling the Past. Change Over Time, Pennsylvania University Press
Bowring, J. Swaffield, S. (2013) Shifting Landscapes in Between Times. Harvard Design Magazine, 36: 96-105
Coghlan, S., Balzarova, M., McWilliam, W., Haas, R. (in press) Evaluation of voluntary agro-environmental schemes adopted by the dairy industry in Canterbury, New Zealand. OeGA Journal.
Copley N,. Bowring J,. Abbott M (2015). Thinking ahead: Design-directed research in a city which experienced fifty years of sea level change overnight. Journal of Landscape Architecture. 10(2):70-81 2015 (Journal article)
Hackenberg, K., Leyser-Droste, M., Wesener, A., Wiegandt, C. (2014) Öffentliches Bauen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Governance und Repräsentation: Der baukulturelle Umgang mit Rathäusern in Deutschland. Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde, 88(1), 39-61.
Hoversten, M., Swaffield, S.  (2014) Mid-Career Doctoral Education: A Reflective Account. In Ming-Han Li, Hyun Woo Kim (eds) Landscape, City, and Community CELA 2014 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings Baltimore, Maryland USA March 26-29, 2014. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture www.thecela.org. p65
Liu, J. Hall, V., Moran, E., Nagendra, H., Swaffield, S., Turner, B. (2014) Applications of the Telecoupling Framework to Land Change Science. In Seto KC & Reenberg A [eds] Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era MIT Press Cambridge Mass pp 119-140
McWilliam, W., Brown, R., Eagles, P., Seasons, M. (2015) Evaluation of planning policy effectiveness for protecting green infrastructure ecosystem services from loss and degradation due to residential encroachment. Land Use Policy.
McWilliam, W., Eagles, P., Seasons, M., Brown, R. (2013). Barriers to the effective planning and management of residential encroachment within urban forest edges: a Southern Ontario case study. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.
Meurk, C., Sullivan, J., McWilliam, W. (in press) Vegetation history and dynamics in New Zealand – Future scenarios and improving the trajectories towards natural patterns. In. Box, E. (Ed.) Vegetation Structure and Function at Multiple Spatial, Temporal and Conceptual Scales. Springer-Verlag.
Morrissey J.E., Mirosa, M., Abbott, M. (2014) Identifying Transition Capacity for Agri-food Regimes: Application of the Multi-level Perspective for Strategic Mapping. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 16(2):281-301 2014
Opdam, P., Nassauer, J. Wang, Z., Albert, C., Bentrup, G., Castella, J., McAlpine, C., Liu, J., Sheppard, M., Swaffield, S. (2013) Science for action at the local landscape scale. Landscape Ecology, 28(8) 1439-1445.
Primdahl, J. Andersen, E., Swaffield, S., Kristensen, L. (2013) The intersecting dynamics of agricultural structural change and urbanisation within European rural landscapes – change patterns and policy implications. Landscape Research 30(6) pp799-817
Primdahl, J., Søderkvist Kristensen, L., Swaffield, S. (2013) Current policy approaches and potentials of landscape strategy making as a policy integrating approach. Applied Geography 42:86-94
Roberts, L.; Brower, A.; Kerr, G.; Lambert, S.; McWilliam, W.; Moore, K.; Quinn, J.; Simmons, D.; Thrush, S.; Townsend, M.; Blaschke, P.; Costanza, R.; Cullen, R.; Hughey, K.; Wratten, S. (2015) The nature of wellbeing: how nature’s ecosystem services contribute to the wellbeing of New Zealand and New Zealanders. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 145 p.
Spicer, S., Swaffield, S., Fairweather, J., Moore, K. (2014) Environmental regulation, decision networks and land change: a Taupo, New Zealand case. In Global Land Project (eds.), 2014. Proceedings of the Global Land Project 2nd Open Science Meeting, Berlin, March 19-21, 2014. Amsterdam/Berlin/Sao Paulo. pp.79-80.
Swaffield, S., Primdahl, J., Hoversten, M. (2013) Discursive Relationships Between Landscape Science, Policy and Management Practice: Concepts, Issues and Examples. pp225-248 in B. Fu and K. B. Jones (eds.), Landscape Ecology for Sustainable Environment and Culture, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Swaffield, S. (2014) Peri-urban landscape transitions and green infrastructure. Presented to Life on the Edge: Managing our Rural/Urban Fringe Environments, EIANZ symposium, 14 March 2014, Novatel, Christchurch.
Swaffield, S. (2014) Shaping our Future Discipline In Landscape Architecture Tomorrow. Proceedings of International Forum, Tsinghua University and Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture, Beijing 8-9th Oct 2013  pp12-17
Swaffield, S. (2014) Sustainability Practices in New Zealand Agricultural Landscapes under an open market policy regime. Landscape Research 39[2] 190-204
Swaffield, S. (2013) Empowering landscape ecology-connecting science to governance through design values. Landscape Ecology 28:1193–1201
Swaffield, S.  (2013) Place, Culture and Landscape after the Christchurch Earthquake. In Sykes H Space Place and Culture, Future Leaders Australia pp144-172
Swaffield, S., McWilliam, W. (2013) Landscape aesthetic experience and ecosystem services. In J.R. Dymond (Ed.) Ecosystem Services in New Zealand: Conditions and Trends. Manaaki Whenua Press: Lincoln, New Zealand pp349-362
Swaffield, S.,Primdahl J. [Eds] (2014) Pathways towards local scale policy integration in agricultural landscapes. Special Issue Landscape Research 39[2] pp. 217
Tavares, S., Swaffield, S., Stewart, E. (2014) A Combined Methodology for Investigating Urban Comfort in a City Undergoing Post Disaster Transitions. In Ming-Han Li, Hyun Woo Kim (eds) Landscape, City, and Community CELA 2014 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings Baltimore, Maryland USA March 26-29, 2014. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture www.thecela.org. p253
Tavares, S., Swaffield, S., Stewart, E. (2013) Sustainability, Microclimate and culture in post-earthquake Christchurch. In Davies R & Menzies D (eds) IFLA50 Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change: Proceedings of the 50th IFLA World Congress, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland New Zealand 10-12th April 2013, pp 347-354
Tavares, S., Swaffield, S., Stewart, E. (2013) The Socio-cultural Meaning of Urban Comfort and Its Consequences for Urban Landscape Design. In Li, M-H (ed) Space/Time:Place/Duration: Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Meeting, Austin Texas March 27-30, pp 230
Wesener, A. (2014) The Good, the Bad, the Authentic:  An evaluation of concepts, experiences, and considered values of authenticity of place in the context of the post-industrial city. Bauhaus Urban Studies, Band 5, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Wesener, A. (2013) Schöne neue Stadt. Bauwelt 104/34, pp: 6-8.

Symposiums and Conferences

Abbott, M., (2014) The Product of Landscape’s Phenomenological Turn: Designing an Experience of Nature. ECLAS Conference 2014: Landscape: A Place of  Cultivation, Porto, Portugal
Abbott, M., (2013) Design and innovation in our public conservation lands. In Design for Conservation Symposium and Workshop, Lincoln University, Christchurch
Abbott, M. (2013). Leveraging social and economic value from restoration projects. In Ecological restoration:  how do we contribute togetherworkshop, Royal Society, Wellington, 12 June.
Abbott, M. (2013). From Poverty to Plenty. In Being Here: creative conversations with the landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand. Research Symposium, Lincoln University, Christchurch, 25 Oct.
Abbott, M. (2013). Wandering, Wilderness and Innovation. In Moving in extreme environments international research symposium, University of Otago, Dunedin NZ, 7-9 Feb.
Abbott, M., Lockrey, S., Verghese, K. & Walton, E. (2013). Reducing environmental impacts at Antarctica NZ’s Scott Base. In Strategic Science in Antarctica, a joint Australian and New Zealand conference, Hobart, Australia, 24 – 26 June.
Bowring J., C. Murphy & M. Abbott (2015) Strange generation: Doing the phenomenological within a disrupted urban thing. The Urban Thing Interstices Conference, Auckland University of Technology, 10-12 April
Boyes, M. & Abbott, M. (2013). The outdoor body in time. In Sixth International Outdoor Education Research Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin NZ, 25-29 Nov.
Boyer S., Abbott M., Bowie M.H.,Dickinson N.M., Hahner J. Rhodes S.H., Sharp D., Smith C.M.,(2014) The Punakaiki Living Lab: A case study for a consultative and multidisciplinary approach in restoring a mining closure site, West Coast, New Zealand. Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia Meeting (SERA) in Nouméa, New Caledonia
Balzarova, M., Coghlan, S., McWilliam, W., Haas, R. (2014) Evaluation of voluntary agro-environmental schemes adopted by dairy industry in Canterbury, New Zealand. 24th Annual Conference of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, 25 Sep 2014 - 26 Sep 2014. 1-2. 2014
Brown, R.D., McWilliam, W., Vanos, J. (2015) The value of biodiversity in ameliorating global climate change and urban heat island intensification. 3rd GPSS-GPL International Symposium. How can we build “kizuna” for sustainability? An ecological perspective. 19th-20th January, University of Tokyo.
Coghan, S., Balzarova, M., McWilliam, W., Haas, R. (2014) Evaluation of voluntary agro-environmental schemes adopted by dairy industry in Canterbury, New Zealand. 24th annual meeting of Austrian Society for Agricultural Economy (Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Agrarökonomik), 25-26th September, Vienna.
Coghlan, S, Balzarova, M. McWilliam, W. and Haas, R. (2014) Lifting the veil of voluntary management standards – what is underneath? A case of dairy farming in Canterbury. Annual Conference of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, 29- 31st October, Hobart, Tasmania
Fukuda, Y., McWilliam, W., Möller, H. (2015) Farmer values and attitudes regarding the retention and restoration of woody vegetation on dairy pastoral farms. 9th IALE World Congress, 5th-10th July, Portland, Oregon.
McDonagh J,. Bowring, J., Perkins, H. (2014) What now? The post disaster experiences of small inner city retail businesses. Pacific Rim Real Estate Society 20th Annual Conference Lincoln University, New Zealand, 19 Jan 2014 - 22 Jan 2014. 1-17.
McWilliam, W. (2014) Does green infrastructure protect ecosystem services from environmental change for the long term? Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA) Green and Sustainable Cities: the Role of Landscape Architecture Workshop, Uppsala, Sweden.
McWilliam, W., Barthelmeh, M. (2014) The blue-green infrastructure of Singapore. A workshop for the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology, Singapore.
McWilliam, W., Eagles, P., Seasons, M., Brown, R. (2013) Barriers to the effective planning and management of residential encroachment within urban woodland edges: a Southern Ontario case study. NZES Conference, Auckland. 
Swaffield, S., McWilliam, W., (2015) Farmer agribusiness cooperatives as corporate agents in landscape management in New Zealand. 9th IALE World Congress, 5th-10th July, Portland, Oregon.
Swaffield, S. (2014) Co-Convenor: Linking place-based land science with process-based global change research. Session No. 86a: (Chairs: Peter Messerli, Simon Swaffield, Adrienne Grêt-Regamey) Global Land Project 2nd Open Science Meeting, Berlin, March 19-21,
Swaffield, S. (2013) Co-Convenor: Integrated local landscape management in a globalised world: practices and pathways. Symposium at IALE Europe 3013 Congress: Changing European Landscapes: Landscape ecology, local to global Manchester University, UK. 9-12

Awards and Affiliations

Mike Barthelmeh: Lincoln University Principal award for Excellence in Teaching (2014), LUSA ‘Green Award’ for Excellence in Teaching (2013), NZILA Research Distinction Award: Carbon and Environment Profiling of Hard Landscape Materials (2013) NZILA Sustainability Award of Excellence Landscape Planning Category: Carbon and Environment Profiling of Hard Landscape Materials (2013)
Jacky Bowring: Lincoln University Award of Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision
Shona Mardle: LUSA Award for Support Excellence

Community Engagement

Mick Abbott: Chair of Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board, Lincoln University leader of collaborative “Three Brothers” research project with Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Kunming University of Science and Technology (Kunming Province, China), regular columnist for NZ Wilderness Magazine (ongoing)
Mike Barthelmeh:  Inaugural visiting Professor, Inner Mongolia, Agricultural University, Hohhot (2013)
Don Royds: Co-ordinator for ‘Places of Tranquility’ project, with Greening the Rubble and Healthy Christchurch (2014), Co-ordinator of Smile Dial Sensory Garden project in the Botanic Gardens (2014) Work with Linwood College: STEM: Outdoor research for productive classrooms (2014)
Jacky Bowring: Design jury member for a number of competitions including Design for Conservation (2013); Peterborough Village International Design Competition (2013); Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Awards (North America) (2013). Organiser of the 2013 IFLA International Student Design Competition (2013). Member of the design jury/evaluation panel for the selection of the design Canterbury Earthquake Memorial (2015)