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Faculty of Environment Society and Design

The Faculty of Environment, Society and Design teaches a wide range of disciplines, including environmental management, landscape architecture and tourism.

Faculty of Environment Society and Design

The Faculty of Environment, Society and Design teaches a wide range of disciplines, including environmental management, landscape architecture and tourism.

The Faculty of Environment, Society and Design is focused on how humanity takes care of the land, water and people, as encapsulated by the Māori value of Kaitiakitaka.


This is achieved through designing, planning and managing, through consideration of activities that produce wellbeing, and above all, ensuring thinking critically about the impact of everything that society does.


Staff have strong connections with a range of external stakeholders, in particular the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) who accredit several of the faculty degrees in planning and landscape architecture. Additionally, all of the faculty’s degrees draw on trained professionals for industry expertise from organisations such as the Department of Conservation, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Recreation Aotearoa and the New Zealand Parks Agencies Managers’ Group. Staff also consult regularly with professionals through advisory boards working in natural disaster management, water management and computer science.


The faculty has pioneered and maintained collaborative innovative degrees through teaching partnerships that draw on the expertise of Lincoln University and partner universities (the University of Canterbury and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)).


All of the faculty’s teaching programmes draw on ground-breaking and influential research which spans diverse disciplines including geography, sociology, psychology, exercise science, computer science, Māori studies and engineering and have achieved international rankings in leisure and hospitality and sport science. Postgraduate student supervision is one of the Faculty's key strengths and increasingly, graduating students are carrying their research through to formal refereed publication.


The Faculty is made up of two departments and one school


• Department of Environmental Management
• Department of Tourism, Sport and Society
• School of Landscape Architecture.



There are two research centres aligned with the Faculty


• The Centre for Land, Environment and People
• The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management (in conjunction with the University of Canterbury).



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{Roslyn Kerr}