Department of Environmental Management

Facilitate sustainability and the governance and management of our environment.

With a comprehensive suite of programmes, accredited options and inter-disciplinary staff, this department offers environmental qualifications that will enable you to make a real difference.

Its cutting-edge research and teaching aims to understand how we can interact with our environment sustainably. This involves examining the governance and management needed to collectively address pressing problems like climate change, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.

Our environmental management programme, established in 1973, is the longest-running in Aotearoa New Zealand. Over nearly half a century, this department has built a highly-regarded legacy of research and teaching in environmental policy, planning and management.

We are recognised internationally for our long-standing commitment and innovation in interdisciplinary research and teaching. The expertise of department staff spans geography, Māori and Indigenous studies, planning, economics, political studies, ecology, and engineering.

Graduates of our programmes are in high demand and there's a growing number of jobs available in environmental policy, planning and management.

Our alumni are employed across central and local government, Māori organisations, the private and non-governmental sectors, and in international organisations.

We have strong networks and partnerships with the many institutions and organisations involved in environmental management in Aotearoa New Zealand, and some of our degrees were among the first to be accredited by professional organisations.

Key themes for the department

  • Māori policy, planning and management
  • Environmental policy, planning and management
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Marine and coasts
  • Disaster risk and resilience
  • Cities, energy and transport.

Study programmes

Our key academic programmes include: 

Research centres


Associate Professor Hamish Rennie - Head of Department

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design

+64 03 423 0437