Trisia Farrelly*

Massey University

Received Sylff fellowship in 2004-2006.
Academic supervisor: Dr. Keith Ridler; Professor Regina Scheyvens; Dr. Sita Venketeswar 

I am an environmental anthropologist and political ecologist.  Political ecology necessitates a multidisciplinary focus on socio-environmental conflicts as well as community engagement and application. Consequently, my expertise in this field has led me to apply my research in teaching and supporting research across the Colleges, and to apply my research to influencing national and local government and international policy in response to some of New Zealand’s pressing waste management challenges.  My research has led to invitations to regularly speak about consumer plastics and food safety in national public forums and international conferences and workshops alongside world leaders in marine plastic pollution. More than 200 national and international media outputs indicate that I have something of interest to say to the public regarding the political ecologies of plastic waste.

Dr. Farrelly  is the Co-director of Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre, a co-founder and Trustee of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council (NZPSC), the Massey University Association of Social Anthropologists Aotearoa New Zealand (ASAANZ) Representative, and sits on two editorial boards: Sitesand the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research.  Current research includes political ecologies of plastic production, consumption, and disposal; hazardous plastics; and social license to operate (marine industries); political ecologies of waste management; and qualitative methodologies (including action research, critical discourse analysis, and collective memory work).   Other research interests include community-based development; protected area management; and Indigenous entrepreneurship.

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