Received Sylff fellowship in 2004-2006．
Academic supervisor: Dr. Keith Ridler; Professor Regina Scheyvens; Dr. Sita Venkateswar
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 disciplines, and to apply my research to influence local government and national 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 plastic pollution and consumer plastics and food safety in national and international fora alongside world leaders in marine plastic pollution. More than 200 national and international media outputs suggest that I have something of interest to say about the political ecologies of plastics.
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) and the Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance (APPA). She is the Massey University Association of Social Anthropologists Aotearoa New Zealand (ASAANZ) institutional representative. Dr Farrelly has also been a member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Expert Group and Scientific Advisory Committee (Marine Litter and Microplastics). Her current research includes the political ecologies of plastics, product stewardship, and waste colonialism. Other research interests include community-based development; protected area management; and Indigenous entrepreneurship. Her co-edited book is entitled ‘Plastic Legacies: Pollution, Persistence, and Politics <https://www.aupress.ca/books/120302-plastic-legacies/> ’.