The Centre for Sustainability is an interdisciplinary research centre working on local and global sustainability challenges.

Our research covers the interrelated streams of Food & Agriculture, Environment and People, and Energy.

We collaborate closely with our stakeholders, who include communities, iwi, industry and government agencies. For many projects, we form teams with other researchers from across New Zealand and internationally.

We generate high-quality research, both practical as well as theoretical. Our research informs choices, adaptations and transformations in both policy and practice to enhance social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing.

We believe that complex social-environmental issues can best be addressed by valuing local and traditional knowledge, complementing knowledge generated by scientists and social scientists.

For further information visit http://www.otago.ac.nz/csafe/.

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Recent Deposits

  • Dunedin Energy Study 2018-19 

    Cook, Felix; Stephenson, Janet; Jack, Michael
    The Dunedin Energy Study is a joint annual research project between the Dunedin City Council (DCC) and the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. This study takes stock of, and analyses energy inputs into ...
  • Rural Areas within Twenty Territorial Local Authorities, Compared 

    Pomeroy, Ann
    This is the fourth report in a series sponsored by the Taranaki Bishop’s Action Foundation (BAF). The series aims to build understanding of the changes occurring in rural in New Zealand, with particular attention to the ...
  • Electric vehicle uptake in Dunedin 2018 

    Stephenson, Janet; Dortans, Carsten
    Analysis of the Ministry of Transport’s vehicle fleet statistics shows that Dunedin has the high-est penetration of electric vehicles (EVs) of New Zealand’s main cities as at the end of 2018. Dunedin has the largest ...
  • Dunedin Household Energy Study 

    Stephenson, Janet; Brown, Casey; McDonald, Hannah
    The study, undertaken for the Dunedin City Council, interviewed 19 Dunedin households about their household behavior, decision-making and aspirations with regards their heating and transport choices. The households represented ...
  • Climate change and behaviour change : empowering youth action through narrative 

    Ryan, Guy
    This thesis is a review of the literature spanning multiple disciplines to provide an overview of climate change science in the global and New Zealand context, its implications, and a context for action amongst young New ...
  • Engaging with communities for climate change adaptation: Introducing Community Development for Adaptation 

    Stephenson, Janet; Barth, Jule; Bond, Sophie; Diprose, Gradon; Orchiston, Caroline; Simon, Katy; Thomas, Amanda
    Many of New Zealand’s urban settlements are likely to be impacted by climate-induced hazards such as sea level rise, coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels, and some are already being affected. These ...
  • Electric vehicle uptake in Dunedin 2019 

    Stephenson, Janet; Cook, Felix
    A study using the Ministry of Transport’s fleet vehicle statistics found that Dunedin had the highest penetration of electric vehicles (EVs) of New Zealand’s main cities at the end of 2018 (Dortans and Stephenson 2019). ...
  • Reducing GHGs on farms 

    Hamill, Britta; Stephenson, Janet
    The purpose of this report is to provide a high-level summary of the current options that are available to New Zealand livestock farmers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases include biological emissions ...
  • Climate, Diseases, and the Origins of Corruption 

    Vu, Trung V.
    It has been commonly observed that tropical countries typically suffer from intense corruption and underdevelopment. I offer an explanation for this long-standing disparity across the world based on variation in the intensity ...
  • NZ GREEN Grid Household Electricity Demand Data EECA Data Processing (Part A) Report v1.0 

    Anderson, Ben
    This report uses the full New Zealand GREEN Grid household electricity demand study research data to test the feasibility of multi-year data analysis beyond the single year made possible by the public available data ...
  • NZ GREEN Grid Household Electricity Demand Data: EECA Data Analysis (Part B) Report v2.1 

    Dortans, Carsten; Anderson, Ben; Jack, Michael
    This report uses the GREEN Grid project research data to analyse a variety of residential household appliances and their contribution to peak demand under several scenarios. Although the data does not derive from a ...
  • NZ GREEN Grid Household Electricity Demand Data: EECA Data Analysis (Part C) Upscaling Advice Report v1.0 

    Anderson, Ben
    This report introduces three potential upscaling methods which can be used to produce national level demand estimates from the GREEN Grid household electricity demand data. The first is a simple multiplication method used ...
  • Engaging with communities for climate change adaptation: introducing Community Development for Adaptation 

    Stephenson, Janet; Barth, Jule; Bond, Sophie; Diprose, Gradon; Orchiston, Caroline; Simon, Katy; Thomas, Amanda
    In the years to come, many of New Zealand’s urban settlements are likely to be impacted by climate-induced hazards such as sea level rise, coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels, and some are already being ...
  • Cooking with Gas: Māori and the coming energy transition 

    Ruckstuhl, Katharina
    This paper presents an Indigenous and Māori perspective about the need for urgent energy transitions by examining three areas: • Climate change transition, which I define as an energy transition to a largely non-fossil-fuel ...
  • Community Development for Climate Adaptation: Dunedin City Council perspective 

    Stephenson, Janet
    South Dunedin was hit by serious flooding in 2015 and has experienced other flood events since. In this video, staff from Dunedin City Council and Civil Defence, along with a Deep South Challenge researcher, talk about ...
  • Community Development for Climate Adaptation: One neighbourhood's perspective 

    Stephenson, Janet
    In 2015, South Dunedin in New Zealand was hit by serious flooding. Not only did the community recover, but it has been learning from the increasingly common experience and working with the Dunedin City Council to build ...
  • Communities and Climate Change cartoon 

    Stephenson, Janet
    Some low-lying communities in Aotearoa New Zealand are already being affected by increased flooding, coastal erosion and higher water levels. Over time, more communities will be affected and the impacts will worsen. But ...
  • Community Development for Adaptation 

    Stephenson, Janet; Barber, Josh; Barth, Jule; Bond, Sophie; Diprose, Gradon; Heyd, Charlotta; Kirk, Nick; Laurie-Fendall, Rachael; Orchiston, Caroline; Saunders, Wendy; Simon, Katy; Thomas, Amanda; Vincent, Nicolle
    Council-community engagement for a climate-impacted future – research brief. Many of New Zealand’s urban settlements are likely to be impacted by climate-induced hazards such as coastal erosion, flooding and rising ...
  • Hypoxia : dynamics, causes and biological impacts in the Kaikorai Estuary, Dunedin 

    Larkin, Gregory Jonathon Alistair
    Dissolved oxygen concentrations have fluctuated naturally over geological history. In recent years, a decrease in estuarine oxygen levels has been directly related to the process of anthropogenic eutrophication. The condition ...
  • Local Authorities and Community Engagement on Climate Change Adaptation 

    Barth, Jule; Bond, Sophie; Vincent, Nicolle
    This report explores how regional and territorial authorities in Aotearoa New Zealand currently understand their role in climate adaptation, to what extent they are currently fulfilling that role, and how they engage with ...

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