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Dr Corrina Tucker PhD

Lecturer in Environmental Sociology

School of People, Environment and Planning

I am an environmental sociology lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning.  I teach introductory sociology and environmental sociology more specifically.  My main research interests are in the areas of environmental sociology and social movements.



Contact details

  • Location: 5.12, Social Sciences Tower (SST)
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology) - Massey University (2011)
  • Master of Arts (First class honours in Sociology) - Massey University (2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Psychology) - Massey University (2001)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Environmental sociology (lifestyle and consumption, voluntary simplicity, 'green' lifestyle movements, household waste minimisation, meat consumption and production, New Zealand and South Pacific environmental sustainability, environmental sociology theory)
  • Political sociology (social movements, activism, social movement theory)
  • Housing insecurity in New Zealand.



21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environmental Politics (160605): Environmental Sociology (160802):
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000):
Political Science (160600): Social Change (160805): Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807): Sociology (160800): Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808): Studies In Human Society (160000)


  • Environmental sociology
  • Social movements and activism
  • Household waste minimisation
  • New Zealand culture and identity associations with meat consumption and production
  • Lifestyle movements and voluntary simplicity

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 7

Completed Projects

Project Title: Waste minimisation culture in Palmerston North households

This research project aims to understand the drivers and barriers to household waste minimisation in Palmerston North. Residential waste practices occur behind closed doors and, for many, the question of waste is only brought to consciousness and mediated by local curb side services. Trisia Farrelly and Corrina Tucker wanted to know what challenges and drivers Palmerston North households might be faced with when asked to minimise their household waste as much as practicable. The project involved fortnightly 'active interviews', ongoing waste audits, curb side trials, product trials, a site visit to the Awapuni Resource Recovery Park, and hands-on workshops with four Palmerston North households over a nine-month period. The unique methodological approach applied in this action research project revealed participants' household waste attitudes, knowledge, and practices. The research provides sound recommendations for residential household waste minimisation in Palmerston North.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Project Title: Meat in New Zealand culture and identity: thinking about the future

This project extends on pilot research which I conducted in 2011, and explores the identity constructions, social practices and perceptions of New Zealanders in relation to a range of meat consumption and production practices (1. intensive agricultural production, 2. 'alternative' agricultural production, 3. genetic modification, 4. invitro meat, 5. nose-to-tail eating, 6. Extending the living protein range - to include eating insects for example, and 7. Reduced meat consumption). The project looked at what factors determine and influence perceptions and understandings of these practices in order to develop a strategic framework that can help direct future research and policy on sustainable meat production and consumption.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Tucker, CA. (2014). The significance of sensory appeal for reduced meat consumption. Appetite. 81, 168-179
[Journal article]Authored by: Tucker, C.


Tucker, CA. (2017, September). Green lifestyles, social movements and politics. Presented at Social movements, Resistance and Social Change 2017. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tucker, C.
Tucker, CA. (2017). What influences do socio-demographics and political affiliation have on environmental conscientiousness at home?. http://www.saanz.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/SAANZ-Conference-Booklet-2016.pdf. Online: Conference of the Sociological Association of Aoteroa New Zealand
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Tucker, C.
Tucker, CA., Morris, C., & Barendze, R. (2016, December). Just Zilch: a food rescue and redistribution free-store. Presented at Australasian Agri-food Research Network
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tucker, C.
Tucker, CA. (2016, December). The food practices of environmentally conscientious New Zealanders. Presented at Australasian Agrifood Research Network. The University of Adelaide.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tucker, C.
Tucker, CA. (2014, November). Four households' efforts to minimise food and food-related waste.. Presented at Australasian Agrifood Research Network. University of Sydney, Australia..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tucker, C.
Tucker, CA. (2013, December). A lamb chop is not a lamb chop without all the fat! New Zealander perceptions of in-vitro meat. Presented at Australasian Agrifood Research Network. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tucker, C.
Tucker, CA. (2012, December). Meat?. Presented at Australasian Agrifood Research Network. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tucker, C.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 3 0


My primary supervision interests relate to the areas of environmental and political sociology, qualitative methods, along with social movement and environmental sociology theories.  In particular, the following areas relate extremely well to my research and supervision expertise: 

  • Food consumption, production and waste;
  • Food (especially meat, and meat-like / type products) in relation to New Zealand culture and identity
  • Social movements, in particular environmental;
  • Lifestyle movements, in particular voluntary simplicity; and
  • Housing insecurity issues in New Zealand.

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Martin Garcia Cartagena - PhD
    Unveiling Community Resilience Capital Networks: An action-research approach to Earthquake Community Resilience & Sustainability in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Stella Pennell - PhD
    Trouble in paradise? Conflicts and contradictions of platform capitalism experienced by resident Airbnb hosts in regional tourist towns
  • Virginia Webb - PhD
    How do local authorities respond to community driven food projects?

Media and Links


  • 27 Mar 2017 - Magazine, Online
    Talking 'bout my generation
    Contribution to magazine through an interview.
  • 26 Sep 2013 - Newspaper
    City hears trash talk
    Newspaper article in the Manawatu Guardian advertising a panel discussion organised by myself and DrTrisia Farrelly with two visiting academics: Frances Fahy and David Boarder-Giles on waste and recyc
  • 26 Nov 2014 - Magazine
    A recipe for NZ's global success
    A contribution on 'Sustainability' to an article in Future New Zealand, a special supplement in the New Zealand Herald.
  • 19 Dec 2012 - Newspaper
    From lab dish to plate
    News story, special feature in Manawatu Standard
  • 17 Sep 2013 - Newspaper
    Waste Watchers: rubbish research revealed
    Front page story in the Manawatu Standard on reseach conducted by myself and Dr Trisia Farrelly on action research with four Palmerston North households on household waste minimisation.
  • 15 Jun 2017 - Television
    What are the effects of going meat-free?
    Live interview for the AM show (broadcast on TV3 and Radio Live), where I was the guest interviewee discussing why meat reduction is important.
  • 15 Aug 2013 - Television
    Seven Sharp TVNZ
    News item about household waste and recycling contamination in Palmerston North, based on research conducted by myself and Dr Trisia Farrelly.
  • 11 Dec 2012 - Online
    Social scientists on future of food, land and peop
    News item on Massey website
  • 07 Aug 2012 - Online
    Academic diagnoses climate change fatigue
    News article on Carbonnews
  • 04 Feb 2014 - Newspaper
    Look under bin lids changes recycling
    Newspaper article in the Manawatu Standard.
  • 03 Aug 2012 - Newspaper
    Academic diagnoses climate change fatigue
    Short newspaper article in Carbon News about climate change and how people seem less concerned about it now. I was interviewed and asked to comment on it.
  • 01 May 2014 - Radio
    Our Changing World
    A 24 minute long news story about the household waste minimisation research project conducted by Dr Farrelly and I. This news story included an interview with Dr Farrelly and I, along with one of our
  • 01 May 2013 - Newspaper
    Recycling knowledge a bit rubbish - survey
    Newspaper article in the Environment section of The Tribune. Based on a survey conducted by myself and colleague Trisia Farrelly on household environmental views and practices.

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