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Associate Professor Christine Cheyne MA, PhD

Associate Professor

School of People, Environment and Planning

Associate Professor Christine Cheyne is Resource & Environmental Planning Programme Co-ordinator in the School of People, Environment and Planning. Her research focuses on local government (including local political leadership, funding, long-term planning, electoral participation/voter turnout and local government reorganisation), environmental and conservation policy and planning, transport policy and planning and public participation in policy and planning processes.  She has extensive knowledge of the local govenrment, resource management and conservation legislation.  Her current research focuses on collaborative planning and governance in natural resource management, active transport, shared transport and the development of low carbon urban environments. She has been a member of the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board (2004-2014) and has been a member of the Horizons (Manawatu Regional Council) Regional Transport Committee for several terms since 2005. In 2006-2007 she was a member of the independent Local Government Rates Inquiry Panel. She is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and a member of the core group (executive) of the New Zealand Association of Impact Assessment.

Associate Professor Christine Cheyne is a senior staff member of Massey's Resource and Environmental Planning programme.  Her research focuses on urban and natural resource planning issues and, in particular, community engagement in planning processes, She is an expert on various aspects of local government including representation, participation, political leadership and electoral systems.  She also has had a long-standing involvement in transport planning. She has worked at Massey University since 1990 and prior to that worked in local government.  She is currently an advisory member of the Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) Regional Council Regional Transport Committee representing active and public transport..

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Contact details

  • Ph: 063569099 ext 83630
    Location: SST 5.21, Social Sciences Tower
    Campus: Turitea


  • MA - Massey University (1986)
  • PhD - Massey University (1997)

Research Expertise

Research Interests


  • Smart, sustainable and resilient transport
  • Community transport, ridesharing, alternatives to private transport
  • Local government reforms – implications for public participation in planning processes and e-democracy
  • Local political leadership for sustainability planning
  • Online voting and other innovations in e-government and e-democracy
  • Current developments in conservation policy and planning (e.g. new conservation management strategy templates; implementation and monitoring of Conservation Management Strategies and national park management plans
  • Collaborative governance arrangements for indigenous biodiversity, marine/coastal, freshwater, other resources
  • Social, economic and environmental impacts of infrastructure (transport, water storage, energy, etc.)
  • Public participation in planning processes
  • Community engagement in environmental planning and management
  • Community engagement and local authority decision-making in relation to hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
  • Local government climate protection/decarbonisation initiatives
  • Development of community resilience (in response to climate change/energy security (peak oil) /food security challenges
  • Amenity migration - effectiveness of planning instruments for dealing with migration to non-metropolitan/rural areas
  • Planning and funding of infrastructure and public participation infrastructure planning (water, wastewater, stormwater, renewable energy)

Research Opportunities

  • Smart urban and rural mobility  (01/03/2016) With A/Prof Imran Muhammad I am currently researching new transport technologies and their contribution to urban and rural mobility choices.
  • Local government regulation of fracking (hydraulic  (01/03/2015) I am investigating local authority planning provisions for managing the environmental impacts of fracking. I am interested in international experience especially Australia, USA, Canada, UK.
  • New Zealand  (01/09/2015) A study of public participation in contemporary with a particular focus on collaborative planning processes especially in conservation and environmental planning.
  • Local political participation  (01/01/2013) Analysis of voter turnout in local elections and other forms of local political participation (such as local authority annual planning and long-term planning processes.
  • Local government and e-democracy  (01/02/2016) Investigation of implications for citizenship of use of social media and other digital technologies by local government


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000): Community Planning (120501):
Environment Policy (160507):
Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504):
Policy and Administration (160500): Public Policy (160510): Studies In Human Society (160000):
Transport Planning (120506): Urban Analysis and Development (120507): Urban and Regional Planning (120500):
Urban Policy (160514)


  • Environmental sustainability and low carbon urban environments
  • Local government policy and planning
  • Transport policy and planning especially shared transport/community transport and active transport
  • Disruptive transport technologies
  • Participatory and collaborative planning
  • NZ public policy
  • Freshwater planning

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 4

Completed Projects

Project Title: Learning from the UK experience of Living Labs

This project involved hosting Dr Rob Wilson, Director of the University of Newcastle's Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE) in May 2013. The aim of the visit is to bring together the 2013 Massey University Living Lab (MULL) research projects as well as those councils involved in 2012 MULL projects to learn from the experience of the University of Newcastle's KITE connections with local authorities and to foster further scholarship around the Living Lab model of research engagement. Living Labs are a key element of the university's Sustainability Framework the MU Living Lab that developed out of the Challenging Sustainability SIF project. Dr Wilson was invited to participate in an "unconference" - a meeting that departs from traditional conference format. Unconferences were pioneered as part of the Strategic Innovations Fund (SIF) project Challenging Sustainability out of which the MULL was established and participants included the local government and university staff and student researchers.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Cheyne, CM., Muhammad, I., Ahmed, W., & Potroz, C.(2017). Barriers to Active Transport in Palmerston North: Experiences and Perspectives of Secondary School Students.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Cheyne, C., Muhammad, I.


Ross, JM., McNeill, JK., & Cheyne, CM. (2017). Justice and the compact city: Auckland’s hidden discourse. TBC. : State of Australian Cities National Conference 2017
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Cheyne, C., McNeill, J.
Ross, JM., McNeill, JK., & Cheyne, CM. (2017). Justice and the compact city: Auckland’s hidden discourse. TBC. : State of Australian Cities National Conference 2017
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Cheyne, C., McNeill, J.
Ross, JM., McNeill, JK., & Cheyne, C. (2017). Justice and the compact city: Auckland’s hidden discourse. TBC. : State of Australian Cities National Conference 2017
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Cheyne, C., McNeill, J., Ross, J.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 5
CoSupervisor 1 4


Associate Professor Christine Cheyne's past and present teaching include  sustainability planning, transport policy and planning, advanced research methods, planning processes under the Local Government Act 2002, Conservation Act 1987, Resource Mangement Act 1991 and Land Transport Management Act 2003.

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Jermi Melkias Haning - PhD
    Incorporating Developing Countries’ Customary Fisheries Management in Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs): Rote Island, Indonesia
  • Syed Ali - PhD
    The role of environmental assessment in statutory decision-making for large-scale infrastructure projects: A case study of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (New Zealand)
  • Veronica Tawhai - PhD
    Teaching and learning about indigeneity and the implications for citizenship education.

CoSupervisor of:

  • Joanna Ross - PhD
    Beyond Compact: Planning spatially inclusive residential environments

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - April Leanne Bennett - PhD
    The good fight: Power and the indigenous struggle for the Manawatu River
  • 2014 - Karen Marie Johnston - PhD
    Planning for a Night Out: Local Governance, Power and Night -Time in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2013 - Janet Isabel Reid - PhD
    Governing Sustainable Agriculture: A case study of the farming of highly erodible hill country in the Manawatu-Whanganui region of New Zealand
  • 2008 - Jeffrey Karl McNeill - PhD
    The public value of Regional Government: How New Zealand's regional councils manage the environment.
  • 2008 - Simon Joseph Nash - PhD
    Integration of Citizens' Agendas in New Zealand Local Government environmental decision-making: An examination of two wastewater planning processes and implications for deliberate democracy

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Muhammad Babar Chohan - PhD
    Roads Investment and Economic Growth: Similarity or Divergence between Developed and Developing Countries
  • 2014 - Karen Thelma Palmer - PhD
    Sustainable ecological systems and urban development in New Zealand: a freshwater case study
  • 2009 - Andrew William Kibblewhite - PhD
    The Meaning and Measurement of Social Capital. The Application of Social Capital as a Critical Analysis Tool.
  • 2002 - Mr Richard Hugh Shaw - PhD
    Shaping the Bureau or Maximising the Budget? Rational choice, historial institutionalism and bureaucratic reform in New Zealand.

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