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Dr Allanah Ryan PhD

Director Sustainability

Operations and Campus Experience

Allanah took on the role of Director Sustainability in May 2016. Prior to that she had been the Head of School of People, Environment and Planning between November 2011 – April 2016. Her academic credentials are as a sociologist with particular interests around sustainability and the built environment. In addition to managing the School of People, Environment and Planning Allanah led the 'Challenging Sustainability' project which was a programme of research and external collaboration with the Palmerston North City Council, Hawkes Bay Regional Council and Wellington City council. She is interested in finding new ways for the social sciences to work alongside the natural sciences, and design and planning professionals in sustainability-related projects that engage key external stakeholders. Allanah is also keen to pursue new ways for university staff to connect across the Colleges and service units with the aim of creating cross-disciplinary teaching and research that addresses the 'wicked problems' facing the planet and its peoples. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: 83849
    Location: ORB 2.03, Old Registry Building
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (1998)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Stakeholder engagement

Living lab methodology



21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environmental Sociology (160802): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs


Ryan, AM. (2002). Sociology Australia. New Zealand Sociology. 17(2), 345-349
[Journal article]Authored by: Ryan, A.
Ryan, AM. (2001). Feminism and sexual freedom in an age of AIDS. Sexualities. 4(1), 91-107
[Journal article]Authored by: Ryan, A.


Ryan, AM. (2005). Sociological perspectives on health and illness. In K. Dew, & P. Davis (Eds.) Health and Society in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 4 - 20). Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Ryan, A.
Ryan, AM. (2005). From dangerous sexualities to risky sex: Regulating sexuality in the name of public health. In G. Hawkes, & J. Scott (Eds.) Perspectives in Human Sexuality. (pp. 203 - 217). Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Ryan, A.
Ryan, AM., McLennan, G., & Spoonley, P.(2004). Exploring Society: Exploring Society: Sociology for New Zealand Students, (second edition), Pearson Education: Auckland.. Auckland: Pearson Education
[Authored Book]Authored by: Ryan, A.
Ryan, AM., Carryer, JB., & Patterson, LG.(2003). Healthy concerns: Sociology for New Zealand nursing and midwifery students. Auckland, NZ: Pearson/Prentice Hall
[Authored Book]Authored by: Carryer, J., Ryan, A.

Creative Work

FitzHerbert, SJ., Richardson, J., Ryan, AM., Mansvelt, J., & Gallagher, A. (2015). Sharing the Waiwhakaiho [Artefact]. : http://waiwhakaiho.org.nz/
[Artefact]Authored by: Gallagher, A., Mansvelt, J., Ryan, A.
Richardson, JM., Ryan, AM., Mansvelt, J., Gallagher, A., & FitzHerbert, S.(2015). Sharing the Waiwhakaiho.
[Film or Video]Authored by: Gallagher, A., Mansvelt, J., Ryan, A.


Ryan, AM.(2010). SHaC 09: Competing logics of sustainable architecture in a New Zealand context. Paper presented at the meeting of SB10 NZ – Innovation and Transformation Conference. Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Ryan, A.
Ryan, AM. (2006, November). Troubling the concept of ethnicity in epidemiological research. Presented at Sociological Association of Aotearoa (NZ) Annual Conference. University of Waikato, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ryan, A.
Ryan, AM. (2005). Recognition, public health and social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand. In M. Leach, L. Walsh, & J. Barbara (Eds.) Politics of Recognition: Identity, Respect and Justice. Burwood, VIC
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Ryan, A.
Ryan, AM. (2005, July). Public health, social justice and the politics of recognition in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at The Politics of Recognition: Identity, Respect and Justice. Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ryan, A.


Ryan, AM. (2006). How do we know the disadvantaged?. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ryan, A.

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 0 2

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2012 - Swati Mishra - Doctor of Philosophy
    Recasting Respectability: Habitus, call centres and the modern Indian women
  • 2005 - Bronwyn Watson - Doctor of Philosophy
    A Gendered Undertaking: The Feminisation of After-Death Work in Aotearoa

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