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Current Roles and Responsibilities
Co-Founder of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council and the Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance; she has been a member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Expert Group (Marine Litter and Microplastics) since 2017; nominated to its associated Scientific Advisory Committee last year. A member of New Zealand’s National Container Deposit Scheme Working Group. Her co-edited book with Dr Sy Taffel and Professor Ian Shaw, Plastic Legacies: Pollution, Persistence, and Politics is in press. University Representative, Association of Social Anthropologists Aotearoa New Zealand (ASAANZ). Massey University's Focal Point for the Association of Commonwealth Universities Blue Charter Fellows (Marine Plastics).
Research focus: plastic pollution from a range of social science perspectives.
Research interests include community-based development; protected area management;conservation; Indigenous Fijian epistemologies and methodologies, development, indigenous Fijian micropolitics, governance, and entrepreneurship; socio-cultural analyses of waste minimisation; informal economies; collective memory work; Pacific Islands waste management.
21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management
Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100): Anthropology of Development (160101):
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Conservation and Biodiversity (050202): Environmental Management (050205): Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000): Natural Resource Management (050209): Pacific Peoples Environmental Knowledge (050210):
Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104): Sociology (160800): Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808): Studies In Human Society (160000):
Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
The politics of plastic pollution
Plastics-related policy, legislation, agreements, plans/strategies
Plastic pollution in Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands
National parks and protected areas
Project Title: NSC - Conduct a discourse analysis (led by Charlotte Sunde) of Social Licence to Operate (SLO) in New Zealand (Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge)
Date Range: 2016 - 2019
Funding Body: The Cawthron Institute Trust Board
Project Title: Waste minimisation culture in Palmerston North households
Date Range: 2013 - 2013
Funding Body: Massey University
2015 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award
2015 Nomination for the Prime Minister’s National Teaching Excellence Award
2015 Massey University Teaching Fellow
2015 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee Teaching Award (Individual “Excellence and Innovation”)