A group of Lincoln University environmental planning students presented their dissertations to a diverse range of industry players at Tūranga Central Library recently.
It was a great opportunity for the Master of Planning and Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Planning (Honours) students to showcase their research to the public, with the presentations generating some thought-provoking questions from the crowd.
The students presented on a wide variety of topics, illustrating the breadth of learning and research opportunities available within the Lincoln planning programmes.
Max Lichtenstein (Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Hons) looked at how planning processes can influence visitor management practices in natural areas, using the Oparara Arches, Kahurangi National Park, as a case study.
Portia King (Master of Planning) explored how farmers could use solar and wind power as harvestable crops to help reach New Zealand’s 100% renewable electricity target.
Andrew Ross (Master of Planning) used a case study of a lifestyle allotment subdivision in the Timaru and Mackenzie District councils to investigate the role that human agency can play in district plan provisions and resource consent decisions.
Mona Neumann (Master of Planning) discussed the new urban governance approach, transition management, and described it as the key to accelerating the decarbonisation of New Zealand’s transport system.
Leah McEnhill (Master of Planning) presented her study on how statutory and non-statutory planning provisions are addressing tensions around urban intensification. She used Christchurch’s Inner City east neighbourhood as a case study.
Luke Kim (Master of Planning) explored the interaction of the socio-ecological factors that affect green-lipped mussel spat catching in Pelorus Sound and Wainui Bay. His research aims to develop a conceptual model to help planners understand the spat-catching processes.
The planning profession involves helping to grow and revitalise communities, with degrees in the discipline leading to diverse and exciting career opportunities in urban, regional and environmental planning.
Read more here about studying environment at Lincoln University.