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Supporting success in regional settlements

Our Research Team

Principal Investigators

Harvey Perkins,  People and Places Limited

Arthur Grimes, Motu Economic & Public Policy Research

Michael Mackay, Lincoln University

Jonathan Kilgour, University of Waikato

Associate Investigators

Deborah Levy, University of Auckland

Malcolm Campbell, University of Canterbury

Researchers by work programme

WP1

Prof Arthur Grimes, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (and Victoria University of Wellington)
Dr David Maré, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
Prof Jacques Poot, Independent researcher, Amsterdam (formerly University of Waikato)
Stuart Donovan, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (and MRCagney)

The following researchers were also involved in a completed WP1 research project:

Dr David Fleming, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
Peter Nunns, MRCagney
Laurent Lebreton, The Modelling House

WP2

Jonathan Kilgour, University of Waikato
Dr Polly Atatoa-Carr, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
Kristie Baillie, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
Maui Hudson, Te Pua Wānanga Ki Te Ao, University of Waikato
Moana Rarere, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
Thalia Ullrich, Waiora Pacific Ltd

WP3

Professor Harvey Perkins, People and Places Limited
Dr Mike Mackay, Lincoln University
Professor Deborah Levy, University of Auckland
Dr Malcolm Campbell, University of Canterbury
Dr Nick Taylor, Nick Taylor and Associates
Dr Karen Johnston, Karen Johnston Strategic & Project Planning
Raewyn Hills (Research Associate), University of Auckland
Laura Dance (Summer Scholarship Student, 2017/18), Lincoln University

Professor Harvey Perkins

Harvey is a geographer and conducts research of interest to human geographers, sociologists, planners and property personnel. This research focuses on elements of urban, peri-urban and rural social, economic and environmental change. Harvey completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill following his MA at the University of Otago. He has had a varied career in teaching, public service, management, consultancy and academia in New Zealand, the US and the UK. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Auckland and Director at People and Places Ltd.

Dr Arthur Grimes

Arthur completed his PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics in 1987 following his BSocSc(Hons) at University of Waikato.

He is a Senior Fellow at Motu Research, an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Victoria University of Wellington, Board Member of the Financial Markets Authority, and chairs the Hugo Group. He was Reserve Bank of New Zealand Chair from 2003-2013. Prior to his time at Motu, Arthur was Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (Victoria University of Wellington), Chief Executive of Southpac, and Chief Economist at both the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the National Bank of New Zealand.

Dr Michael Mackay

Michael is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design at Lincoln University. His primary research interests are in the processes and outcomes of rural and urban change in New Zealand, most notably the emergence of new landscapes of production and consumption and accompanying novel 'place-based' identities. A secondary research interest is in everyday practices associated with the making and maintenance of house and home in New Zealand, particularly DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement activities. Micheal's current research is focussing on the sociology and geography of rural change - this work is interpreting the economic, socio-cultural and landscape changes occurring in rural localities and small towns in New Zealand, particularly areas of high amenity. Supported by case studies, the research with others is contributing a New Zealand perspective to scholarly debates on rural commodification, landscapes of consumption, rural land use conflict, governance, rural tourism, amenity migration, rural residential development, multifunctional rural space and the global countryside. Michael completed PhD in 2011 at Lincoln University.

Jonathan Kilgour

Jonathan is a research fellow at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at the University of Waikato. With a Master of Laws degree as well as an MBA and Bachelor of Social Science, Jonathan's research interests include indigenous development and rights, interculturality, Māori jurisprudence, community regeneration,  sustainability and collaborative governance. Jonathan is also currently completing his PhD programme through the Australia National University.