CSAFE’s research collaborations involve many people and organisations throughout New Zealand and abroad.
Within the University of Otago, our collaborations include researchers in Anthropology, Botany, Design, Economics, Food Science, Geography, History, Law, Marine Science, Marketing, Management, Mathematics, Physics, Science Communication, Surveying, Sociology, Te Tumu (Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies), and Zoology.
We also have strong relationships with other University of Otago research entities, including the Otago Energy Research Centre, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Centre for Research on National Identity.
CSAFE currently enjoys close links and collaborative research contracts with scholars from Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, University of Auckland, Massey University, and Victoria University of Wellington.
We have also deliberately sought collaborations with Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), notably AgResearch, Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua, Cawthron Institute, and the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA). These relationships build sensible institutional bridges where research goals coincide and skills are complementary.
We carry out research with many iwi and hapū entities, particularly within the Ngāi Tahu rohe. In recent years, these have included Hokonui Rūnanga, East Otago Taiāpure Committee, the Rakiura muttonbirding community, and Oreti Mātaitai Management Committee. The Tirohia he Huarahi research project involved interviews with kaitiaki from 14 iwi and hapū across the North Island.
CSAFE has also built links with industry, as demonstrated by our regular contact and strong guidance in projects relating to the Food & Agriculture theme. Such links include Zespri managers, kiwifruit growers, sheep & beef growers, Meat & Wool New Zealand, Fonterra, Organics Aotearoa New Zealand, Canterbury Meat Packers, and Waitrose supermarket chain (UK). Additionally, the Energy Cultures project collaborates closely with Mercury Energy.
Our Tirohia he Huarahi (Marsden) project involves active collaboration with two world leaders in issues of co-management and Traditional Ecological Knowledge of indigenous communities: Distinguished Professors Nancy Turner (University of Victoria) and Fikret Berkes (University of Manitoba).
Fruitful collaborative seabird research projects have been maintained with Professor Henri Weimerskirch (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), Dr. Scott Shaffer (San Jose State University, California), and Dr. John Takekawa (USGS Western Ecological Research Center, California).
CSAFE staff have had long-term involvement in the Agri-Food Research Network, which links social scientists in New Zealand and Australia who work with issues regarding the transformation of agriculture and food systems. Other international links include long-term collaborations with Professor Mike Burgess (University of British Columbia, Canada), Professor Mike Bell (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Emeritus Professor Anne Murcott (Nottingham, UK), and a new collaboration with the Centre for Rural Research (Trondheim, Norway).
We have received modest research grants from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Sustainable Farming Fund and Climate Change Plan of Action Fund as well as from the Ministry of Fisheries for customary fishing issues.
We work closely with the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority and Dunedin City Council. Additionally, we participate in the Sustainable Food Exporters Group within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and we have been consulted regularly by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Environment.