Professor in Environmental Management

Auckland, New Zealand
08 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Environment

The School of Environment at the University of Auckland seeks to appoint a senior scholar whose research and teaching expertise fall within the broad intersections of nature-society relations. This position is anticipated to be appointed at the (full) Professorial level.

The School of Environment, situated in the Faculty of Science, includes more than fifty academic staff across Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science and Environmental Management. The Environmental Management programme is grounded in critical social science and is largely taught by Human Geographers. Environmental Management is offered as a subject in the Masters of Science and as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Science. The Environmental Management programme is one of the School's most popular postgraduate programmes for both domestic and international students, and the subject is taught within the geography major for undergraduate students. The new Professor will be expected to contribute to and lead the development of these programmes, while also supervising postgraduate students.

The ideal candidate will be able to build on and complement our existing research and teaching strengths in water resource management, environmental justice, indigenous perspectives, disaster risk reduction, adaptation to climate change, political ecology, food and agriculture, gender, sustainability, and participatory approaches to environmental management. An established research focus on the Asia-Pacific region would be especially welcomed. The successful candidate will be an excellent teacher, should possess an outstanding international publication record, and demonstrate an ability to establish research collaborations and attract research funding.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading tertiary institution. The social science group within the School of Environment was ranked first amongst similar groupings during the most recent round of New Zealand's Performance Based Research Fund. Our academic staff are prominent in a range of national and international research programmes involving collaborators in universities, government research institutes and the wider community. It is anticipated that the new Professor in Environmental Management will continue to foster their current research networks, while becoming involved in local and regional research initiatives and activities. An interest in mentoring early-mid career staff in the programme is also highly desirable.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We welcome colleagues with experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity.

The School of Environment recognises a special relationship with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi. The successful candidate will be expected to have or develop an understanding of individual and collective responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi and be willing to implement strategies in teaching and research to ensure such responsibilities are met.


The University of Auckland (42,000 students) is New Zealand's leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world's most liveable cities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through the following:

  • Flexible employment practices
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks' annual leave
  • Company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services

How to apply

Application packages should include a cover letter that outlines the following:

  • Why you are interested in this position
  • A summary of research interests and accomplishments
  • The outline of a potential five-year research programme at UoA
  • A statement of teaching experience and philosophy
  • A statement describing your experience working with diversity and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Three recent publications
  • The names and contact details of three referees

Please include combined all requested documents as one document.

Inquiries may be made to Associate Professor Julie Rowland (

Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Applications close (11.59pm NZT) on Sunday, 3 March 2019.

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