UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Ed Challies

Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management

Fields of Research

  • Environmental governance
  • Collaborative and participatory governance
  • Water resource management
  • Flood risk management and resilience
  • Political ecology
  • Agri-food systems
  • Global value chain governance
  • Globalisation
  • New Zealand's aid and international development programme

Researcher Summary

I am interested in understanding how communities and groups collectively decide on the distribution of environmental goods and bads in society. This entails examining a variety of processes and arrangements for participatory and collaborative environmental governance, with a view to understanding the extent to which they are (a) effective in terms of securing or advancing social and environmental sustainability, and (b) democratically legitimate in terms of procedural and distributional justice. While my work is primarily focused on water governance, I am also interested in environmental politics and governance more broadly. I research collaborative environmental governance in diverse settings, and across scales, from the governance of global flows and networks, to grassroots community initiatives and local projects.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Future Research

  • Comparing collaborative water governance across Canterbury and NZ
  • Politics and governance of groundwater
  • Implications of collaborative environmetal governance for Māori
  • Constructions of community resilience to flood/drought risk

Key Methodologies

  • Interviews
  • Comparative case studies
  • Case-survery meta-analysis
  • Content analysis

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Lührs N., Jager NW., Challies E. and Newig J. (2018) How Participatory Should Environmental Governance Be? Testing the Applicability of the Vroom-Yetton-Jago Model in Public Environmental Decision-Making. Environmental Management 61(2): 249-262. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-017-0984-3. (Journal Articles)
  • Reed MS., Vella S., Challies E., de Vente J., Frewer L., Hohenwallner-Ries D., Huber T., Neumann RK., Oughton EA. and Sidoli del Ceno J. (2018) A theory of participation: what makes stakeholder and public engagement in environmental management work? Restoration Ecology 26: S7-S17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.12541. (Journal Articles)
  • Challies E., Newig J., Kochskämper E. and Jager NW. (2017) Governance change and governance learning in Europe: Stakeholder participation in environmental policy implementation. Policy and Society 36(2): 288-303. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14494035.2017.1320854. (Journal Articles)
  • Challies E., Newig J., Thaler T., Kochskämper E. and Levin-Keitel M. (2016) Participatory and collaborative governance for sustainable flood risk management: An emerging research agenda. Environmental Science and Policy 55: 275-280. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2015.09.012. (Journal Articles)
  • Jager NW., Challies E., Kochskämper E., Newig J., Benson D., Blackstock K., Collins K., Ernst A., Evers M. and Feichtinger J. (2016) Transforming European water governance? Participation and river basin management under the EU water framework directive in 13 member states. Water (Switzerland) 8(4) http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/w8040156. (Journal Articles)
  • Kochskämper E., Challies E., Newig J. and Jager NW. (2016) Participation for effective environmental governance? Evidence from Water Framework Directive implementation in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Journal of Environmental Management 181: 737-748. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.08.007. (Journal Articles)
  • Lenschow A., Newig J. and Challies E. (2016) Globalization’s limits to the environmental state? Integrating telecoupling into global environmental governance. Environmental Politics 25(1): 136-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2015.1074384. (Journal Articles)
  • Newig J., Kochskämper E., Challies E. and Jager NW. (2016) Exploring governance learning: How policymakers draw on evidence, experience and intuition in designing participatory flood risk planning. Environmental Science and Policy 55: 353-360. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2015.07.020. (Journal Articles)
  • Andrew M., Challies E., Howson P., Astuti R., Dixon R., Haalboom B., Gavin M., Tacconi L. and Afiff S. (2015) Beyond carbon, more than forest? REDD+ governmentality in Indonesia. Environment and Planning A 47(1): 138-155. http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a140054p. (Journal Articles)
  • Dixon R. and Challies E. (2015) Making REDD+ pay: Shifting rationales and tactics of private finance and the governance of avoided deforestation in Indonesia. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 56(1): 6-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apv.12085. (Journal Articles)
  • Drazkiewicz A., Challies E. and Newig J. (2015) Public participation and local environmental planning: Testing factors influencing decision quality and implementation in four case studies from Germany. Land Use Policy 46: 211-222. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.02.010. (Journal Articles)
  • Mcgregor A., Weaver S., Challies E., Howson P., Astuti R. and Haalboom B. (2014) Practical critique: Bridging the gap between critical and practice-oriented REDD+ research communities. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 55(3): 277-291. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apv.12064. (Journal Articles)
  • Newig J., Challies E., Jager N. and Kochskämper E. (2014) What role for public participation in implementing the EU floods directive? A comparison with the water framework directive, early evidence from Germany and a research agenda. Environmental Policy and Governance 24(4): 275-288. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eet.1650. (Journal Articles)
  • Mcgregor A., Challies E., Overton J. and Sentes L. (2013) Developmentalities and donor-NGO relations: Contesting foreign aid policies in new zealand/aotearoa. Antipode 45(5): 1232-1253. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/anti.12017. (Journal Articles)
  • Challies ERT. and Murray WE. (2011) The Interaction of Global Value Chains and Rural Livelihoods: The Case of Smallholder Raspberry Growers in Chile. Journal of Agrarian Change 11(1): 29-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0366.2010.00282.x. (Journal Articles)
  • Challies ERT. and Murray WE. (2006) Productive transformations and bilateralism in the semi-periphery: A comparative political economy of the dairy complexes of New Zealand and Chile. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 47(3): 351-365. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8373.2006.00322.x. (Journal Articles)
  • Newig J., Challies E., Jager NW., Kochskaemper E. and Adzersen A. (1900) The Environmental Performance of Participatory and Collaborative Governance: A Framework of Causal Mechanisms. Policy Studies Journal http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/psj.12209. (Journal Articles)