UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Bronwyn Mary Hayward

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Political Science and International Relations

Fields of Research

  • Children and youth politics
  • Climate change
  • Urban governance and planning
  • Resilience
  • Social research
  • Citizenship and civics education
  • New Zealand politics
  • Environmental policy

Researcher Summary

Bronwyn researches citizenship and sustainability, with a particular focus on children & youth in a rapidly changing physical and socio-economic environment.

Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations and director of the Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination: Hei Puāwaitanga research group http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/political/scci.shtml at UC, Bronwyn is a co-researcher at the University of Oslo on the Voices of the Future project and a co-investigator with the Centre for Understanding Sustainable prosperity, at the University of Surrey, UK. She is also Senior Visiting Fellow: Centre for Environmental Strategy (University of Surrey) and was visiting fellow: Tyndall Centre for climate change research 2008-2010.

Bronwyn was lead author for two UN Environment Programme reports on 18-35 year olds' attitudes to lifestyles and sustainability (UK/NZ). Her latest book is Children, Citizenship and Environment (2012) London, Routledge. She is a member of the International Social Sciences Council steering committee for Transformation, and chair of NZPSA All Universities Working party on Civics, Citizenship and Political Literacy http://www.nzpsa.com/civics-citizenship-and-political-literacy

Bronwyn has worked for children's TV, served as a ministerial appointee to NZ Broadcasting Standards Authority, and is a trustee of SPARK Foundation.

Bronwyn was inaugural co-winner of UC Arts Conscience & Critic of Society Research Award 2014

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Understand changing attitudes and values of public over time

Key Methodologies

  • Longitudinal studies
  • Multimedia
  • Resilience (social, economic, cultural and environmental)
  • Deliberative processes
  • Citizen juries
  • Children’s research methodologies
  • Multicultural research
  • Interdiciplinery research
  • Political communication


Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books Edited Volumes
  • Hayward, B. (Ed.) (2008) Political Science, 60(1). Special issue: The Politics of Climate Change Issues for New Zealand and Small States of the Pacific. London: Sage, on behalf of Victoria University of Wellington. 176pp.
  • Hayward, B. (Ed.) (2008) The Politics of Climate Change: Issues for New Zealand and Small States of the Pacific. Wellington: Dunmore Publishers.
Journal Articles
  • Hayward, B., Selboe, E. and Plew, E. (2015) Citizenship for a changing global climate: Learning from New Zealand and Norway. Citizenship, Social and Economic Education 14(1): 19-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2047173415577506.
  • Hayward, B. (2009) Our Changing Political and Global Climate: Can we "grow" and remain "happy"? Women Talking Politics 7(Summer): 1-3.
  • Hayward, B. (2008) Let's Talk about the Weather: De-centering Democratic Debate about Climate Change. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 23(3): 79-98.
  • Hayward B. (1995) The greening of participatory democracy: A reconsideration of theory. Environmental Politics 4(4): 215-236.
  • Hayward B. (1993) Participatory Democracy: Questions raised by feminist involvement with practise and theory. Political Science 45: 27-39.
  • Hayward, B. (1991) Getting Heard in the Green Debate: Environmental Policy and Strong Democracy in New Zealand. Sites: Journal for Radical Perspectives on Culture 22(Summer): 54-63.
Chapters in Books
  • Hayward, B., Collins, R. and Nissen, S. (2016) Children and Environment. In D. Demeritt, N. Castree and D. Richardson (Ed.), The International Encyclopaedia of Geography: in press. London: Wiley.
  • Hayward, B. and Cretney, R. (2015) Governing Through Disaster. In J. Hayward (Ed.), New Zealand Government and Politics (6th ed.): 403-415. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Hayward, B. (2014) Re-imagining and Rebuilding Local Democracy. In B. Bennett, J. Dann, E. Johnson and R. Reynolds (Ed.), Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch: 179-185. Christchurch: Freerange Press Christchurch.
  • Hayward B.. and O'Brien K. (2014) Social contracts in a changing climate: security of what and for whom? In O’Brien,k.; Lera St. Clair, A.; Kristoffersen B. (Ed.), Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security (1st ed.): 199-214. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hayward, B., Selboe, E. and O'Brien, K. (2014) Supporting resilience global citizenship in a changing climate: Lessons from Norway, Samoa and New Zealand. In UNICEF Office of Research (Ed.), The Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the front line: 79-86. Florence: Innocenti Insight, UNICEF Office of Research.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2013) The social handprint of sustainable citizenship. In K. O'Brien, J. Wolf and L. Sygna (Ed.), A Changing Environment for Human Security: Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy and Action: 327-335. London: Earthscan Routledge.
  • Hayward, B. (2013) The Social Handprint: Decentring the Politics of Sustainability after an Urban Disaster. In M. Rawes (Ed.), Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity: 233-248. London: Routledge.
  • Hayward, B. (2011) Addressing dangerous climate change: Why citizenship matters more than behaviour change. In J. Lawrence, A. Cornforth and P. Barrett (Ed.), Climate Futures: Pathways for Society: 75-79. Wellington: New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute.
  • Hayward, B., Donald, H. and Okeroa, E. (2011) Flourishing: Young Lives Well Lived in New Zealand. In United Nations Environment Programme (Ed.), Visions for Change: Country Papers: 56-61. Paris: United Nations Environment Programme.
  • Hayward, B., Jackson, T. and Evans, D. (2011) UK Youth: The conflicts of contemporary lifestyles. In United Nations Environment Programme (Ed.), Visions for Change: Country Papers: 99-105. Paris: United Nations Environment Programme.
  • Hayward, B. and O'Brien, K. (2010) Social contracts in a changing climate: security of what and for whom? In K. O'Brien, A.L. St. Clair and B. Kristoffersen (Ed.), Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security: 199-214. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wilson-Kelly, N. and Hayward, B. (2009) What Makes Them Tick? Some Young Women Voters' Motivations and Attitudes in Aotearoa New Zealand. In K. Macmillan, J. Leslie and E. McLeay (Ed.), Rethinking Women and Politics: New Zealand and Comparative Perspectives: 131-158. Wellington: Victoria University Press.
  • Hayward, B. (2006) Public Participation. In R. Miller (Ed.), New Zealand Government and Politics (4th ed.): 514-524. Auckland: Oxford University Press.
  • Hayward, B. (2003) Deliberative Planning and Urban Sustainability: A Christchurch Case Study. In C. Freeman and M. Thompson-Fawcett (Ed.), Living Space: Towards Sustainable Settlements in New Zealand: 113-127. Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
  • Hayward B. (1999) Commentary: Birkeland on Community Participation in Urban Project Assessment: An Eco-Feminist Analysis. In Turner, B. (Ed.), Technology and Public Participation: 113-142. wollongong: Wollongong University Press.
  • Hayward, B. (1997) Public participation. In Miller, Raymond. (Ed.), New Zealand Politics in Transition: 408-417. Auckland: Oxford.
  • Hayward, B. (1996) The Greening of participatory democracy: A reconsideration of Theory. In Mathews, F. (Ed.), Ecology and Democracy: 215-236. London: Frank Cass.
Conference - Published
  • Hayward, B. (2011) Growing up in a dynamic climate: Why citizenship will matter more than behaviour change. Wellington, New Zealand: Climate Futures: pathways for society, 31 Mar-1 Apr 2011.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2005) Effective Citizen Engagement and Social Learning in Environmental Policy: The New Zealand Experience. Washington, DC, USA: 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Political Association, 1-4 Sep 2005. : 27 pp.
Conference - Other - Full conference papers
  • Hayward, B. (2015) Legacy Stories for a city in transition: Filling the Gaps after a natural disaster. Cambridge, UK: Integrating Humanities and Social Sciences Research in Energy System Transition Workshop, 5 Sep 2015.
  • Scott, K., Masselot, A. and Hayward, B. (2015) Skivers, Strivers and Thrivers: The impact of the shift from welfare to wellbeing on women in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Sheffield, UK: Economic and Social Research Committee Conference on the Politics of Wellbeing, 17 Jul 2015.
  • Hayward, B., Selboe, E. and O'Brien, K. (2014) Climate, Citizenship and Rethinking Civics: Learning from, for and with a new generation of youth political activists. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Political Science Association Conference 2014 (NZPSA), 1-3 Dec 2014.
  • Hayward, B. (2014) Rethinking resilience: reflections on the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand 2010 and 2011. Montpellier, France: Resilience 2014: Resilience and Development, Mobilizing for Transformation, 4-8 May 2014. http://resilience2014.sciencesconf.org/25219.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2012) 100 days to rebuild suffrage: Reclaiming a democratic imagination in a changing world. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Political Science Association Conference, 26-28 Nov 2012.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2012) Citizenship and environment: Nurturing young citizens for sustainability leadership. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Tertiary Education Summit, 29-30 Nov 2012.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2012) Fair weather: Climate, children and youth - a question of justice. Christchurch, New Zealand: 5th Annual Hillary Symposium: The case for Climate Equity, 10 Dec 2012.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2012) Rethinking Resilience: Politics and Earthquake. Lincoln, New Zealand: Designing for resilience: NZILA Conference, 28-30 Jun 2012.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2012) Young citizen wellbeing: Why a democratic imagination is essential. Wellington, New Zealand: International Conference on Wellbeing and Public Policy, 13-15 Jun 2012.
  • Hayward, B. (2011) Rethinking Resilience: Reflections on the Christchurch earthquake and aftershocks. Auckland, New Zealand: Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) Annual Conference, 1-3 Jul 2011.
  • Jackson, T. and Hayward, B. (2009) Global Sustainable Lifestyle Survey: Attitudes of Young British Respondents. Paris, France: Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles: Global Workshop, 12-13 Oct 2009.
  • Hayward, B. and O'Brien, K. (2009) Security of What, for Whom? Rethinking Social Contracts in a Changing Climate. University of Oslo, Norway: GECHS Synthesis Conference: Human Security in an Era of Global Change, 22-24 Jun 2009.
  • Brown, K. and Hayward, B. (2008) Nowhere far from the sea: Exploring resilience in coastal communities. Stockholm, Sweden: Resilience 2008: International Science and Policy Conference, 14-17 Apr 2008.
  • O'Brien, K., Hayward, B. and Berkes, F. (2008) Rethinking Social Contracts: Building Resilience in a Changing Climate. Stockholm, Sweden: Resilience 2008: International Science and Policy Conference, 14-17 Apr 2008.
  • Hayward, B., Buck, J., Dalton, W., Tai-Rakena, N.K.A., Sheerin, C. and Donald, H. (2007) Facing the Past, Listening to Our Future: how children talk about politics, identity and environment in New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand: Transformations 2007: Composing the nation: ideas, peoples, histories, languages, cultures, economies, 27-28 Aug 2007.
  • Hayward, B., Donald, H., Sheerin, C. and Rakena, A. (2006) Whakarongo mai! Listen to me! How young people talk about politics in New Zealand. Australian National University, Canberra, Australia: Dialogue across Difference: Governance in a Multicultural Era, 4-5 Dec 2006.
Conference - Other - Oral presentations
  • Ford, G., Watson, K. and Hayward, B. (2013) The New Zealand Political Language Corpus and Citizen Taxpayer: Introducing a new corpus and a case study exploring representations of the taxpayer.. Christchurch, New Zealand.: New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, 2-3 Dec 2013.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2012) Understanding the social science of a changing climate. Christchurch, New Zealand: ICE FEST 2012, 14 Sep-15 Oct 2012.
  • Hayward, B. (2008) Growing Greens? Children's Attitudes to Citizenship, Environment and Climate Change: The New Zealand Experience. University of Surrey, UK: Resolve Centre Surrey University and UK Economic and Social Research Seminar Series, 11 Nov 2008.
  • Hayward, B. (2008) Rediscovering the Lost Forests of Winnie the Pooh: The Challenge of Interpretation for Climate Change and Sustainability Education. Dunkeld, UK: FEI and Forest School Networking Event, 13-14 Nov 2008.
  • Hayward, B. (2008) Story telling: Empowering Children in a Changing Environment. Dunkeld, Scotland: FEI and Forest School Networking Event, 13-14 Nov 2008.
  • Hayward, B. and Brown, K. (2007) No where far from the Sea, Iconic places and community resilience. Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Research Roundtable: The Politics of Climate change Lessons for New Zealand and Small States of the Pacific, 15 Nov 2007.
Conference - Other - Poster presentations
  • Selboe, E., Nordbø, M.J., Hayward, B.M. and O'Brien, K. (2014) Norwegian youth mobilizing for transformation: The preconditions of resilient protest. Montpellier, France: Resilience 2014: Resilience and Development, Mobilizing for Transformation, 4-8 May 2014.
Conference - Other - Other
  • Hayward, B. (2013) Tapping into the New Political Energy. Wellington, New Zealand: Four Countries Conference: UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, 27-28 Feb 2013.
  • Palmer, G., Hayward, B., Jackson, T., Sharples, P., Benson-Pope, D. and Winder, P. (2007) Sustainability and our social and cultural aspirations. Wellington, New Zealand: PCE20 Forum: Advancing Environmental Sustainability, 1-2 Mar 2007.
  • Hayward, B. and Roy, J. (2016) CHAPTER 5: Approaches to implementing a strengthened global response to the threat of climate change. Summary. In SIXTH ASSESSMENT REPORT (AR6) PRODUCTS: Outline of the Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to th: 14-16. Geneva: International Panel on Climate change. http://www.ipcc.ch/apps/eventmanager/documents/40/210920161009-Doc.11-Outline1.5.pdf.
  • Hayward, B., Larrère, C., Schmid, L. and Frame, D. (2015) The Anthropocene Challenge in Age of Resilience. New Zealand Royal Society and Radio New Zealand, Sep 2015. Radio Broadcast.
  • Hayward, B. (2014) Nancy Higgins and Claire Freeman (eds),Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2013; 326pp. Education Aotearoa 5(1): 36. Book Review.
  • Hayward, B. (2007) Living Together: Towards Inclusive Communities by Michelle Thompson-Fawcett and Claire Freeman ed. Otago University Press, Dunedin. 2007. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online 2(2): 115-117. http://www.rsnz.org/publish/kotuitui/2007/10.php. Book review.
  • Hayward, B. (2006) Baber, Walter F. and Robert V. Bartlett. 2005. Deliberative Environmental Politics: Democracy and ecological rationality. Australasian Journal of Human Security 2(2): 57-59. Book Review.
Theses - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Hayward, B.M. (2000) Beyond Consensus: Social Learning in Urban Planning. PhD, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • Howden-Chapman, P., Chapman, R., Abrahamse, W., Awatere, S., Fougere, G., Frame, B., Krausse, M., Hayward, B., Mortimer, C., Stevenson, A. and Logie, J. (2011) Christchurch's regeneration: research and science-based insights. Commissioned by New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, Wellington. 29.
Oral Presentations
  • Hayward, B.M. (2012) What if we really listened to children? University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: "What if" Wednesdays, 19 Aug 2012.
Discussions/Working Papers
  • Druckman, A., Buck, I., Hayward, B. and Jackson, T. (2012) Unpaid time and gender: what are the implications for carbon emissions? Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, UK. Commissioned by New Economics Foundation, London. 25pp.
Additional Publications
  • Hayward, B. (2015) How social sciences and humanities can collaborate to transform responses to disaster: A case study from Christchurch. United Nations University Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan: How social sciences and humanities can collaborate to transform responses to disaster: A case study from Christchurch, 19 Jan 2015. In JST/ISSC Transformations to Sustainability(http://www.ristex.jp/eventinfo/FE/report_e5.html).
  • Hayward, B. (2015) NZPSA working group on civics, citizenship and political literacy at NCEA. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand: New Zealand Political Studies Association, 2-4 Dec 2015.