Associate Professor Bronwyn Mary Hayward

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Political Science

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's research focuses on understanding children and young people's political aspirations, participation and experiences in a rapidly changing physical and socio-economic environment.

Bronwyn is Head of Department of Political Science at UC and co-researcher at the University of Oslo on the Voices of the Future project. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow with the UK ESRC funded Sustainable Lives Research Group (University of Surrey) and was a visiting fellow at the Tyndall Centre for climate change research 2008-2011, University of East Anglia and RESOLVE group (University of Surrey).

Bronwyn was lead author for two reports for the UN’s Environment Programme's global survey of the attitudes of 18-35 year olds to their lifestyles and sustainability (for UK and NZ). Her latest book is Children, Citizenship and Environment (2012). She is a member of the International Social Sciences Council steering committee for Transformative Social Research and co-chair of the new science panel for CYCLES for Sustainability, a UNEP, Surrey and UC partnership with global research teams investigating the sustainability of children and young people's lives in urban contexts.

Outside academia Bronwyn has worked for children's media (television and radio) and served as a ministerial appointment to the NZ Broadcasting Standards Authority, she is also a trustee of the SPARK Foundation.

Bronwyn was the inaugural joint 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 Books
  • 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. (2008 ed.). 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
  • Druckman, A., Buck, I., Hayward, B. and Jackson, T. (2012) Time, gender and carbon: A study of the carbon implications of British adults' use of time. Ecological Economics 84(December 2012): 153-163.
  • 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. (2015) Children and Environment. In D. Demeritt, N. Castree and D. Richardson (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Geography: forthcoming. London: Wiley.
  • 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 Contributions - Papers in published proceedings
  • 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 Contributions - Full conference papers
  • 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 Contributions - 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) Keynote address: Rediscovering the Lost Forests of Winnie the Pooh: The Challenge of Interpretation for Climate Change and Sustainability Education. Dunkeld, Scotland: 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 Contributions - 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.
Reports for External Bodies
  • 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. New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, Wellington. 29.
  • 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. 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.
Additional Publications
  • Druckman, A., Buck, I., Hayward, B. and Jackson, T. (2012) Unpaid time and gender: what are the implications for carbon emissions? New Economics Foundation, London. Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, UK. 25pp.
  • Hayward, B.M. (2012) What if we really listened to children? University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: "What if" Wednesdays, 19 Aug 2012.