Economics and law

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The Socio-Legal Studies Research Group is interested in collaborative research into the study of legal ideas, practices and institutions in their social and historical contexts. This group seeks to understand law in the context of its relationship to an ever-changing society.

Researchers support and extend the work of the Biological Economies Research Project, which aims to raise the visibility of social science as a means of understanding change in New Zealand’s biologically-based economic sectors (food and fibre production and associated industries), and to develop this understanding theoretically to contribute to international debates about value chains, eco-verification, carbon miles, sustainability and climate change.

Research strengths

Commercial and corporate law focusses on the exchange of information, views and expertise relating to corporate and commercial law through lectures, seminars and publications.

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Associate Professor Andrew Maples

Associate Professor
Meremere 503
Internal Phone: 93974

Areas of current research in socio-legal studies include:

  • Longitudinal study - developing a law student profile
  • Improving the effectiveness of large class teaching in law degrees

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Professor Ursula Cheer

Professor
Meremere 303B
Internal Phone: 93799

Professor Lynne Taylor

Professor
Meremere 304
Internal Phone: 93788

Associate Professor Natalie Baird

Associate Professor
Co-Director of the LLM (ILAP)
Meremere 419
Internal Phone: 93801

Sascha Mueller

Senior Lecturer
Meremere 306
Internal Phone: 93763

Professor Elizabeth Toomey

Professor
Meremere 307
Internal Phone: 93957

Associate Professor Debra Wilson

Associate Professor
Meremere 315
Internal Phone: 93953

Areas of current research in biological economies include:

  • Agriculture and other applied biological sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human geography
  • Political science, international relations and public policy
  • Science and technology
  • Sociology, social policy, social work, criminology and gender studies

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Dr Joanna Frances Goven