Ed Challies

Senior LecturerEd Challies

Water Management and Policy
Julius von Haast Level 7 Rm734
Internal Phone: 92545

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

  • Coenen J., Bager S., Meyfroidt P., Newig J. and Challies E. (2021) Environmental Governance of China's Belt and Road Initiative. Environmental Policy and Governance 31(1): 3-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eet.1901.
  • Schilling-Vacaflor A., Lenschow A., Challies E., Cotta B. and Newig J. (2021) Contextualizing certification and auditing: Soy certification and access of local communities to land and water in Brazil. World Development 140 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105281.
  • Jager NW., Newig J., Challies E. and Kochskämper E. (2020) Pathways to implementation: Evidence on how participation in environmental governance impacts on environmental outcomes. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 30(3): 383-399. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muz034.
  • Newig J., Challies E., Cotta B., Lenschow A. and Schilling-Vacaflor A. (2020) Governing global telecoupling toward environmental sustainability. Ecology and Society 25(4): 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-11844-250421.
  • Teen R., Roberts L. and Challies E. (2020) Disruption as opportunity for transformation? Insights from water supply contamination in Havelock North, New Zealand. Local Environment 25(10): 810-827. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2020.1839030.