Miria Goodwin, Strategy Advisor, Canterbury Water Management StrategyEnvironment Canterbury Regional Council
Strategy Advisor, Canterbury Water Management Strategy
Environment Canterbury Regional Council
Following six years as a social scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Miria has worked at Environment Canterbury for the past three years within the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) team. Miria has been participating in processes for health and social impact assessment in a variety of projects across Canterbury, including the collaborative processes underway for the setting of environmental limits.
Marjan van den Belt, Director & Principal Ecological Economist, Ecological Economics Research New Zealand, Massey University
Marjan van den Belt
Director & Principal Ecological Economist,
Ecological Economics Research New Zealand, Massey University
Prior to arrival in Palmerston North in 2009, Marjan was an independent consultant with Mediated Modeling Partners, LLC in Vermont, USA, which she founded. She authored the book "Mediated Modeling: as System Dynamics Approach to Environmental Consensus Building", published by Island Press in 2004. She is currently a strategy advisor for a European hedge fund specializing in sustainability investing; Roodhals Capital's Branta Solutions Fund.
Native to the Netherlands, Marjan received a Masters in Business Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam (1991). In 2000, she received a Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences and a Certificate in Ecological Economics from the University of Maryland, USA.
Senior Scientist – Policy and Planning, Cawthron Institute
Jim Sinner is a Senior Scientist in the Coastal and Freshwater Group at Cawthron, where he is the Science Leader for Social Science. Jim uses his background in economics and public policy to collaborate across multiple disciplines, working with government and resource users to integrate information and insights from biophysical and social science to address environmental management challenges. Jim’s main areas of work are freshwater and coastal management and marine biosecurity, and he has also worked on climate change policy, trade policy and fisheries management.
For a research project on Freshwater Values, Monitoring and Outcomes, Jim and his co-researchers are exploring how “value” is perceived, constructed, measured and negotiated in freshwater management, including through collaborative processes. Originally from North Dakota, Jim attended Harvard and Cornell Universities and worked in the US Congress before moving to New Zealand in 1991, where he has worked for 22 years in government, consultancy, advocacy and research roles concerning resource management and environmental stewardship.