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Dr Anna Palliser
Teaching Staff, Environmental Management
Dr Anna Palliser

Anna has been teaching at SIT since 2010 and is a passionate teacher and researcher who believes strongly in local resource management, local knowledge, and local development of food systems. She emigrated from the UK in 2006 and is now a proud citizen of Aotearoa. She has two daughters, a huge garden, dogs and chickens. Anna’s research interests include sustainable food systems, community-based natural resource management, ecological resilience, customary and local fish management, phronetic social science research, participation and policy design, the science policy interface, environmental communication, and social involvement/collaboration in climate change action. 


2015: PhD (Environmental Management), University of Otago 

2013: Certificate of Adult Education, Southern Institute of Technology 

2011: Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori, Southern Institute of Technology 

2006: MSc (Education for Sustainable Development), University of Wales, Carmarthen, UK. 

2004: PGCE, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. 

1991: Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Trinity College, London 

1979: BSc (Zoology), University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK 


Teaching Staff, Environmental Management 


BSc Environmental Management 

GradDip Environmental Management 


Invercargill Main Campus, G 2-230 

Professional Memberships/ Certifications/ Committees
  • Member of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA). 
  • Member of Murihiku Kai Collective, a group representing organisations and individuals working to bring a thriving local food system to Southland, Aotearoa. 
External Profiles
Selected Research
  • Palliser, A. (2021). Conflict and complexity in environmental decision-making. Community participation in Hector’s dolphin management. In Belgrade, D & Dodson, G. (Eds.). Tutira Mai: Making Change in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 227-242). Massey University Press.
  • Dodson, G. & Palliser A. (2019). Advancing practical theory in environmental communication: A phronetic analysis of environmental participation and dialogue in New Zealand. In Hunt, K., Walker, G.B.  & Depoe, S. (Eds.). Breaking boundaries: innovative practices in communication and public participation in environmental decision-making (pp.19-38). New York: SUNY Press.
  • Palliser A. & Dodson G. (2019) Avoiding post-truth environmental conflict in New Zealand: Communicating uncertainties in endangered species science. Journal of Science Communication, 18, article A05.
  • Ellis, D. & Palliser, A. (2019). Damming the dam sixty years on: continued conflict over the Manapouri hydro-electric power scheme, New Zealand. Southern Institute of Technology Journal of Applied Research.
  • Palliser A. & Dodson G. (2017) Uncertainty, complexity and controversy in dolphin threat management: A role for post-normal science? Environmental Science & Policy, 78, 74-80.
External Funding
  • Fulbright Scholarship 2019 to research in the USA for four months
  • Full scholarship awarded by Otago University for PhD studies
  • EU scholarship for Master’s studies
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship on Urban food systems, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
  • Part of the Murihiku Kai Collective Working group.
  • Co-president for SIT of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU).

Anna has given regular talks in the local community, including to the Invercargill Rotary Club, Ecofest Invercargill, South Alive Local Food Evening, and NZ Forest and Bird Association. Each year she also takes students on a conservation weekend helping to eradicate a wildling pine infestation from a sustainably managed local highland farm. She was invited to speak at COP 23, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn in 2017, about groups in Aotearoa working for climate change. When in the USA on her Fulbright Scholarship, she gave talks at several USA Universities and community groups about her Fulbright Scholarship research. 

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