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Dr Claudia Gonnelli
Teaching Staff, Environmental Management
Dr Claudia Gonnelli

Claudia’s PhD looked at the role of legislated public participation during large scale wind farm proposals in Italy and Aotearoa New Zealand. Specifically, her thesis focused on the perspective of local authorities and how stakeholder’s perception can affect the spaces for and the outcomes of public engagement. Claudia’s research interests include renewable energy, citizen science and community energy, public participation, sustainable development, and gender issues.


2020: PhD (Environmental Science), University of Auckland 

2013: Masters in International Relations & Diplomatic Affairs, University of Bologna, Italy 

2010: Bachelor Degree in Language and Cultural Mediation (Chinese & English), University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy 


Teaching Staff, Environmental Management


Bachelor of Environmental Management 

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management


Invercargill Main Campus, G2-227

Selected Research
  • Berka, A. L., MacArthur, J. L., & Gonnelli, C. (2020). Explaining inclusivity in energy transitions: Local and community energy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 34, 165-182.
  • Gonnelli, C., Yoon, H. K., Fisher, K., & MacArthur, J. (2018). On-Track, But Off-Target New Zealand’s 90% Renewable Electricity Target and District Council Planning. In Transition Towards 100% Renewable Energy (pp. 149-156). Springer, Cham.
  • MacArthur, J., Berka, A. & Gonnelli, C. (2018, July). ‘Flaxroots’ energy innovation in New Zealand: A baseline study and research agenda. 2018 IPSA World Congress of Political Science, DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.13230.82241

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