People

I work in a number of different teams. I do have some long-standing collaborations with a number of colleagues.

Dr Margaret Kilvington

mk1Margaret runs her own independent consultancy (ISREF) providing social research, facilitation and evaluation expertise into environmental management initiatives and research programmes. She also actively supports the linkage of biophysical and social science relationships through advice, mentoring and the development of interdisciplinary networks. Margaret has nearly 20 years’ experience working with regional councils, central government agencies and research institutes. Her specialist interests include:

  • Integrating different knowledge within complex decision-making settings
  • Building capacity for collective learning
  • Communication & engagement on natural hazard risk
  • Collaborative governance
  • Managing the interface between research and practice in environmental management

Margaret is committed to practices that improve the learning and response capacity of organisations, groups and communities to the global, national and local environmental challenges they face.

Dr Marina Apgar

marinaMarina Apgar is a Research Fellow with the Participation Research Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies based at the University of Sussex in the UK. Her research interests are informed by complexity theory and the use of participatory action research to support reflection and learning in support of inclusion and poverty reduction. In her last role with the WorldFish Center Marina designed and built the capacity of research teams working with marginalized communities in aquatic agricultural systems in Africa, South and SouthEast Asia and the Pacific for a large multi partner CGIAR research program using a ‘Research in Development’ approach to agricultural research. Previously she spent 10 years working directly with indigenous peoples in Latin America on local resilience and adaptation initiatives, as well as linking to international policy processes as part of a global indigenous climate change assessment initiative that engaged with the UNFCCC. She is passionate about understanding and facilitating the creative space between research processes and development outcomes, through engaging in complex adaptive systems to support reflection, learning and emergence.

Dr Shaun Ogilvie

Director / Environmental Consultant
shaunogilvieShaun manages Eco Research Associates – a New Zealand owned environmental research and consultancy firm. He is an indigenous New Zealander, being of Te Arawa and Ngati Awa descent. He has achieved the position of Associate Professor at Lincoln University, and has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Canterbury. He has almost 20 years experience working on environmental issues. Most notably he is the Māori Business Development and Research Consultant for the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, and a research collaborator with the Lincoln University Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation.

He is a a Principal Investigator for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence), and a past member of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Committee. Shaun has a personal interest in research projects that support Māori community aspirations to sustainably manage the environment and natural resources.