Senior Tutor, Waterways Centre
University of Canterbury
03 364 2330 or 03 364 2987 extension 7987
03 423 0449
Julie is the Senior Tutor at the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management.
My research interests are broadly based around social justice, community wellbeing, sustainable resource management, and education. My Master’s thesis used Actor-Network Theory to examine relationships between Maori, the stars, environmental legislation, knowledge construction, and cultural loss and reclamation. This topic grew from my research involvement in the Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Reserve at Lake Tekapo. I began by looking at whether or not the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) may provide a basis for protecting starlight as a natural and cultural resource, but the project soon evolved into an examination of power/knowledge, cultural wellbeing, and the conflicts between Western scientific and indigenous worldviews. The result was an illumination of actor-networks consisting of people, the natural environment, and legislation, which work in association to produce hybridized knowledge and cultures. The RMA, in this light, may be considered both a product of this hybridization, and a catalyst for it.
Human Geography and Sociology of Education
- Abbari, J., Duell, R., Moffat, M. and Loveridge, A. (2011) Review of World Heritage Committee Operational Guidelines in Relation to Starlight Reserves: WHC Guidelines & Starlight Reserves: Report for the Astro-Tourism Lake Tekapo Aoraki Mt Cook Starlight Reserve Working Group. School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury: Christchurch, NZ. Available at: http://digital-library.canterbury.ac.nz.ezproxy.canterbury.ac.nz/data/library7/ebooks/WHCGuidelines.pdf
- Abbari, J. (2013) ‘The Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Reserve and Management of a Cultural Resource’. Resource Management Theory and Practice, Vol. 9, p 272-289. Available at: http://www.rmla.org.nz/upload/files/order_forms/rmtp_2013_(vol_9)_order_form.pdf
- Abbari, J. (2013) ‘Starlight and the Resource Management Act 1991’. Proceedings from the Third International Starlight Conference, Lake Tekapo, June 2012. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury: Christchurch, NZ. In press.