Administration and management


Administered and managed by ESR, the CIBR team encorporates scientists and researchers from Scion (external link) Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research (external link) Cawthron Institute (external link) Lowe Environmental Impact (external link) University of Canterbury (external link) Massey University (external link) NIWA (external link) , Northcott Research Consultants and Kukupa Research. Other scientists and organisations also contribute their expertise to our research, such as EcoQuest Ecological Foundation.


Our vision

A New Zealand where all biowaste is reused safely and sustainably.

Our mission

To facilitate more sustainable options for reusing biowaste by building greater understanding of the environmental risks and benefits of applying biowastes (particularly biosolids) to land.

Programme Manager: Dr Maria Gutierrez Gines

Maria Gutierrez Gines - programme leaderAs well as leading CIBR, Maria is a senior scientist at ESR. Her research aims to establish NZ native vegetation in degraded soils amended with biowaste, and to discover which plant species benefit from biowaste application in low fertility soils in terms of growth and nutrient uptake. Maria manages the CIBR programme and guides the integration of the social, cultural and biophysical science programme components together. / +64 4 914 0686



The CIBR Advisory Group

The Advisory Group meets quarterly and provides input into the long-term direction of the programme. This group ensures that the CIBR’s outputs are aligned to end-user needs, and provides guidance and direction on uptake and implementation of research outputs.



Last update 05/04/2019