Social and Cultural


Fundamental to CIBR’s work is the involvement of local communities to explore the important social, cultural and economic factors associated with biowaste reuse options. The Social and Cultural research group conducts participatory action research with stakeholders to encourage shared learning and ensure that the biophysical scientists develop real world solutions that are appropriate for communities. Some of the research questions that the Social and Cultural team are investigating are:

- How to engage with communities regarding reuse of biowaste?

- Which are Māori worldviews about sustainability and how to apply them for reducing and recycling biowaste?

- Which are the drivers for changing behaviours in citizens?


Meet our team:

Lisa Langer - Science Leader

Lisa Langer - social team science leaderLisa is a social scientist at Scion with extensive expertise in qualitative social research, leading the Scion component of CIBR. She specialises in facilitating community dialogue to enable decision-making for sustainable solutions and integrating environmental, economic, life cycle assessment, social and cultural research, particularly within biowaste management. Lisa’s other main area of research is community resilience and recovery following wildfires. / +64 3 364 2987 ext 7204





Virginia (Jinny) Baker

Virginia baker - social scientist

Jinny is a social scientist at ESR, whose expertise includes group facilitation technologies, community consultation and workshop design, and qualitative data collection. She uses systems thinking and participatory action research to understand the interface between science, policy and diverse stakeholders in the community, including Māori. Her skills have been used to design and deliver the social science aspects of CIBR’s work. / +64 4 914 0693 




 Alan Leckie

alan leckie - social scientist

Alan Leckie is a social researcher at Scion. Alan has a passion for communicating science and has 10 years of experience in community engagement. Alan brings particular strength to community engagement by developing bonds between CIBR researchers and stakeholders, local government, iwi and the private sector which are key to enabling effective two way communication with communities. / +64 3 364 2987 ext 7207




Jamie Ataria

jamie ataria - social researcher

Jamies iwi affiliations include Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu, and Ngati Tuwharetoa. He is a senior lecturer at Lincoln University where he lectures in ecotoxicology and Maori and the environment. James also works for the Cawthron Institute on Maori business development and ecotoxicology. As a Trustee of the Tuaropaki Trust James strives to support sustainable Māori development and cultural aspirations through scientific research. / +64 3 423 0729 



Joanna Goven

joanna govenJoanna is currently Deputy Director of the Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety (INBI) at the University of Canterbury and Director of Kukupa Research. Her work for CIBR applies her experience both in developing and analysing methods for incorporating public participation into decision-making on issues involving science and technology and in researching the social and political implications of science and technology. / +64 3 304 6861