Dr Pip Wallace

Convenor, Undergraduate Student Adviser (Environmental Planning)

Qualifications: LLB Auck, LLM (Hons) Waikato, PhD Waikato

School of Social Sciences


About Pip

My particular expertise is in resource management law and practice. My research has a focus on examining the intersections between natural systems and regulatory frameworks and the implications of this for law and planning. An important theme relates to biodiversity conservation and finding solutions to challenges, particularly those relating to coexistence between humans and wildlife. More broadly my research concerns:

  • All areas of  Environmental Law, with particular focus on the Resource Management Act 1991 and statutory processes governing resource use, development and protection.
  • Spatial planning, regulation and governance
  • Local government law and planning
  • The common law as it relates to the environment
  • Special focus areas - resource management plans, development, conservation, biodiversity, threatened species, planning methods, spatial planning, internalisation of effects, property rights, farming, organic production, professional planning practice, the legal aspects of environmental modelling and other decision support tools.

Teaching Awards

  • 2015 The University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2015 The Faculty of Arts and Social Science Teaching Excellence Award


Environment; Environmental Impacts; Environmental Law; Environmental Policy and Politics; Environmental Resources and Planning; Law

Resource management law, planning law, resource management plans, conservation and wildlife protection conservation planning, organic farms and the law, drones, UAV/RPA, environmental models, decision support tools.

Recent Publications

  • Wallace, P. (2016). Aerial conflicts: Drone regulation and gaps in spatial protection. Resource Management Journal, (August), 17-22. Open Access version: hdl:10289/10666

  • Wallace, P. (2016). Unnatural divides: Species protection in a fragmented legal landscape.. Policy Quarterly, 12(1), 10-16. Retrieved from Open Access version: hdl:10289/10005

  • Wallace, P. (2016). Managing human disturbance of wildlife in coastal areas. New Zealand Geographer, 72(2), 133-143. doi:10.1111/nzg.12124

  • Wallace, P. (2016). Making space; managing human disturbance of wildlife in coastal areas. In 10th Australasian Shorebird Conference. Conference held at Unitec Institute of Technology, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Papers Taught

Associations and Memberships

Member Resource Management Law Association

Full Member New Zealand Planning Institute

Member IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Wallace, Pip 9167 pwallace HI.2.03 Environmental Planning