Making his mark in the field of environmental politics

Timothy McGiven University of Waikato student Timothy McGiven has been awarded the 2016 Environmental Politics and Policy Network (EPPN) prize for the best postgraduate paper in the field of environmental politics and policy.

The inaugural prize was awarded to Mr McGiven at the New Zealand Political Studies (NZPSA) conference which was held recently at the University of Waikato.

His paper, titled ‘International Investment Dispute Arbitration: An Analysis of the Environmental and Social Justice Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement for Environmental Governance in New Zealand’, received the following comment from the judging panel:

“The paper provided a clearly articulated, well-researched and persuasive analysis of potential challenges raised by the TPP agreement. It contained analysis of primary policy documents and addressed an important and emergent issue in contemporary environmental politics and policy research.”

Currently studying towards his Master of Environment and Society within Waikato’s Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Mr McGiven was extremely pleased to be awarded the prize.

"The prize is a great encouragement to continue exploring the field of environmental politics and I am grateful to the EPPN for offering it,” he says.

He received $500 and a ticket to the NZPSA conference dinner.

The NZPSA awards five prizes at its annual conference which, in addition to the EPPN prize, include postgraduate prizes for the best paper in the field of Aotearoa New Zealand domestic politics and in any other field of political studies, as well as undergraduate prizes for the best essay on Aotearoa New Zealand politics and Māori politics.

Photo Caption: Timothy McGiven (left) receives his prize from the EPPN Co-Convenor Emeritus Associate Professor Ton Buhrs of Lincoln University.