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Mrs Penny Payne

Senior Research Officer, Co-Lead of the Eco-index Programme

Qualifications: BSc Psychology (Hons), MSc Community Psychology

Personal Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/penny-payne/

Penny graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (First Class Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014, followed by a Masters in Community Psychology from the University of Waikato in 2015. She then received a Summer Scholarship from the Waikato Regional Council, and went on to work for AgResearch in the Social Research Unit until 2021. Research areas included biosecurity, resilience in rural communities, monitoring and evaluation, and entomophagy (consumption of insects). Penny uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, primarily surveys, interviews and social network analysis. In a broad sense, her work focuses on measuring and enhancing the outcomes and impacts of research.

Journal articles and book chapters

Payne, P., Kaye-Blake, B., Kelsey, A. & Brown, M. (2021). Measuring community resilience: Case studies in New Zealand and Vermont. Journal of Ecology and Society.

Payne, P. (2019). Talking to communities: How other small towns view their resilience. In M. Brown, B. Kaye-Blake, & P. Payne (eds.) In Heartland Strong: How rural New Zealand can change and thrive (p.46-59). Massey University Press, Auckland.

Payne, P. (2019). A new framework to measure resilience. In M. Brown, B. Kaye-Blake, & P. Payne (eds.) In Heartland Strong: How rural New Zealand can change and thrive (p.78-91). Massey University Press, Auckland.

Brown, M., Kaye-Blake, & Payne, P. (eds.). (2019). In Heartland Strong: How rural New Zealand can change and thrive. Massey University Press, Auckland.

Payne, P., Kaye-Blake, B., Stirrat, K., Ellison, R., Smith, M. & Brown, M. (2018). Identifying resilience dimensions and thresholds: Evidence from four rural communities in New Zealand. Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/21693293.2018.1545339.

Payne, P. Finlay-Smits, S., Small, B., Cave, V. & Kean, J. (In preprint). What’s that bug? Citizen science for biosecurity in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. Journal of Biological Invasion (under review).

Payne, P. & Percy, H. (2019). Who talks to who about environmental farm practices in New Zealand: A social network analysis. New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management Journal, 23(2), 16-21.

Young, W., Arojju, S. K., McNeill, M. R., Rettedal, E., Gathercole, J., Bell, N. & Payne, P. (2020). Feeding bugs to bugs: Edible insects modify the human gut microbiome in an in vitro fermentation model. Frontiers in Microbiology, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2020.01763/full

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Terrestrial Systems

Expertise

Psychology; Social Science Research

Biodiversity, Biosecurity, Resilience