Dr Christina Hanna

Qualifications: BEP Waikato, PhD Waikato

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About Christina

Christina's research examines the governance of risk reduction and climate change adaptation, with a focus on the role of environmental planning. An important research theme is the application of managed retreat to reduce risks to human lives, assets, and ecosystems. More broadly, Christina's research encompasses:

  • Environmental governance
  • Local government law and planning in New Zealand
  • Environmental policy and law
  • Adaptive planning
  • Special focus areas - resource management instruments and frameworks, planning methods, spatial planning,  collaborative planning and community resilience


Climate; Environment; Environmental Policy and Politics; Environmental Resources and Planning; Environmental Risks

Managed retreat

Research Interests

Managed retreat, climate change adaptation, environmental policy, adaptive planning

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Recent Publications

  • White, I., & Hanna, C. (2021). Managed Retreat(s) and the science-policy-practice interface. In Environmental Research Institute Seminar Series.

  • Tennakoon, K., Serrao-Neumann, S., & Hanna, C. (2021). Examining the incorporation of small-scale recurring disasters in emergency management frameworks: Insights from Aotearoa – New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 102595. doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102595

  • Lawrence, J., McCleave, G., & Hanna, C. (2021). Coastal adaptation and managed retreat. Build, 184(June / July), 54-56.

  • Hanna, C., Glavovic, B., & White, I. (2021). When climate change and other emergencies threaten where we live, how will we manage our retreat?. The Conversation. Retrieved from

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