Dr Pip Wallace

Senior Lecturer, Convenor, Undergraduate Student Adviser (Environmental Planning)

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

School of Social Sciences


About Pip

Pip is the Convenor of the Environmental Planning Programme and teaches in areas related to resource management law, planning and practice. Pip's 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 Pip's 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

  • Özkundakci, D., Wallace, P., Jones, H. F. E., Hunt, S., & Giles, H. (2018). Building a reliable evidence base: Legal challenges in environmental decision-making call for a more rigorous adoption of best practices in environmental modelling. Environmental Science and Policy, 88, 52-62. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2018.06.018

  • Wallace, P., Martin, R., & White, I. (2018). Keeping pace with technology: drones, disturbance and policy deficiency. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 61(7), 1271-1288. doi:10.1080/09640568.2017.1353957 Open Access version:

  • Wallace, P. J. (2018). Corridors of Passage; legal opportunities and policy tools to plan and provide for connectivity. In Society for Conservation Biology 5th Oceania Congress (SCBO). Conference held at Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Wallace, P., & White, I. (2018). The impact of predictive models as decision support tools in environmental planning. In New Zealand Geographical Society and the Institute of Australian Geographers (NZGS/IAG): Creative Conversations, Constructive Connections. Conference held at University of Auckland, 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

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Wallace, Dr Pip 9167 pwallace HI.2.03 Environmental Planning