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Environmental Planning

The Environmental Planning Programme is within the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences and has links to other subjects such as Geography, Science and Engineering and Māori and Indigenous studies.

Many of the major public policy challenges in Aotearoa NZ and overseas have strong planning dimensions (e.g. freshwater quality, affordable housing, population and urbanisation growth, transport planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation, resilience to natural hazards.), and require interdisciplinary solutions. Our qualifications recognise this and enable students to develop flexible and interdisciplinary programmes of study.

Planning related issues attract substantial public interest and feature regularly in news coverage. Research in environmental planning contributes to public debates and informs decision-making. The Programme has a strong vocational focus and is committed to producing work-ready graduates in line with professional standards. This means that students who graduate with our accredited degree are in very high demand in the workforce.


Study Environmental Planning

Environmental Planning at Waikato develops your knowledge of how human actions affects the environment. We'll inspire you to understand how social, economic and cultural aspects, and the physical environment contribute to problems and provide solutions.
During your Environmental Planning studies, we'll involve you in a variety of other academic pursuits that enable you to understand the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. You'll take papers in the social and natural sciences and make direct connections between human actions, politics and the natural environment.

Learning isn't all in the classroom, either. We take frequent field trips to explore first-hand the impact humans have on the local environment. You'll do practical group research projects such as investigate urban regeneration of the Central Business District and study policy options to manage human impact on coastal systems.

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Career opportunities

With our accredited degree, career options are diverse and in high-demand:

  • City Planner
  • Community Planner
  • Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Educator
  • Iwi Management Planner
  • Policy Analyst or Advisor
  • Private Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Researcher
  • Resource Consent Planner
  • Reserves Planner

Marcus Fletcher

Bachelor of Environmental Planning

“Learning about Aotearoa’s resource management law, how to plan cities and combating the pressures of climate change makes this degree extremely satisfying and beneficial."

Marcus grew up in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, went to Melville High School, and chose to study for a Bachelor of Environmental Planning after seeing the effect iron sand mining was having in Tahāroa, southwest of Kawhia, where he and his family spent many summer holidays.

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