Dr Christina Hanna

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Qualifications: BEP Waikato, PhD Waikato

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:

  • Governance, spatial planning and regulation
  • 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, property rights, collaborative governance and community resilience

Papers Taught

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

  • Hanna, C., White, I., & Glavovic, B. (2020). The Uncertainty Contagion: Revealing the Interrelated, Cascading Uncertainties of Managed Retreat. Sustainability, 12(2), 736. doi:10.3390/su12020736 Open Access version:

  • Hanna, C., White, I., & Glavovic, B. (2019). Managing retreat in New Zealand: National planning direction, funding and social constraints. In Weaving the Strands - Annual NZPI Conference. Napier, New Zealand: New Zealand Planning Institute.

  • Hanna, C., White, I., & Glavovic, B. (2019). Planning to Retreat: Governance challenges and policy learning in New Zealand. In Climate Adaptation Initiative. Colombia Law School Conference: At what point managed retreat?. New York.

  • Hanna, C., White, I., & Glavovic, B. (2019). Managed retreat in practice: mechanisms and challenges for implementation. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Natural Hazard Science. Oxford, UK.: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.350

Find more research publications by Christina Hanna


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

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Hanna, Ms Christina 9324 channa I.2.12 Environmental Planning

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