Dr Pip Wallace

Pip Wallace

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

About Pip

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

Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • 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.

  • White, I., & Wallace, P. (2018). Why don’t we get the things we say we want? Uncovering the hidden logics of public reason, calculative rationality, and decision support tools. In The Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference. Conference held Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from

  • 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

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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.