Dr Raven Cretney

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Qualifications: BA (Victoria University of Wellington, MEnvi (Victoria University of Wellington), PhD (RMIT)

About Raven

Raven's research focuses on the politics of disaster response and recovery, the theory and practice of effective citizen engagement and participation, and community led approaches to environmental management and conservation. Her work spans the disciplines of human geography and political science.

She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in environmental planning in the School of Social Sciences.

She has also taught in the areas of human geography, environmental studies, development studies, and environmental politics and policy.

Research Interests

Her research interests include: disaster politics; resilience; activism; citizen engagement and participation; conservation & participatory environmental management.

Recent Publications

  • Nissen, S., & Cretney, R. (2021). Retrofitting an emergency approach to the climate crisis: A study of two climate emergency declarations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. doi:10.1177/23996544211028901

  • Barrett, P., Kurian, P., Simmonds, N., & Cretney, R. (2021). Explaining reflexive governance through discursive institutionalism: estuarine restoration in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. doi:10.1080/1523908X.2021.1885358

  • Munshi, D., Kurian, P., Cretney, R., Morrison, S. L., & Kathlene, L. (2020). Centering culture in public engagement on climate change. Environmental Communication, 14(5), 573-581. doi:10.1080/17524032.2020.1746680

  • Lobo, M., Duffy, M., Witcomb, A., Brennan-Horley, C., Kelly, D. L., Barry, K., . . . Wolifson, P. (2020). Practising lively geographies in the city: encountering Melbourne through experimental field-based workshops. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. doi:10.1080/03098265.2020.1712684

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Environment Issues; Environmental Policy and Politics; Environmental Politics; Geography; Human Geography

Disaster Politics; Resilience; Activism