Dr Julie Leigh MacArthur
BA (Hons) (Waterloo), MAPPS (UBC), PhD (SFU)
Dr Julie MacArthur hails from Vancouver, Canada. Prior to joining the University of Auckland, Julie worked in South Korea, Australia, Canada and England in a number of government, research and teaching roles. She holds a PhD in political science from Simon Fraser University (2012), a Master of Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Hons) from the University of Waterloo.
Research | Current
- Environmental politics and policy
- Participatory governance
- Renewable energy policies
- Social and solidarity economies
- Gender and climate resilience
- Indigenous energy and climate initiatives
I am working on three current research projects. The first investigates the nature and politics of community renewable energy in New Zealand, Denmark and the United Kingdom, and is funded by the RSNZ Marsden Fund (2017-2021). The second examines renewable energy policy dynamics in New Zealand (2015-2018), and the third explores the role of women in New Zealand's electricity sector (2018-2020), and is funded by a University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award.
My research is focused on finding best practices and policy innovations that can enable the development of climate resilient infrastructure. It will also assess the potential of small-scale projects and social economy organizations to shape new policy initiatives through comparative investigation of bottom up renewables in various political contexts.
Teaching | Current
POLICY 701 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
POLITICS 222 Public Policy: Actors, Processes and Politics
POLITICS 313 Governing Planet Earth: Debates in Environmental Politics
I am interested in supervising new Masters and PhD students in the following areas:
- Comparative public policy
- Environmental politics and policy
- Energy policy and climate justice
- Green political economy
- Social enterprises and the social economy
Completed Masters & PhD supervisions:
- Simon Holden (MA) "Determinants of climate change aid: new and old donors in Northeast Asia"
- Ruby Knight (MPP) – Decentring Decentralization: The Unfulfilled Promise of Educational Equity for Indigenous Communities"
- Craig McWilliams (MPP) – Has Auckland Missed the Bus? A Multiple Streams Exploration of Auckland Transport Policy Changes in the Last 60 Years”
- Nicola Grant (MPP) "Tackling Climate Change While Feeding the World: Farm Group Lobbying and Food Security Discourse in New Zealand Climate Policy"
- Max Lin (MA) "From Panama to Papatoetoe: The Politics of Tax Competition in New Zealand"
- Hannah Wilson (Co-supervised MA) "Who Deserves to be Refugee in the 21st Century? Understanding the concept and status of refugees in the context of international movements of people driven by climate change"
- Jonathan Talbot (MA) "Governmentality, Advanced Liberalism and the New Zealand Prison System"
- Aoife Richmond (MPP) "A Comparative Analysis of Co-Governance: The James Bay and Waikato River Cases"
- Julie Walter (MPP) "An examination of the influence of the international trade regime on renewable energy support policies"
- Meredith Lawry (MPP) “Pest Management Policy in Canada and New Zealand”
- Natalia Tropotova (MPP) "Comparing citizen engagement in the development of public services in Denmark and New Zealand"
- Stephanie Gard'ner (MPP) "A Tale of Two Cities: Social Sustainability in Auckland and Vancouver"
- Kristian Ablan (MPP) "Why is Disaster Response Policy in the Philippines So Disastrous?"
2018 Early Career Research Excellence Award, University of Auckland
2017-2020 Royal Society of New Zealand, Marsden Fast Start Grant
2015 SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Publishing Award
2013 Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal, Simon Fraser University
2010 Margaret Dale Philp Award, Canadian Federation of University Women
Politics and International Relations MA Program Coordinator
Politics and International Relations Outreach Coordinator & Newsletter Editor
Pacific Outlier blog staff editor
Areas of expertise
Environmental politics and policy, participatory governance, renewable energy policies, social and solidarity economies.
Research Associate, University of Auckland Energy Centre
Research Associate, University of Auckland Public Policy Institute
Executive Secretary, New Zealand Political Studies Association 2015-2017
Convenor, New Zealand Political Studies Association Environmental Politics and Policy Network 2014-2018
Co-chair 2014 New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Conference
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Hoicka, C. E., & MacArthur, J. L. (2018). From tip to toes: Mapping community energy models in Canada and New Zealand. Energy Policy, 121, 162-174. 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.06.002
- MacArthur, J., & Matthewman, S. (2018). Populist resistance and alternative transitions: Indigenous ownership of energy infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand. Energy Research & Social Science10.1016/j.erss.2018.05.009
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Steve Matthewman
- MacArthur, J. L. (2017). Community energy transitions in Aotearoa New Zealand. In L. Holstenkamp, J. Radke (Eds.) Handbuch Energiewende und Partizipation (pp. 937-948). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. 10.1007/978-3-658-09416-4_55
- MacArthur, J. L. (2017). Trade, Tarsands and Treaties: The political economy context of community energy in Canada. Sustainability, 9 (3)10.3390/su9030464
- MacArthur, J. L. (2016). Challenging public engagement: participation, deliberation and power in renewable energy policy. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6 (3), 631-640. 10.1007/s13412-015-0328-7
- MacArthur, J. L. (2016). Empowering Electricity: Co-operatives, Sustainability and Power Sector Reform in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press. Pages: 276. Related URL.
- MacArthur, J. (2015). Environmental governance. Oxford bibliographies (pp. ). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0120
- MacArthur, J. L. (2015). Towards Sustainable Resource Management: Community Energy and Forestry in British Columbia and Alberta. In M. Gismondi, S. Conolly, M. Beckie, S. Markey, M. Roseland (Eds.) Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press. 10.15215/aupress/9781771990219.01
Tuesdays 3-4pm or by appointment
Primary office location
HUMAN SCIENCES BUILDING - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 5, Room 541
10 SYMONDS ST