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

I am working on two current projects: one on the politics of community renewable energy in New Zealand, Denmark and the United Kingdom funded by the RSNZ Marsden Fund and another on renewable energy policy dynamics in New Zealand . This research is designed to find 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. This research builds on my earlier work on the role of electricity co-operatives in Canada, published in the recent book 'Empowering Electricity: Co-operatives, Sustainability and Power Sector Reform in Canada' (UBC Press, 2016). 

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

Postgraduate supervision

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:

  • 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?"


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 co-editor (with Dr Chris Wilson)

Areas of expertise

Environmental politics and policy, participatory governance, renewable energy policies, social and solidarity economies.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Environmental Politics and Policy Network Convenor, NZPSA​

Researcher, University of Auckland Energy Centre

Executive Secretary, New Zealand Political Studies Association 2015-2017

Co-chair 2014 New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Conference

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33814
  • 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
  • MacArthur, J. L. (2014). Sustainability and the Social Economy in Canada: From Resource Reliance to Resilience?. In T. Fitzpatrick (Ed.) International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. Related URL.
  • MacArthur, J. L. (2012). Community EmPOWERment? TREC, Co-operatives, and the Future of Renewable Electricity in Canada. i4 eJournal Related URL.


Contact details

Office hours

Tuesdays 3-4pm or by appointment

Primary location

Level 5, Room 541
New Zealand

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