Dr Julie Leigh MacArthur

BA (Hons) (Waterloo), MAPPS (UBC), PhD (SFU)

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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 two 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 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

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:

  • Claudia Gonnelli (PhD) "Local governments, communities and wind farm proposals: an insiders’ perspective in Italy and New Zealand"
  • Agkillah Maniam (PhD) "Federalism and Policy Implementation: The case of Malaysia’s Central Forest Spine"
  • Kimi Worrell (M Energy) - "Stuck in Traffic: New DIrections in Sustainable Transport Policy in Auckland"
  • Simon Holden (MA) -  "Determinants of Climate Change Aid: New and Old Donors in Northeast Asia"
  • Kang Wook Jeon (MPP) – "How Democratic can Foreign Policy be? A case study of the Republic of Korea"
  • 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

2017                   Women in Leadership Program, University of Auckland

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


  • Master of Public Policy program coordinator

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental politics and policy
  • Participatory governance
  • Renewable energy policies
  • Social and solidarity economies

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • MacArthur, J. L., Hoicka, C. E., Castleden, H., Das, R., & Lieu, J (2020). Canada's Green New Deal: Forging the socio-political foundations of climate resilient infrastructure?. Energy Research and Social Science, 6510.1016/j.erss.2020.101442
  • Berka, A. L., MacArthur, J. L., & Gonnelli, C. (2020). Explaining inclusivity in energy transitions: Local and community energy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 34, 165-182. 10.1016/j.eist.2020.01.006
  • Hoicka, C. E., & MacArthur, J. (2019). The infrastructure for electricity: A technical overview. In K. J. Hancock, J. Allison (Eds.) Oxford handbook of energy politics (pp. ). New York, USA: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190861360.013.33
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47794
  • MacArthur, J. L., Matthewman, S., Berka, A., Poletti, S., & Bargh, M. (2018). Policy strategies for inclusive renewable energy in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Auckland: Public Policy Institute, University of Auckland. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Steve Matthewman, Stephen Poletti
  • MacArthur, J. L., & Hoicka, C. E. (2018). From tip to toes: Mapping community energy models in Canada and New Zealand. Energy Policy, 121, 162-162. 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.06.002
  • MacArthur, J. L., & Matthewman, S. (2018). Populist resistance and alternative transitions: Indigenous ownership of energy infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand. Energy Research and Social Science, 43 (24), 16-24. 10.1016/j.erss.2018.05.009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Steve Matthewman
  • MacArthur, J. L. (2018). Community energy transitions in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In L. Holstenkamp, J. Radke (Eds.) Handbuch Energiewende und Partizipation (pp. 937-948). Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer VS. 10.1007/978-3-658-09416-4_55
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38484
  • MacArthur, J. L. (2017). Trade, Tarsands and Treaties: The political economy context of community energy in Canada. Sustainability, 9 (3)10.3390/su9030464


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Fridays 1-2pm, or by appointment

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 541
New Zealand

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