Sustainable Development

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Abstracts:

Corporate social responsibility practices in a developing country: Empirical evidence from Sri Lanka

The purpose of this thesis is to extend the understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance and disclosure practices, particularly from a developing country perspective. The study captures deeply rooted sociocultural influences affecting the CSR practice by managers of Sri Lankan companies, and makes a comparison with findings from those of a developed country, New Zealand. It also provides empirical insights into how CSR practices are shaped by both local and global forces.

Year: 
2014
Author Name: 
Susith Jude Fernando

Commuting without Polluting: The Economic Geography of Active Transport in Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of car ownership in the world and as such contributes disproportionately to global climate change, cardiovascular disease and obesity. This need not be the case for, among other things, New Zealand cities have the potential to increase the use of walking and cycling. There is substantial evidence that modifying the urban form and design of neighbourhoods can influence the use of active transport. However factors such as those related to employment and income have so far received far less attention as possible influences.

Year: 
2014
Author Name: 
Laura McKim

Sorting It out: Food Waste Separation in Large New Zealand Hotels: Barriers and Incentives

Food waste presents a resource management challenge for New Zealand communities, businesses and governance institutions. The energy, labour, soil, water and myriad other inputs used to grow, manufacture, distribute and prepare food are lost with each kilogram that is thrown away. Numerous technologies enable the energy and nutrient potential within food waste to be recovered. Systems of this type are most efficacious when food is separated from other waste streams at source.

Year: 
2014
Author Name: 
Richard L. Singleton

'Mid-Life Greenness': Environmental Consciousness among European Consumers

Identifying characteristics of green consumers has proven to be a complex undertaking for many researchers and no clear consensus yet exists. This is particularly true of the effect of age on awareness of environmental effects. My aim in this study is to model the relationship between age and environmental consciousness using a large sample of over twenty six thousand respondents in 28 countries to a specially designed survey requested by the European Commission. I use the 2009 Flash Eurobarometer survey (no. 256) designed to address European attitudes towards sustainable consumption.

Year: 
2014
Author Name: 
Benjamin Beer

Sailing for Sustainability: The Potential of Sail Technology as an Adaptation Tool for Oceania. A Voyage of Inquiry and Interrogation through the Lens of a Fijian Case Study

This thesis records an action research-based inquiry into the potential of sail technology as an adaptation intervention for sea-transport that would assist Oceanic communities (at local and national levels) (re)claim resilience in the face of growing threats from climate change and extreme fossil-fuel dependency. The issue is explored at micro, meso, and macro geographic levels and temporally across past heritage, the current situation and looking to a future horizon. A case study approach is employed, where possible focussed through a Fijian lens.

Year: 
2014
Author Name: 
Peter Roger Nuttall

Analysing the Governance Structure of the Yasuni ITT Initiative: What are the potential governance challenges that the Yasuni ITT initiative faces and how are they likely to influence its overall success?

Ecuador is a country with outstanding levels of biodiversity and unique indigenous people, but it is also a country that has relied heavily on the extraction of natural resources to fuel its economy. However, the oil fields lie within fragile natural areas where indigenous groups live. The pressure put on these areas has led to substantial damage in parts of the Amazon region and the extinction of some cultural groups.

Year: 
2014
Author Name: 
Lourdes Guerrero Ocana

Does the Marine Stewardship Council's Eco-labelling Scheme Require Sustainable Fisheries Management?: a Study of the Marine Stewardship Council's Objections Procedure

The Marine Stewardship Council eco-labelling scheme was formed in order to provide a means of promoting sustainable fisheries that moved away from conventional top-down management. In order to remain robust and transparent, MSC allows stakeholders to object to a certification through an objections process outlined by MSC. Over the past 15 years, this objections process has come under increasing scrutiny. The MSC OP has been accused of Ambiguous wording, principal agent issues and an unequal judicial process by some stakeholders and outside commentators.

Year: 
2014
Author Name: 
Joseph Edlin

The functioning and politics of the solar PV technological innovation system in New Zealand: A mixed methods study

As human society nears the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, the cultivation of fossil fuels for energy shows little sign of large scale abatement. The need for large scale, worldwide transitions to more renewable energy is increasingly being emphasised by organisations such as the International Energy Agency. Some countries are leading the way and innovating in energy sources that are much more efficient, create industry, and bring many system benefits- like solar photovoltaic systems (PV).

Year: 
2014
Author Name: 
Andrew Boyles
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