Dr. Edy MacDonald has substantial experience integrating theoretical frameworks with interdisciplinary methods to develop programs and interventions that support a more sustainable society. She is currently the Manager of Social Science at the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of her research and work, Edy has taken a leadership role in developing multidisciplinary teams to address complex issues and has extensive experience working with a variety of stakeholders including government agencies, underrepresented groups, the general public, NGO’s and researchers.
Current projects underpin her expertise in applying social science methodologies to understand and change behaviour and include:
Exploring New Zealand’s social license to novel pest control techniques (funded by the NSC)
Understanding how to activate urban NZers for greater conservation gains- Auckland as a case study
Increasing compliance to mitigate the spread of kauri dieback disease
Social impact assessment of going predator free on the Stewart Island community
A member of the government’s science advisory group for Myrtle Rust
As an adjunct research fellow, Edy can strengthen the relationship between VUW and DOC by offering access to high level of industry expertise in psychology as it relates to conservation, inroad to DOC for projects, case studies, and field experiments and alignment of teaching programme to industry needs with Edy as a guest lecture or offer symposiums.