Charlotte Šunde

Charlotte Šunde

Social Scientist – Policy and Planning

Role at Cawthron

Charlotte Šunde is a Social Scientist in the Coastal and Freshwater Group at Cawthron. She is interested in building effective cross-cultural relationships between indigenous peoples and western-trained scientists and resource managers. Charlotte has worked with communities, councils and iwi in many parts of New Zealand.

Charlotte’s work has included studying co-management between iwi and government agencies; experimenting with novel forms of environmental education such as using creative arts; critiquing valuation frameworks to incorporate a wider diversity of values in decision making; and exploring complex systems and ecosystem-based management. Charlotte draws from philosophical traditions in the humanities, theoretical framings in the social sciences, and practical applications in resource management, planning and the environmental sciences.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Social science skillset, including conducting in-depth interviews and analysis
  • Leading and facilitating collaborative management initiatives
  • Advising on environmental planning and policy issues
  • Developing valuation frameworks and principles

Professional affiliations

  • Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture (ASLEC-ANZ)
  • New Zealand Geographical Society
  • International Center for Transdisciplinary Research and Studies (CIRET)


  • PhD (Resource and Environmental Planning), Massey University, 2004
  • BRP (First Class Honours), Massey University, 1997

    Charlotte Šunde