Jim Sinner

Jim Sinner

Manager – Social Science

Role at Cawthron

Jim leads the social science team at Cawthron. Jim’s main areas of work are freshwater and coastal management and marine biosecurity, and he has also worked on climate change, trade policy and fisheries management. Jim is particularly interested in how people engage with environmental policy development and implementation. His latest research project is Te Whakakotahitanga mo te Taiao: Fostering Collective Responsibility, in which Jim and his co-researchers are exploring how catchment groups, working with tangata whenua, can be supported to achieve freshwater objectives.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Water management
  • Marine biosecurity
  • Leadership of research projects on sustainable development concepts and principles, focusing on collaborative governance and market-based instruments

Professional affiliations

  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
  • New Zealand Association of Resource Management


  • MSc (Agriculture and Resource Economics). Cornell University, 1986
  • BA. Harvard University, 1981
Jim Sinner