Marc Tadaki

Marc Tadaki

Social Scientist – People, Policy, and Planning

Role at Cawthron

Marc is a broadly trained human geographer with an interest in understanding how science and governance arrangements can work together to secure just and ecologically sustainable outcomes. His research focusses on 1) advancing theory and practice of environmental governance, 2) critical analysis of New Zealand’s resource management system, and 3) understanding how environmental science both reflects and shapes societal values.

Marc draws from a range of theoretical traditions in the social sciences, including environmental geography, political ecology, science and technology studies, environmental sociology, planning, and critical policy studies, as well as interdisciplinary fields like sustainability science and ecological economics.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Environmental science in/and decision making
  • Collaborative environmental governance
  • Freshwater and marine resource management
  • Expertise and democracy
  • Qualitative social science methods including interviewing, participant observation, and discourse analysis

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Geographical Society
  • American Association of Geographers
  • Associate Editor, People and Nature


  • PhD Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2019
  • MSc Geography, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2012
  • BSc Geography, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2010
  • BA Economics and Film Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2010

Marc Tadaki