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Bronwyn Hayward

Professor of Politics, University of Canterbury

Bronwyn is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, and Director of The Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination Research group. She was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in 2021 for her work on climate change, youth and sustainability. Her research focuses on the intersection of sustainable development, youth, climate change and citizenship.
She is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR6 report (cities & infrastructure), a member of the IPCC "core writing team" and a lead author for the 2018 Special Report on 1.5 (Sustainable development & Poverty Eradication). Bronwyn is co-primary investigator with University of Surrey's ESRC funded CUSP: Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, she leads the CYCLES Children and Youth in Cities lifestyle Evaluation study in 7 world cities.
Bronwyn was an Erskine Fellow with University College, Oxford, UK 2017. Recent books are Sea Change: Climate politics and New Zealand (BWB, 2017) and Children, Citizenship and Environment (Routledge, 2012). She served on the International Social Sciences Council steering committee - Transformative Research, as a co-researcher with University of Oslo, Voices of the Future project, a lead author on UNEP's global survey of 18-35 year olds lifestyles and sustainability, and as a trustee for the UK Foundation for Democracy and Sustainability. Outside academia Bronwyn worked for children's TV, as a Ministerial appointment to the NZ Broadcasting Standards Authority & as a trustee for the SPARK Foundation & Give A Little. She was inaugural joint winner of UC Arts Conscience & Critic of Society Research Award 2014 and a Kiwibank New Zealander of the year Local Hero 2019, and the Westpac/Suff media "Supreme Woman of Influence Award" winner 2022.


  • –present
    Professor of Politics, University of Canterbury


MNZM Member of the NZ Order of Merit