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Senior Lecturer in Resource & Environmental Planning, Massey University

Jeff McNeill is a senior lecturer in environmental policy and planning in the School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, New Zealand. He holds a PhD in politics, a MA(Hons) in Geography and a Master of Public Policy (Distinction). Jeff came to academia after an extensive career in New Zealand central and regional government and as a consultant. He has also spent time working in the New Zealand and European parliaments. His research focuses primarily on the regional level of government and non-state regulation and their implications for environmental management in New Zealand. He is a commissioner on the International Geographic Union Commission on the Geography of Governance.

He also undertakes research from an historical geography perspective of New Zealand soldiers in First World War. Reviews of his recently published book, 'Taking the Ridge: Anzacs and Germans at the Battle of Messines 1917' recognise it as the definitive Anzac account of that battle.


  • 2008–present
    Senior lecturer, Massey University


  • 2008 
    Massey University, PhD
  • 1994 
    Victoria University of Wellington, Master of Public Policy (Distinction)
  • 1982 
    University of Canterbury, MA(Hons) in Geography


  • 2022
    Taking the Ridge: Anzacs & Germans at the Battle of Messines 1917, Titipounamu Rifleman Press
  • 2022
    McNeilll, J & A. Asquith End of the World: New Zealand’s local government and Covid-19. In: Nunes Silva, C. (ed) Local Government and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Local and Urban Governance., Springer, Cham
  • 2021
    de Koning, J., Hobbis, S. K., McNeill, J., & Prinsen, G. (2021). Vacating place, vacated space? A research agenda for places where people leave. , Journal of Rural Studies, 82, 271-278
  • 2020
    Exporting environmental objectives or erecting trade barriers in recent EU free trade agreements, Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies 12(1), 40-53.