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.