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Director, Research and Legal, Environmental Law Initiative and Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Matthew Hall is Director, Research and Legal at the Environmental Law Initiative (ELI) and a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Law, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

ELI is a New Zealand charitable trust that seeks better outcomes for the Aotearoa New Zealand environment through the application and development of environmental laws.

Matt is also a scholar of environmental philosophy. His research examines the relationships between human beings and plants.

Matt's most recent book, 'The Imagination of Plants: A Book of Botanical Mythology' (SUNY Press, 2019) examines the stories told about plants in the world's mythological traditions.


  • 2021–present
    Visiting Scholar, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2021–present
    Senior Researcher, Environmental Law Initiative


  • 2008 
    The Australian National University, PhD