LEaP aims to enhance the economic, environmental and social sustainability of societies by improving the understanding of local-global change interactions and by motivating and engaging stakeholders in New Zealand and elsewhere. The Centre's mission statement is 'a network for creating and sharing knowledge', with strategic goals to:

  • Undertake high quality interdisciplinary theoretical and applied research and critique of the changing relationships within and between society and the environment
  • Promote stewardship, health and wellbeing of the environment, society and its diverse cultures, through our educational and research activities

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  • Food security in a COVID-impacted tourism destination: A case study of Queenstown, New Zealand 

    Apse, M; Degarege, Gebeyaw; Fountain, Joanna; Espiner, Stephen; Stewart, Emma (Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki. LEaP, 2022-05)
    This report outlines the food (in)security situation in Queenstown, New Zealand in the context of its COVID-affected tourism downturn. It is illustrative of the global pandemic’s disruption to the tourism-dependent town ...
  • Jetties and small settlement regeneration in Te Pataka o Rakaihautū/Banks Peninsula 

    Oranje, K; Farrar, J; Nissen, Sylvia; Rennie, Hamish (Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki. LEaP, 2022-02)
    This report contains a summary of the key findings from a research project exploring the community-led restoration initiatives of jetties in small settlements around Te Pataka o Rakaihautū/Banks Peninsula. This project is ...
  • Looking beyond limitations: Electric vehicle use in New Zealand holidays 

    Fitt, Helen M.; Espiner, Niamh T. (Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki. LEaPLincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand, 2021-12)
    EVs are often described as inadequate for long distance holiday trips, and yet increasing numbers of drivers are travelling on holiday in EVs. We talked to 34 New Zealand EV drivers about their experiences of taking an EV ...
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and outdoor recreation: Exploring COVID-19 induced changes in outdoor recreation engagement and behaviour in New Zealand 

    Degarege, Gebeyaw; Espiner, Stephen R.; Stewart, Emma; Espiner, Niamh T. (Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki. LEaPLincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand, 2021-03)
    The first cluster of COVID-19 cases was recorded in Wuhan, China, on December 21 2019. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has become a significant challenge in almost every aspect of life around the globe. In an attempt to ...
  • Waitaki/Mackenzie Visitor Survey 2020 

    Mkwara, Lena; Simmons, David G.; Kerr, Geoffrey N. (Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki. LEaPLincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand, 2021-05)
    This report presents the findings from a 2020 survey of visitors to tourist attractions in Waitaki and Mackenzie districts. COVID-19 cancelled fieldwork before data collection was complete. The limited data indicate that ...

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