Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination: Hei Puāwaitanga - College of Arts - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination: Hei Puāwaitanga

The International research group for Sustainable Citizenship and Civic imagination: Hei Puāwaitanga, is a multidisciplinary research team and ‘civics-lab’, at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. The 21st century is the century of the city. By 2050, seven in ten people will live in an urbanizing area. Against this dynamic background, the research team, led by Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward investigates citizenship and civic governance, participation and democratic urbanization, with a particular focus on sustainability & inclusion especially for children & youth.

Research partnerships

The Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination research group has formal partnerships with:



New PhD Scholarship Opportunity

The University of Canterbury NZ announces a new doctoral scholarship opportunity. The successful candidate would study under the supervision of Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward in the research group for Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination (SCCI), at UC in association with the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, UK. This scholarship is available for tenure from 30 September 2016 and the intent is to support a PhD student. The Project title is: CYCLES for Sustainability: children and youth life styles in cities evaluation study. The project will examine how people aged 12–24 years understand their urban lives. It will be focused especially on understanding the drivers, patterns, and impacts of young people’s energy use and life aspirations across five domains: transport, housing, leisure & communication, education & employment, and food choices. For more information and regulations see here.

Researchers in SCCI Hei Puāwaitanga specifically focus on:

  • Citizenship, consumption and civic aspirations across five key energy domains: housing, transport, food, education & employment, leisure & communication;
  • Citizenship education, civic leadership & political literacy;
  • New methods of public engagement in urban challenges

Areas of expertise within the group include:

  • Longitudinal studies of Child and youth participation and activism in urban settings
  • Citizenship education for a changing world
  • Longitudinal research methods
  • Wellbeing and happiness
  • Governance for urban community resilience and inclusion

Studies largely employ a multi-method approach spanning:

  • Child and community focus groups, citizen juries and new participation
  • Citizenship learning in formal and informal settings
  • Audio visual and digital recording
  • Community mapping

The research group maintains collaborative relationships with:

UC Based Research Team

Research Associates:
Associate Professor Jeanette King & Sacha McMeeking (UC Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Studies); Dr Ruth McManus (UC Sociology); Dr Kelly Dombroski (UC Geography); Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty UC Early Intervention in Health Sciences; Dr Maria Bargh (Māori Studies VUW), Dr Kate McMillian (Political Science VUW) Dr Bronwyn Wood (Education VUW); Professor Andrew Day (OU Paediatrics); Professor Karen O’Brien & Dr Elin Selboe, University of Oslo); Dr Kate Burningham, Professor Tim Jackson and Dr Sue Venn (CUSP, University of Surrey); Prof Alex Tan (UC Political Science and IR);



Funding Agency



UK ESRC/Surrey University

CYCLES for Sustainability: Children and youth Lifestyles Evaluation Study (Assc Prof Bronwyn Hayward)


Hon Nicky Wagner/UC

Child Friendly Cities: measures of progress (Kendall Lattin, Hayward)


Norkilima Research Council of Norway

Youth Voices for the Future (O’Brien, Selboe and Hayward)








Civics-lab & Research Office
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward
Principal Investigator
Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 6096
Locke Building 607
College of Arts
University of Canterbury