Research Seminar: Accountability in Collaborative Governance

Lessons in emergency management and earthquake recovery from the 2010 - 2011 Canterbury Earthquakes

  • Wed 13 Jun 18

    14:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Dr Christine Kenney

  • Contact details

    Diogenis Baboukardos

The paper illustrates how accountability of collaborative governance was constituted in the context of disaster managerial work carried out by the Government, local authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Māori community organisations, after the 2010-2011 Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand.

Research Seminar Brief

A case study approach that drew on conceptualisations of “accountability in collaborative governance” was applied in exploring the diverse accountability practices and standards maintained by these actors.

Instances of institutional transparency, as well as exemplars of communication on accountability - related matters between Government and vested stakeholders, has been documented and analysed. The paper contributes to the accountability literature by addressing a new perspective of “accountability in collaborative governance”.

It also implicates to the policy, by illuminating the importance of institutionalising accountable and collaborative efforts within and across the field of disaster management.

Spreaker Bio

Dr Christine Kenney is a senior researcher and Māori sociologist at the IRDR International Centre of Research Excellence in Community Resilience, and she leads the Indigenous disaster management and research team at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, at Massey University in Wellington New Zealand.

Dr Kenney’s social science research encompasses disaster risk reduction, governance, emergency management and community resilience and she specialises in community-based research with Indigenous communities.

Her work informs social theory, disaster sociology, local policy and emergency practices as well United Nations disaster risk reduction science initiatives.

Her current research encompasses two Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden projects, on the politics of green infrastructure development and Māori disaster management theory; a project that explores Māori historical knowledge of the Hikurangi Subduction Zone funded by a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Endeavour research programme as well as two New Zealand National Science Challenge projects that address the interplay of culture and community resilience.