Ann Brower, an environmental scientist and geographer at the University of Canterbury, is a methodological pluralist who uses lots of types of data to explore the intersection of environmental, economic, and social systems. She is also committed to making a difference to the life of the nation. Ann’s work has changed the Building Act and the Land Act, both fairly fundamental to the environment in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ann has won several awards recognising her contribution to the life of the nation. The Royal Society of New Zealand awarded her the Charles Fleming Medal for Environmental Achievement in 2022, for outstanding achievement in environmental science; the University of Canterbury awarded her the Innovation Medal for outstanding research impact; and Universities NZ awarded her the ‘Critic and Conscience of Society’ Award in 2018.