Ann Brower, an environmental scientist and geographer at the University of Canterbury, is a methodological pluralist, using 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 NZ environment. She can claim: (a) The 2019 demise of South Island high country tenure review, which will safeguard 1 million hectares (5% of NZ) from privatisation; and (b) The 2016 ‘Brower amendment’ to the Building Act, which will make NZ’s streetscapes safer in earthquakes. Universities NZ awarded her the ‘Critic and Conscience of Society’ Award in 2018 to recognise her contribution to the life of the nation. More about Ann.