Dr Catherine Knight is a writer and environmental historian. She is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington and Honorary Research Associate at the School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University.
She has published four books, all relating to New Zealand’s environmental history:
- Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, 2018), a finalist in the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards.
- New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University Press, 2016), long-listed for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, short-listed for the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and selected as one of The Listener’s Best Books for 2016.
- Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press), which was the winner of the J.M. Sherrard Award for Regional and Local History.
- Wildbore: A photographic legacy (Totara Press, 2018), awarded best book about the Manawatu by Palmerston North Heritage Trust.
Catherine works as a policy and communications consultant at KHM Consulting, based in the Manawatu. She is also a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher, teaching from the Hauora Yoga Barn in the picturesque Pohangina Valley.
What I do
Research and writing
Commission me to write books, reports or do research and on the environment, history or environmental history.
See Publications page
Policy & thought leadership
Looking for a top-notch policy analyst and thought leader? I am available for projects in central, regional and local government, non-governmental organisations, and industry and research organisations.
I have extensive experience in both strategic and operational environmental policy, and governance in the education and environment sectors.
See my CV to learn more about my previous projects.
Lectures and talks
Invite me to talk about my passions: environmental history and policy. I am an experienced lecturer and have delivered numerous invited talks at universities and for professional and scientific organisations
Follow me on LinkedIn, to see the range of lectures and talks I do.
See also my consultancy website