Retired Senior Lecturer in Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Qualifications: BSc (Chem Tech)(Edin), PhD (Chem Eng)(Canty), FIPENZ, FIChemE, FNZIC, MRSNZ.

Following is a list of some of the non-government organisations to which I have become more committed, since retirement - or as I prefer to call it, entry into my Third Age (the age of active retirement)!

Readers may be aware of the recent series of severe earthquakes in my home city of Christchurch, culminating in the loss of 185 lives and severe damage to property in many areas of the city. Some thousands of homes are to be demolished as a result along with about half of the central business district buildings. I have been appointed as a member of the Canterbury Earthquake Community Forum, to engage with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Forum and the Minister, in the recovery of the greater Christchurch area.

I am currently on the Editorial Boards of the journal Ecological Economics, the International Journal of Sustainable Development (IJSD), the International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (IJARGE), the International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research (IJTR) and Pacific Ecologist. Until recently I was a member of the Board of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE).

In all of the above, I have been considerably resourced by my membership for over 20 years of The International Network of Resource Information Centers (INRIC), commonly known as The Balaton Group (, an international network of researchers and practitioners in fields related to systems and sustainability. For reasons of distance in particular, I am no longer able to attend annual meetings regularly, but I keep in touch via their website, and maintain a level of collaboration with others in the group. I value this connection very highly, as a resource and an inspiration.