Dr Marie McEntee
PhD Environmental Science, MA(Hons) First Class, LTCL,
Marie is a social scientist in the School of Environment with research interests in participatory research, collaborative learning in multi-stakeholder innovation networks. Her 24 years of tertiary teaching has focused on science innovation and science communication. Marie was awarded a University of Auckland Sustained Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and a National Teaching Excellence Award in 2015 and is now a member of New Zealand's Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
Marie is responsible for coordinating and lecturing two interdisciplinary undergraduate courses - SCIGEN 101/101G ‘Communicating for a Knowledge Society’ (taught jointly with the Department of Mathematics) and SCIGEN 201 ‘Innovating for a Knowledge Society’ (taught jointly with the Business School). She is currently developing a stage 3 course, 'Engaging in a Knoweldge Society', (taught jointly with staff from the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) which will be offered in 2017.
Marie has worked in the public and private sectors. After graduating with a BA, she qualified as a registered nurse in 1987, before moving into the pharmaceutical industry and advancing over eight years to management positions. During this time she developed an interest in the wider dissemination of scientific information. With a teaching diploma (LTCL) in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London, and earlier experience as a private communications consultant, Marie began lecturing part time on the newly established Science Communication course at the University of Auckland in 1992. Over subsequent years her role expanded to include course coordination and overseeing significant re-development of the course's content, that enabled it to move from a boutique course taught to around 40 students to its current position as a significant undergraduate course now taught annually to over 400 students from a wide range of disciplines and year levels.
Marie graduated with a Masters with first class honours in 2006. Her thesis titled: ‘Science Communication in an age of risk’ investigated two biosecurity events in Auckland, New Zealand, which involved the aerial spraying of a biological insecticide over urban populations to control invasive exotic moths. She examined these programmes within the wider global debates about ‘participatory science’ , 'risk communication' and the media’s role in a risk society.
Marie was awarded her PhD in Environmental Science in 2016. Her thesis titled, An Exploration of Collaborative Learning Spaces in the Quest for Agricultural Sustainability in New Zealand, explored six projects where scientists and farmers collaborated to advance sustainability. Marie developed a conceptual model which shows how partner relationships and the informal and formal institutions that shape how partners engage in participatory research, influence the capacity of the collaborative learning space that is created in projects. This space is shown to be essential for advancing innovation in the agricultural sector, although the model has application well beyond agriculture.
The research also identifies generic principles that facilitate greater alignment of the multiple objectives of innovation stakeholders, providing particularly a framework for more effective communication between scientists, industry and end users (in this case farmers) to support the application of science to advance sustainability.
Research | Current
Marie's research focuses on multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborative learning, community-based participatory research (CBPR) particularly in relation to environmental issues, agricultural extension, science communication and media communication of science.
Teaching | Current
SCIGEN 101: Communicating for a Knowledge Society
SCIGEN 201: Innovating for a Knowledge Society (previously Managing Science and Technology)
GEOG 205: Environment and Society
2015: National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award - Ako Aotearoa
2014: University of Auckland Sustained Teaching Excellence Award
Co-ordinator: SCIGEN 101/101G
Co-ordinator: SCIGEN 201
Areas of expertise
- Participatory Research
- Collaborative learning in multi-stakeholder partnerships
- Science Innovation
- Science Communication
- Agricultural Extension
Member of the Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence - Ako Aotearoa
Faculty of Science Web Advisory Committee
Faculty of Science E-Learning Committee
School of Environment Academic Committee
School of Environment Marketing & Communications Committee
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- McEntee, M. J. (2015). The Effect of Project Initiators in Participatory Partnerships. Paper presented at Australasia-Pacitic Extension Network, Grand Chancellor, Adelaide, Australia. 10 November - 12 November 2015. Related URL.
- Phillips, T., Klerkx, L., McEntee, M. J., Wood, B., & Edmond, P. (2014). How Social Media is used by Rural Professionals and Farmers to Create Agricultural Innovation Systems. Paper presented at Digital Rural Futures Conference, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. 25 June - 27 June 2014. Proceedings of the Digital Rural Futures. Related URL.
- McEntee, M. J. (2013). The Challenge of Communicating Complexity. Paper presented at Kauri Dieback Symposium, University of Auckland. 30 November - 30 November 2013. Related URL.
- McEntee, M. J. (2013). Beyond linear technology transfer: Examining learning environments in six sustainable agriculture participatory research projects. Extension Farming Systems Journal -- vol. 9, Papers from the 2013 APEN International Conference, 9, 114-123. Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand. Related URL.
- McEntee, M. J., & Mortimer, C. (2013). Challenging the One-Way Paradigm for More Effective Science Communication: A Critical Review of Two Public Campaigns Addressing Contentious Environmental Issues. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 12 (2), 68-76. 10.1080/1533015X.2013.820630
- McEntee, M. J. (2012). Challenging the Production Paradigm: Learning from History to Advance Sustainable Futures. Paper presented at Australasian Agrifood Research Network Conference, Massey University, Palmerston North. 10 December - 13 December 2012. Related URL.
- McEntee, M. J. (2010). More Carrot and Less Stick: Lessons from Agricultural Extension in New Zealand. Paper presented at Eighth ALARA World Congress 2010 Participatory Action Research and Action Learning (6-9 Sep), Melbourne, Australia. 6 September - 9 September 2010.
- McEntee, M. J. (2010). Communicating science in agricultural extension. Paper presented at New Zealand Geographical Society (with the Institute of Australian Geographers) Conference 2010 (5-8 Jul), Christchurch, New Zealand. 5 July - 8 July 2010.