Dr. Mike Joy: ODPG Conference Spotlight

Dr Mike Joy | Senior Researcher | Institute for Governance and Policy Studies | Victoria University

We’re delighted to have Dr Mike Joy coming to speak at our 2020 Conference ‘The Regenerative Soil Solution’ at Lincoln University in March.

Dr Joy will be speaking on National Water Standards, and why change is crucial.

Mike was a late starter in academia, he first attended university in in his early thirties at Massey Palmerston North where he received a BSc, MSc and PhD in Ecology and then began lecturing there in ecology and environmental science in 2003.  He became an outspoken advocate for environmental protection after seeing first-hand the declines in freshwater health in New Zealand.

Mike has received a number of awards for this work which include an Ecology in Action award from the NZ Ecological Society, an Old Blue from Forest and Bird, a Tertiary Education Union NZ Award of Excellence for Academic Freedom and contribution to Public Education, the 2013 Royal Society of New Zealand Charles Fleming Award for protection of the New Zealand environment, the Morgan Foundation inaugural River Voice Award in 2015 and the inaugural New Zealand Universities Critic and Conscience award in 2016 and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the year.

Mike has developed bioassessment tools used by many Regional Councils and consultants and has published scientific papers in many fields from artificial intelligence and data mining, freshwater fish ecology, freshwater bioassessment to the freshwater ecology of sub-Antarctic islands.

He has been working for two decades at the interface of science and policy in New Zealand. In his new role as senior researcher with the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University, he hopes to work on improving the connection between science, policy and real outcomes to address the multiple environmental issues facing New Zealand.  He is currently on the Science and Technical Advisory group working with Government on changes to freshwater policy.

The Regenerative Soil Solution Conference 2020

On March 7 & 8th, 2020, we will be holding our Annual Conference and AGM at Lincoln University on the subject of Regenerative Farming. The weekend will consist of a full programme of expert speakers and regenerative farmers, a guided fieldtrip, and a catered mĀ­enu of delicious, local organic food and wines.

Tickets on sale from December 1st. For more information, visit the event on our website:

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