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Simon J. Lambert PhD, Economic Geography (Lincoln, Aotearoa NZ)

Associate Professor

Faculty Member in Indigenous Studies

Kirk Hall 137

Research Area(s)

  • Indigenous Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous development
  • Indigenous environmental management

About me

Simon is from Aotearoa New Zealand and is a member of the Tuhoe and Ngati Ruapani tribes. His doctoral research was on small-scale Maori horticulture and he was awarded his PhD in 2008 from Lincoln University. Prior to that he was awarded a MA (Hons) degree from the University of Canterbury after researching the assessment of environmental vulnerability in the Pacific

Following the 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, Simon’s research has focused on disaster risk reduction for Indigenous communities with particular interest in urban Indigenous groups. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Pan-American-Health Organization's Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction network

Simon has taught a variety of courses in Indigenous environmental management and development and will be teaching Aboriginal Development (INDG 265) and International Indigenous Disaster Risk Reduction (INDG 321) in the Winter 2021 term.


Selection of Publications (by Year)

  • Lambert, S. "Time Back! A research manifesto for Indigenous urgencies" In A Research Agenda for COVID-19 and Society, edited by Matthewman, S., 61-84. Chaltenham: Edward Elgar Accepted
  • Lambert, S. "Critical Indigenous Disaster Studies: Doomed to Resilience?" In Critical disaster studies: Social science reflections on a decade of disaster experiences in Christchurch, New Zealand, edited by Glavovic, B., Matthewman, M. and Uesuka, S.. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.
  • Lambert, S. "Indigenous Societies and Disasters" In The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Sociology, edited by Maggie Walter, Tahu Kukutai, Angela A. Gonzales, and Robert Henry. London: Oxford University Press, 2022.
  • Lambert, S, Melanie Mark-Shadbolt. "Indigenous Biosecurity: past, present, and future." In Routledge Handbook of Biosecurity and Invasive Species, edited by Barker, K. and Francis, R.. London: Taylor and Francis, 2021.
  • Lambert, S. "Prince Albert Grand Council and Red Cross align for better emergency management". HazNet: Canadian Risk and Hazards Network 12, 1 (2019): 28-30.
  • Lambert, S, Scott, John C. "International Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and Indigenous Peoples". International Indigenous Policy Journal 10, 2 (2019)
  • Ataria, J, Shadbolt M, Mead A, Doherty J, Waiwai J, Ashby T, Garner G. "Whakamanahia Te mātauranga o te Māori: empowering Māori knowledge to support Aotearoa’s aquatic biological heritage". NZ Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 52, 4 (2018): 467-486.
  • Lambert, S, Nick Waipara; Amanda Black; Melanie Mark-Shadbolt; Waitangi Wood. "Indigenous Biosecurity: Māori Responses to Kauri Dieback and Myrtle Rust in Aotearoa New Zealand" In The Human Dimensions of Forest and Tree Health: Global Perspectives, edited by Urquhart, Julie; Marzano, Mariella; Potter, Clive, 109-137. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • Awatere, S, Mika, J., Hudson, M., Pauling, C., Lambert, S., and Reid, J. "Whakatipu Rawa ma ngā uri Whakatipu: Optimising the ‘Māori’ in Māori economic growth". AlterNative 13, 2 (2017)
  • Lambert, S. "Post-disaster Indigenous Mental Health Support: Tangata Whaiora networks after the 2010-2012 Ōtautahi/Christchurch Earthquakes". MAI Review 5, 1 (2016): 76-91.
  • Roberts, L, Brower, A., Kerr, G., Lambert, S., McWilliam, W., Moore, K., Quinn, J., Simmons, D., Thrush, S. Townsend, M. Costanza, R., Cullen, R. Hughey, K., Wratten, S. "Evidencing the link between ecosystem services and New Zealand wellbeing". Dept. of Conservation (2015)
  • Lambert, S. "Maori homes through the 2010-2011 Ōtautahi earthquakes" In Home in the Māori World, edited by Kēpa M., McPherson, M. and Manu’atu, L, 115-137. Wellington: Huia, 2015.
  • Lambert, S. "Indigenous communities and disaster research". Third Sector Review 21, 2 (2015): 31-48.
  • Lambert, S. "Indigenous Peoples and urban disaster: Māori responses to the 2010-12 Christchurch earthquakes". Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies 18, 1 (2014): 39-48.
  • Lambert, S. "Maori and the Christchurch earthquakes: the interplay between Indigenous endurance and resilience through a natural disaster". MAI Journal 3, 2 (2014): 165-180.
  • Lambert, S. "Indigenous Disaster Planning – reflections on recent conferences". Lincoln Planning Review 5, 1-2 (2013): 60-61.
  • Ataria, J, Shadbolt, M., and Lambert S. "A commentary on the changing landscape of Māori Leadership: Historical, contemporary and future perspectives" In Ara Mai he Tētēkura: Visioning our Futures: New and Emerging Pathways of Māori Academic Leadership, edited by Whitinui, P., Glover, M. and Hikuroa, D, 31-45. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2013.
  • Lambert, S. "Te Ahuwhenua and the ‘Sons’ of the Soil’: A history of the Māori-Farmer-of-the-Year award". MAI Review 2011, 1 (2011)
  • Barnett, J, Lambert, S., and Frey, I. "The Hazards of Indicators: Insights from the Environmental Vulnerability Index". Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98, 1 (2008): 102-119.
  • Lambert, S. "The Diffusion of Sustainable Technologies to Māori Land: A Case Study of Participation by Māori in Agri-Food Networks". MAI Review 2, 1 (2007)