Ann Brower

Professor of Economics

Lincoln University, New Zealand

Ann is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Environmental Management at Lincoln University, in Christchurch, New Zealand. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds Masters degrees in Forest Science from Yale University, and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Her specialty is environmental policy, especially as it relates to state-owned lands and natural resources in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.  Her theoretical interests lie in public policy -- at the intersection of property law, economics, and political science.  She is the author of Who owns the high country? (Craig Potton Publishing, 2008), stimulating a national debate about the on-going South Island land reform that is transforming the landscapes of the Southern Alps.  Borrowing from Wildavsky (1973), her book aims to uncover how great expectations in Wellington were dashed in Wanaka.  She has published in numerous journals, including the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Conservation Letters, and Land Economics.

Ann is an earthquake magnet. In California, she lived through the "Big One" in Los Angeles in 1994. In New Zealand, she works close to the September 4 epicentre, lives almost on top of the June 13 epicentre, and was the only survivor of the Number 3 bus crushed on February 22 by an unremarkable and unreinforced masonry building on Colombo Street. She broke a leg, a couple of hips, a corner of a spine, and a hand. If you value life and limb, do not follow her around.

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