Dr David Hall

Dr David Hall

David Hall is Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory at AUT and an Associate Investigator at Te Punaha Mātatini. He has a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and works on climate finance innovation, low-emissions transitions policy, and land use and forestry policy.

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Interwoven Land Use: Values and Principles

By Dr David Hall23rd of March 2021

The ETS is proving effective in helping New Zealand reduce its net carbon emissions in the short term, but is stimulating high-risk land-use with a narrow focus. David Hall argues...
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Scale is vital for Impact Investment. Big deals attract big investors

By Dr David Hall20th of November 2018

The following provocation by Dr. David Hall forms one part of Financing the Future, our dynamic content project exploring the market opportunities for impact investment in Aotearoa New Zealand. The project…

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The Interwoven World | Te Ao i Whiria

By Dr David Hall18th of June 2018

It’s two years now since the launch of Our Forest Future, where I called for 1.3 million hectares of new forest planting for a greener, more climate-aligned economy. A lot…

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Our Forest Future: One Year On

By Dr David Hall20th of April 2017

One year ago I released the Our Forest Future report for Pure Advantage. It identified that New Zealand was facing a trend of net forest loss – and argued that we…

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Solving Wicked Problems

By Dr David Hall15th of December 2016

If climate change touches upon everything, then anything can be part of the solution. That’s worth keeping in mind whenever you’re boggled by the enormity of the climate challenge. It’s…

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Our Forest Future: Green Cities

By Dr David Hall23rd of August 2016

When a tree falls in an empty forest, does it make a sound? Whatever your answer to that old philosophical chestnut, what’s obviously true is that when a tree falls…

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Going Native

By Dr David Hall21st of June 2016

Last month I called for a bloody big new forest in New Zealand: 1.3 million hectares by my reckon. Could be more, could be less – but this is the right ballpark…

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A Smorgasbord Approach

By Dr David Hall28th of April 2016

Last week I called for 1.3 million hectares of new forest in New Zealand. That’s nearly 5 per cent of our total land area. The obvious question is: How do…

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Our Forest Future

By Dr David Hall22nd of April 2016

Pure Advantage was founded in 2011 on the conviction that New Zealand is in a global race for green growth — and we cannot afford to slip behind. Since then,…

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ETS – An Opportunity.

By Dr David Hall18th of February 2016

Some wise head once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” So it is with climate change in general—and New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)…

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New Zealand in Paris: A lack of integrity.

By Dr David Hall17th of December 2015

Looking toward Paris from the vantage point of New Zealand, one issue lingers: integrity. Will the Paris Agreement be translated into genuine action? Will the world walk the talk? It…

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Ten Things to Watch for at COP21

By Dr David Hall30th of November 2015

Do you have the feeling that COP21 is profoundly important, but you’re not entirely sure what’s at stake? No worries! I’ve been following the lead-up to COP21 throughout the year—from…

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