UR22 Wellington Satellite // Speaker
Dr Garry McDonald is a founding Director of MEResearch, a private research company employing 25 people. Garry and his team have developed long-standing relationships with many organisations and have an extensive client base including major private sector companies, infrastructure providers, government agencies, research institutes, and universities. Over the last 20 years, he has led many research programmes (>$100m) focused on sustainable development, resilience and natural hazard research. He has also been responsible for >1,600+ consultancy projects, with staff at MEResearch having acted as expert witnesses in New Zealand’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, and Environment Court.
As an Ecological Economist, he has worked to develop many decision-and-policy support tools that quantify multi-capital (socio-economic, environmental and cultural) and wellbeing impacts associated with disruptive events. He currently leads the Transitioning Mt. Taranaki to a Volcanic Future, Harnessing Disruptive Technologies for Seismic Resilience, Multi-hazard Risk Modelling, and Adapting to Climate Change through Stronger Geothermal Enterprises research programmes.