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Cross-Sector Alliances

Cross-sector alliances or partnerships are a politically attractive way for government, business and civil society to achieve social and environmental outcomes that would be difficult to achieve acting independently. However, governments often raise questions about the legitimacy, governance and accountability of cross-sector alliances; businesses fear these projects will divert them from their core purpose; and the not-for-profit sector is often concerned that partnership with business threatens their integrity.

Our Cross-Sector Alliances research project aims to investigate cross-sector relationships that relate to environmental improvements in urban New Zealand. We are developing case studies to evaluate the feasibility of collaboration for effective ecological urban restoration. From these case studies, we will investigate how cross-sector alliances can be scaled-up to provide innovative solutions with exponential impact.

Review & Case Studies
National and international literature is being analysed to understand different approaches and environmental outcomes of cross-sector alliances in an urban context.

Our literature review is informing the development of in-depth case studies of cross-sector collaborations for urban ecological restoration across five New Zealand cities. From the literature and case studies investigations, we will identify the metrics for success for each partner. This will allow our team to quantify and monitor their accomplishments, and detect and address emerging problems.

Data from the case studies will be analysed to evaluate the impact of cross-sector alliances on urban biodiversity values. From this evaluation, we will identify the antecedent conditions needed to replicate effective collaborative relationships.

Study sites
The study sites for the Cross-Sector Alliances research project are:

  • Hamilton
  • Wellington
  • Auckland
  • 2 more cities are to be confirmed

Research Team



Elisa Casasanto