A respected scholar with an international reputation, Dr. Ali Memon received his Masters in Planning from University of Waterloo in 1970. He went on to receive his PhD from Western University before accepting teaching positions first at the University of Nairobi, then at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and finally at New Zealand’s Lincoln University where in 1999 he was awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of Environmental Management and Planning.
Memon has served as advisor or consultant for municipal and national governments, as well as private companies, on planning matters ranging from urban transportation, reorganization of government departments, river basin organizations, and water management strategies.
His research focuses on understanding society’s responses to environmental policies and the adequacy of governance in relation to environmental policies. One major theme in his work has been incorporating the perspectives of indigenous minorities in to the planning process.
An author or editor of 11 books, including Environmental Planning in New Zealand, Keeping New Zealand Green, and Environmental Planning & Management in New Zealand, as well as 22 book chapters and 75 refereed journal articles, Memon is a founding member of the New Zealand Planning Institute Branch, and is an Honorary Director of the Mazingira Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Ali Memon is a 2012 Faculty of Environment Alumni Achievement Award nominee.