Penny Payne

Penny Payne, social scientist in the People and Agriculture team at AgResearch, is based in Hamilton. She has a master’s degree in community psychology and has studied at Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Waikato and City University of Hong Kong. Current research areas include resilience, extension and education. Penny is currently evaluating extension programmes in climate change and biosecurity, targeting community, industry and schoolchildren. She also specialises in social network analysis, mapping relationships to explain and increase network resilience. Penny has worked with diverse audiences including rural communities, government, industry, not-forprofits, schoolchildren and regulatory organisations.