Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Contact Details

Phone: +64 4 463 6306


Senior Associate



Dr Adrian Macey was New Zealand’s first climate change ambassador, from 2006-2010, responsible for international climate change negotiations, coordination of international policy and domestic outreach. In June 2010 he was elected Vice Chair of the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol negotiations, and then served as Chair for 2011.

In his previous career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he served as Ambassador to France, OECD and Algeria, and Ambassador in Bangkok with responsibilities for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. He also has experience of international trade negotiations, in both the GATT and the WTO. He was New Zealand’s Chief Trade Negotiator from 2000 to 2002. He has served on several dispute settlement panels, most recently as chair of a US/China intellectual property case. At the IGPS he runs a roundtable series on climate change.

Recent Publications

New Zealand’s Policy on Post-2012 International Climate Change Arrangements, in Boston(ed)  Towards a New Global Climate Treaty - Looking Beyond 2012, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies,  Wellington, 2007

Getting Serious about Mitigation Potential: The Work of the ad hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties in Egenhofer(ed)

Beyond Bali. Strategic Issues for the post-2012 Climate Regime, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, 2008

Climate Change: Governance Challenges for Copenhagen, in Global Governance Vol. 15 No.4  Oct.-Dec. 2009

Climate Change: from BRIC to BASIC, in Lynch(Ed) Celebrating 75 Years - Proceedings of the NZIIA 75th Anniversary Series of Addresses & Lectures Volume 2, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, 2010.

Climate Change, Adaptation and Financing Issues, in Lynch and Hassall (Eds) Resilience in the Pacific, Addressing the Critical Issues, Institute of Policy Studies, Wellington, 2011.

The Road to Durban and Beyond: the Progress of International Climate Change Negotiations, in Policy Quarterly, Volume 8, Issue 2, May 2012.