26 September: Interactive Postgrad Forum

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26 September: Interactive Postgrad Forum

Join us on Tuesday 26 September from 4-6pm at Te Aro Campus (VS308) for the PGSA Interactive Postgrad Forum.  Hear about exciting research at Victoria, enjoy complimentary food and great networking opportunities.

NEW this month – “Kid’s Corner” - featuring activities, snacks, drinks and supervision for your kids, so you can come and engage in some great research while the kids are looked after! We especially encourage international families to come along, but all are welcome!’  No need to book just come along with your family.  

All presentation spaces are now fully booked for this year but please email sue.kelly@vuw.ac.nz if you would like to book your presentation for next year.  Victoria Plus Programme: Students presenting at the forum may count this towards Vic Plus as a Skills Development workshop. Contact the Vic Plus team to discuss – victoriaplus@vuw.ac.nz


Susanne Rawson – PhD, School of Art History, Classics & Religious Studies

Preservation of Coastal Heritage in Isolated Landscapes: Managing for Values and Decision Making Related to Environmental Changes for Policy Integration (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Historical and archaeological sites are often composed of immovable cultural heritage such as buildings or structures, monuments and landscapes. Many of these were originally founded in areas that were naturally significant because of the location and access to resources, the wildlife and fauna that was present, or a unique feature of the landscape. Furthermore, heritage sites located in isolated or remote coastal areas present unique challenges to preservation specialists, cultural resource managers, and policy makers in balancing access and preservation. These areas are often at risk of deterioration due to exposure from extreme conditions and the effects of climate change. This research seeks to analyse the relationship between values and decision-making related to management for environmental changes of coastal heritage. I hope to explore a) whether sites are managed for preservation, b) explore who is managing them and c) how the natural environment affects the preservation (i.e. climate change).

Mpaphi Tsholofelo, PhD, School of Government

Governance of Economic Diversification Policies in Natural Resource-based Developing Countries: A Case Study of Botswana
Most developing countries are blessed with abundant natural resources, which they seek to transform into assets that can be used to support employment and generate economic growth. However, many, including Botswana, remain dependent on these. Economic diversification, which has become a central theme of a large amount of literature on economic development, is believed to offer potential to reduce the dependence. There are increasing policy efforts to promote this diversification. Yet, practical experience of most natural resource-based developing countries shows that many still struggle with such. Increasingly, concerns around governance have been identified as a potential source of weakness, and these governance gaps have generated interest for further inquiry. This study focuses on the governance of economic diversification policies in natural resource-based developing economies. Through an examination of a case study of Botswana’s policy experiences it will gain a better understanding of what lessons there are from such governance approaches. It draws on a multiple-theory research framework. Data collection will be done through interviews with selected key individuals and documentary analysis. Thematic analysis will be used to draw insights and conclusions from the patterns observed.

Pavithra Jayawardena, PhD, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations

Citizenship and Belonging of Sri Lankan Diaspora in New Zealand
‘Citizenship’ transforms immigrants into formal members of a respective political society. Without being satisfied with permanent residency (PR) status, immigrants in many other countries tend to work hard to gain citizenship as it provides access to significant rights (such as voting) which the PR clearly lacks. But, citizenship in New Zealand is superficially similar to PR; that it does not provide any special social, economic or political facility for immigrants. For New Zealand, ‘citizenship’ means a genuine citizen-state relationship and a sense of national identity. This research intends to understand how immigrants who already have roots with their origin countries, manage to build up this citizen-state relationship with New Zealand, hence to find the answer for ‘what does citizenship mean for immigrants?’ Sri Lankan diaspora in New Zealand will be investigated as the case. Sri Lankan diaspora provides a rich field for this study as it includes immigrants from different ethnic groups, different educational and professional backgrounds, different generations, and different social layers.




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