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Current Research

Pāho, our Humanities Research blog, highlights the new and exciting research happening within the Division of Humanities at Otago.

The links below feature our most recent research stories.

AI and responsibility

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:23:53
This article was originally published in He Kitenga. Otago researchers are investigating the implications of the artificial intelligence revolution on law, life and work. “Think of the 19th century when people had to walk in front of ‘motorised vehicles’ carrying... Continue Reading →

Pasifika Theatre celebrated in new book

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:57:07
A new book written by University of Otago Associate Prof in Theatre Studies Lisa Warrington and Victoria University Associate Prof David O’ Donnell, tells the story of the first 30 years of Pasifika Theatre in New Zealand. Floating Islanders Pasifika... Continue Reading →

New project funded by National Science Challenge

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:32:03
In a new project funded as part of the Deep South National Science Challenges, Associate Professor Lisa Ellis will investigate how the risks of sea level rise should be shared. It asks the questions; on a principled level, how should... Continue Reading →

New Book: Eugenics at the Edges of Empire

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:53:56
A new book has just been published by co-editors Diane Paul, Department of Zoology’s Hamish Spencer and Department of History and Art History’s John Stenhouse. Eugenics at the Edges of Empire is the first book to consider the history of... Continue Reading →

College of Education lecturer wins Marsden Fund grant

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:53:03
Associate Professor Karen Nairn, University of Otago College of Education, has received a $840,000 Marsden Fund grant for her project “Putting Hope into Action: What inspires and sustains young people’s engagement in social movements?” The grant comes as part of... Continue Reading →

Digital Humanities Guide launched

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:23:58
The University of Otago Library has launched a Digital Humanities Guide. The guide aims to support digital humanities scholarship and practice by connecting people to the methods & tools, projects & other people transforming humanities scholarship in the digital realm.... Continue Reading →

College of Education secures multi-million dollar research contract

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:24:09
A contract for a substantial research project ($7.5 million dollars over three years) to be implemented by the Educational Assessment Research Unit (EARU) at the College of Education was recently signed by the Ministry of Education and the University of... Continue Reading →

Digital Humanities Expo – Programme out now

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:41:03
The second Digital Humanities Expo will be held at 2pm on the 6th of October, at Arana College. It is a great chance to discover how digital humanities tools might enhance your research and to meet potential research partners. Expo... Continue Reading →

Otago researcher examines the nature of trust

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:31:17
There’s no doubt trust is essential when it comes to solving conflict, but it can be a minefield when trust means different things to different people. Dr Mariska Kappmeier has been trying to define the nature of trust, and the... Continue Reading →

Election cycle not helping transport sustainability

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:01:18
Keeping New Zealanders on the move in an increasingly sustainable way is being hamstrung by our three-year election cycle and policy U-turns. That’s one of the conclusions of a joint transport study by the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability... Continue Reading →