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Dr Noel Waite

Email: noel.waite@otago.ac.nz

Dr Waite is a Senior Lecturer, Design, in Applied Sciences at the University of Otago. He is currently an Associate of the Centre for the Book, and is writing a chapter (on the period 1890-1930) in a history of the book in New Zealand. In 2010, he was the Leverhulme Fellow at the Scottish Centre for the Book at Edinburgh Napier University. The intention of this Leverhulme Fellowship was to stimulate research activities and intellectual links between the visitor and the Scottish Centre for the Book.

The stimulus of the time spent in Edinburgh at Napier’s Centre for the Book (including the MSc Publishing), combined with attendance at a Design Anthropology workshop, hosted jointly by the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Anthropology (March 2010) and SPIRE, the Participatory Innovation Research Centre, Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark (May 2010), and being in Glasgow for the Doors Open Day has been instrumental in a number of new research and teaching initiatives since his return. He also found Ian Rankin’s novels to be an excellent rough guide to the city of Edinburgh, and was very pleased to meet him at the London Book Fair.

Since his return to his home city, Noel has been working with Liz Knowles at the Dunedin City Council to prepare a bid for Dunedin to be recognised as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature. Students in his new Honours paper, Participatory Design, are currently investigating ways in which stakeholders can be creatively involved in this process. He has also facilitated a Literature futures workshop for Transforming Dunedin, which seeks to create opportunities for Dunedin’s creative, arts and cultural communities, and is focussing his Design Futures paper on the heritage redevelopment of Dunedin’s warehouse precinct. Will there be a Scottish connection?

His paternal grandmother was born in Lesmahagow in 1897, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1908, and so Noel was a year late for the 2009 Homecoming. Noel would very much like to be part of the Homecoming in Glasgow in 2014, and is intrigued by the coincidence of the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

 

The Scottish connection:

Noel stands before a flat near his house in Dunedin in a nice dreich that reminds him of his home city in 2010

Noel stands before a flat near his house in Dunedin in a nice dreich that reminds him of his home city in 2010.

 

Noel stands in his house beside a Dunedin bus roll banner and a flag from the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

Noel stands in his house beside a Dunedin bus roll banner and a flag from the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

 

Noel Waite

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