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Vision Mātauranga in the New Zealand Science System

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Business, Sciences, Humanities, Health Sciences
Host campus
Master’s, PhD
Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl and Dr Diane Ruwhiu


This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified applicant to explore how Vision Mātauranga, New Zealand’s Māori innovation research policy operates across the science sector. In this research, you will look at the processes of Vision Mātauranga from the perspective of those who are implementing the policy: individuals – scientists and Māori community/businesses; and their organisations – universities, Crown Research Institutes, private research groups, iwi and Māori businesses. There will be a particular focus on what makes the policy work in high-tech science and commercial fields.

The research is part of an ongoing study into building New Zealand’s capacity for effective and equitable use of science and technology for social and commercial benefit. This Masters or PhD opportunity is funded by the Science for Technology and Innovation Challenge and the successful applicant will be supervised by Vision Mātauranga researchers from the Building New Zealand’s Capacity project.
Visit the Science for Technology and Innovation Challenge website

The project is inter-disciplinary, therefore your background may be in a number of different areas. Key to success in this project is:

  • Experience in or understanding of te reo Māori and/or tikanga
  • Experience in or understanding of iwi and/or Māori business
  • Comfort in Māori settings

As you will be working with people involved in science and innovation, you should have some experience in qualitative research such as interviewing skills and an interest in science, technology and innovation that benefits Māori.

Prospective Research Masters or PhD students interested in developing a research question within this broad topic at the University of Otago are invited to contact Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl.


Katharina Ruckstuhl
Tel   +64 3 479 4916

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