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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.

Changes to teaching needed to integrate Māori law into legal system

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 20:41:21
Systemic change in the legal studies curriculum at our universities would be an important step towards integrating Māori law into Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal system, research released this week says. Phase one of the three-stage report Inspiring National Indigenous Legal... Continue Reading →

Family justice system needs to incorporate children’s voices

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:55:51
Otago researchers support children’s participation being enhanced in the family justice system as it undergoes a government-led overhaul. The results of a six-year research project by the University of Otago’s Children’s Issues Centre evaluating the 2014 Family Law Reforms show... Continue Reading →

A tactical retreat? New RMA report takes top planning award

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:50:45
A ground-breaking report focused on reducing natural hazard and climate change risk under the Resource Management Act (RMA) was recently awarded the New Zealand Planning Institute’s John Mawson Award of Merit for 2020. Report co-author and University of Otago Faculty... Continue Reading →

New research examines links between religion and fertility/ outcomes for children

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:29:04
“Be fruitful and multiply” says the Bible, and worldwide religious people tend to have more children than their secular counterparts. New research suggests that this “multiplying” may be the result of the higher levels of support from non-family members that... Continue Reading →

Moving to energy-efficient lighting more than just a bright idea

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:17:12
A new University of Otago-led study shows moving to more energy-efficient lighting would help New Zealand achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity generation. Lightening the load: quantifying the potential for energy-efficient lighting to reduce peaks in electricity demand – a... Continue Reading →

Trans-Tasman project to explore online law during lockdown

Mon, 18 May 2020 13:22:23
A trans-Tasman research team wants to analyse the stories of people who have participated in online legal hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote Justice Stories is a collaboration between researchers at the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash... Continue Reading →

Motorised transport dominant mode for Dunedin pre-schoolers

Tue, 12 May 2020 19:39:28
Being on the move is part of everyday life for millions of children in cities globally, but little is known about how pre-schoolers see, and what they want for, their transport systems.  In a ground-breaking new paper University of Otago... Continue Reading →

Dunedin leads charge on electric vehicle uptake

Fri, 01 May 2020 17:39:54
Dunedin is still leading the main New Zealand cities by almost every measure in electric vehicle uptake. Analysis of the 2019 Ministry of Transport data on EV registrations shows that Dunedin has edged further ahead of Wellington, its closest rival,... Continue Reading →

PNG highland research redates Neolithic period

Fri, 17 Apr 2020 14:22:21
Otago alumnus and research postdoctoral fellow Dr Ben Shaw and Waim locals at a dig site. A new report published in Science Advances on the emergence of agriculture in highland Papua New Guinea shows advancements often associated with a later... Continue Reading →

Ten-point plan to increase access to free and low-cost legal services

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:32:47
A new research report from the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC) recommends ten steps to help New Zealand’s law profession deliver more free services to people caught in New Zealand’s widening ‘justice gap’. For the report, New Zealand... Continue Reading →