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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.

CSAFE Director to lead climate adaptation project

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 10:10:54
Centre for Sustainability Director Janet Stephenson is to lead a new Deep South National Science Challenge project in response to a report highlighting key gaps in our understanding about how climate change will impact New Zealand’s diverse communities. To ensure... Continue Reading →

Significant gaps in legal services identified in Otago study

Thu, 24 May 2018 15:44:45
  It’s getting harder for Kiwis to access legal aid, new research suggests. With an average hourly charge-out rate of about $300, private lawyers are often out of reach for New Zealanders needing legal assistance, according to research from the... Continue Reading →

Now is the time to consider a regulatory body on AI predictive analytics

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:58:47
With Immigration New Zealand recently joining ACC and The Ministry for Social Development on the list of Government departments courting controversy over the use of predictive analytics systems, leading University of Otago researchers say now is the time to consider... Continue Reading →

Power of Change

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:34:08
This article was originally published in He Kitenga. Otago’s Energy Cultures programme has been a huge success, gaining gold status from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Dr Janet Stephenson, Director of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability, doesn’t just talk... Continue Reading →

Moving mountains

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:39:45
This article was originally published in He Kitenga. With a magnitude 8 Alpine Fault earthquake predicted to occur at any time, changing how people and organisations prepare for disasters is the key to building a more resilient New Zealand in... Continue Reading →

Māori economic expression

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:21:45
This article was originally published by He Kitenga. Dr Gianna Leoni (Te Tumu School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies) wants to enhance the contemporary Māori language of economic development that reflects a kaupapa Māori – or Māori approach –... Continue Reading →

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 →