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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.

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 →

From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:23:25
In his 2019 book From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage History Programme Associate Professor Mark Seymour examined international perspectives on the legal and social history of same-sex relationships, from the early 19th century to the present and links between the... Continue Reading →

New International research project to study religion’s impact on family size and child health

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:38:12
A major international, multidisciplinary project is set to shed light on how religion impacts family size and child health, following a multi-million dollar grant. Project co-leader Dr John Shaver (pictured above), University of Otago’s Religion programme head, recently received almost... Continue Reading →

The last resort -MPlan thesis explores Airbnb impact in Queenstown

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:31:14
Geography Master of Planning candidate Sam McGough this week submitted her (MPlan) thesis entitled “Managing the Impacts of Airbnb: A Case Study of Queenstown, New Zealand”. Geography Head of School Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett praised the qualitative study, which sits in... Continue Reading →

Five Humanities projects receive Marsden funding

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:22:26
Five Division of Humanities projects are among 32 University of Otago research initiatives to receive almost $22 million in the 2019 Marsden Fund award round. Division of Humanities Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Ballantyne congratulated recipients Professor Glenn Summerhayes (Archaeology), Dr Anna... Continue Reading →

New book on patriotism in Japan an ‘anti-textbook’

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:34:58
History Professor Takashi Shogimen hopes his two recently published books – The Structure of Patriotism and Patriotism: The Textbook for the Japanese Nation – will promote discussion in both the academic and public spheres. Why did you undertake research in... Continue Reading →

Time to update mental capacity laws

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:13:30
Time to update mental capacity laws – new Otago co-edited book argues For those lacking the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, New Zealand currently relies heavily on the basic decency of families and whānau to ensure the law... Continue Reading →

Gender equality “matters most” for international student outcomes

Wed, 31 Jul 2019 01:40:39
Janine Campbell (centre) with supervisors Professor Lisa Smith, and Dr David Berg Janine Campbell says her recently completed Doctor of Education (EdD) research on factors that impact international student assessment challenged many of her personal and professional assumptions – it... Continue Reading →

Listening good, action better for surgical mesh complications

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 17:44:02
As a series of forums begins nationally this month to hear from New Zealanders harmed by medical procedures using surgical mesh Jacqueline Brown, whose recent Master of Chaplaincy thesis discussed the topic, says there is a “clear gap” in the... Continue Reading →

Coastal erosion challenges councils and communities

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:53:21
New research shows a ‘business as usual’ approach will not work for New Zealand’s regional councils, and over a quarter of our local councils, who are facing extreme exposure to climate hazards like coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels.... Continue Reading →