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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.

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 →

Same, same? New book explores copying in poetry in global media age

Thu, 04 Jul 2019 17:29:56
A new book by English programme Associate Professor Jacob Edmond examines the turn toward repetition in poetry, using the explosion of copying to offer a deeply inventive account of modern and contemporary literature. In Make It the Same: Poetry in... Continue Reading →

Otago academics urge churches to help stop violence against women in Samoa

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 17:37:18
With elements in their nation’s social, cultural and religious systems stacked against them, Samoan women still experience high rates of violence. While the Government of Samoa and the Ministry for Women, Community and Social Development have led a number of... Continue Reading →

Ok, computer? Otago report questions government AI use.

Tue, 28 May 2019 14:10:44
New Zealand is a world leader in government algorithm use – but measures are needed to guard against their dangers. This is the conclusion of a New Zealand Law Foundation-funded report from the University of Otago’s Artificial Intelligence and Law... Continue Reading →

Law researchers call for better animal welfare funding

Thu, 16 May 2019 15:30:58
New research from the University of Otago’s Faculty of Law, funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation, questions whether New Zealand’s “world-leading” animal welfare system adequately protects our furry friends, and argues the agencies charged with protecting animals need more... Continue Reading →

Future Courts Online?

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:24:10
Call for lawyers to test New Zealand’s potential online courts The arrival of online courts in New Zealand may see a significant rise in claimants start appearing without a lawyer by their side, which would raise big issues about access... Continue Reading →

Te Tumu academic explores Te reo education’s journey

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:06:44
Te Tumu senior lecturer Tangiwai Rewi has documented the journey of te reo Māori as an education tool in a recently released book, Te Kōparapara. Co-written with her former colleague Matiu Ratima, their chapter begins with a history of te... Continue Reading →