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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.

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 →

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 →