National Science Challenge 11 Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities research publication of the week: Four Plausible Scenarios for Transport in New Zealand in 2048

Making decisions about the future is complex, not least because we can never be sure exactly what is going to happen. Historically, transport systems have experienced long periods of stability, punctuated by significant technological developments: the discovery of the wheel, the domestication of the horse, and the rapid succession of inventions in the late 1800s and early 1900s that led to the development of bicycles,… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: A ‘white New Zealand’: Anti-Chinese Racist Political Discourse from 1880 to 1920 by Steve Elers

This paper reviews anti-Chinese public statements by New Zealand politicians in and around 1880-1920. Applying critical race theory as an underpinning theoretical framework in
conjunction with Barthesian criticism as a mode of analysis, statements from newspaper archives and New Zealand Parliamentary Debates were located and reviewed. It is believed that the statements have not been published as a collective… Read more

Early Career Researcher Advice Article of the Week: So you want to make an impact? Some practical suggestions for early-career researchers by Evans and Cvitanovic

More and more, scientists are being asked to demonstrate how their research can have “impact”– whether it be a change in policy, in professional practice, or some other kind of positive influence on society as a result of scientific research. Research funding bodies in the UK, Australia and elsewhere are also now beginning to evaluate research based on its potential for societal impact. So while many scientists… Read more
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Open Access Article of the Week: The Personal is Political: Assessing Feminist Fundamentals in the Digital Age by Rogan and Budgeon

The ‘personal is political’ has long been recognised as the definitive slogan of second-wave feminism but can it still inform our understanding of the contemporary practice of feminism? Questioning the importance of this claim now invites us to critically reflect upon the trajectory Western feminism has followed in light of the efforts made by the Women’s Liberation movement to politicise formerly unquestioned… Read more

Pasifika Research Article of the Week: Niko Besnier, On the Edge of the Global: Modern Anxieties in a Pacific Island Nation by Nation by Lisa Uperesa

Niko Besnier’s On the Edge of the Global focuses on the unlikely sites of pawnshops, bodybuilding gyms, beauty pageants, secondhand marketplaces, hair salons, and charismatic Christian congregations in Tonga to examine how local struggles are lived in the everyday. It is in these sites on the margins of Tongan society, Besnier argues, that localised enactments of globalised modernity can be most clearly… Read more

SuPERU release The sustainability of public social research institutions in New Zealand report

In 2014 the Families Commission Act was amended to give the Families Commission a new function alongside its role as advocate for the interests of families (and whānau). In addition to advocacy, the Commission was made responsible for monitoring and evaluating programmes and interventions in the social sector, and providing social science research into key issues, programmes, and interventions across that sector.… Read more

National Science Challenge 11 Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities research publication of the week: Land Covenants in Auckland and Their Effect on Urban Development by Fredrickson

A covenant is a contract or promise between parties that binds them to obligations in a contract for a fixed period of time, or in perpetuity. Covenants ‘run with the land’, meaning they bind owners of the land to a covenant’s condition. In recent decades they have become a common method for developers to control how future owners of land develop and maintain land in New Zealand (Quality Planning, 2013; New Zealand… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: Delivering on diversity: The challenges of commissioning for Whānau Ora by Boulton, Gifford, Allport, and White

As the populations of Western, so-called “first-world” countries grow; so too do the pressures for the funding, purchasing, and provision of high-quality health care for their citizens.
The drive to purchase and monitor outcomes, as opposed to simply accounting for outputs, has grown in strength in New Zealand and elsewhere, as a means of ensuring greater accountability for spending and ensuring every dollar… Read more

Open Access Article of the Week: The Semiotics of the Evolving Gang Masculinity and Glasgow by McLean and Holligan

Glasgow has a persistent and historical gang culture. Dimensions of ‘the gang’ are widely recognized in terms of behavior, formation, membership, and territoriality. The gap in our knowledge lies in the nature of a gang’s evolutionary flexibility. Given that life-course criminology foregrounds continuity and change in offending, it is surprising that this evolution has gone unrecognized in Scotland.… Read more

Pasifika Research Article of the Week: Yaquona (Kava) as a Symbol of Cultural Identity by S. ‘ Apo ’ Aporosa

Yaqona (more commonly known as kava), when coupled with its associated rituals and practices, is commonly recognised as a potent symbol of Fijian identity. However, there are some indigenous Fijians (iTaukei) who dispute this link, renouncing a connection between yaqona protocols, ceremony and conventions and their sense of cultural identity, therefore dissociating themselves from these practices. In this… Read more