Open Source Article of the Week: The Consequences of Spatial Inequality for Adolescent Residential Mobility by Vogel and Zwiers

A large body of literature suggests that neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage is positively associated with out-mobility. However, prior research has been limited by (1) the inability to account for endogenous factors that both funnel families into deprived neighborhoods and increase their likelihood of moving out, and (2) the failure to consider how the spatial distribution of socioeconomic deprivation… Read more

Early Career Researcher Advice Article of the Week: Saving Space by Jonathan O’Donnell

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had all the space that you needed to explain your research carefully and completely to the funding agency? Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was space for nuance and complexity? Wouldn’t it be terrific if your application fitted within the stupid page limit and you didn’t have to delete another half a page…it’s already midnight and you just want to go to bed. Much as I feel for your… Read more
Example of poor text layout

Pasifika Researcher article of the Week: Addressing inequality? Economic affirmative action and communal capitalism in post-coup Fiji by Steven Ratuva

Economic affirmative action, defined as ‘government-mandated preferential policies toward government-designated groups’ (Sowell 1990:10), became an important state policy in Fiji after independence in 1970. Economic affirmative action emerged as a result of growing concern about imbalances between Fiji’s two principal ethnic groups, which was the result of the unequal process of capitalist… Read more

National Science Challenge Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities Research Article of the Week: Post – Occupancy Evaluation of Neighbourhoods: a review of the literature by Boarin, Besen, and Haarhoff

This literature review presents the state of the art of Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of neighbourhoods. POE is a useful way of confirming the actual performance of the built environment, including quantitative and qualitative data. Although POEs are commonly used in the building scale, there are limited examples of POEs in large scale, including communities, cities and regions. Therefore, this report presents… Read more

Māori Researcher Article of the Week: Ko Wai Au (Who Am I)? Authentic Leadership and Mindfulness in Higher Education

Identity is a huge part of leadership. This chapter will describe the challenges of returning to my country of birth, Aotearoa (New Zealand) after 27 years of living and working in Australia, to take on a senior leadership role in a mid-sized, urban university. It will reflect on the value of intentional and mindful construction of professional role identities and how I, as a brown woman in a position of influence, have… Read more

Open Access Article of the Week: Organisational Identity as a Barrier to Widening Access in Scottish Universities by Boliver, Powell, and Moreira

Widening access policy has historically focused on tackling the socioeconomic barriers to university access faced by prospective students from under-represented groups, but increasingly policy makers are seeking to also address the barriers to wider access posed by undergraduate admissions policies. In this vein, the Scottish Government has recently called upon universities to set separate academic entry… Read more

Have Your Say: Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 Regulations – Healthy Homes Standards

Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand. Our rental homes are often cold and damp which, in turn, can lead to negative health and social outcomes for tenants. MBIE are seeking feedback on proposed standards to make rental homes warmer and drier. The healthy homes standards will set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, draught-stopping, drainage and the control of moisture in residential… Read more

Pasifika Researcher article of the Week: Elections and the dilemma of indigenous Fijian political unity by Alumita Durutalo

The notion of indigenous Fijian political unity was a social construction which emerged after the establishment of the colonial state in 1874. Within Fijian society itself, the idea of political unity was adopted from indigenous forms of knowledge in which the philosophy of unity was embodied in customary leadership practices within the context of sociopolitical constructs such as the I tokatoka, mataqali, yavusa,… Read more

National Science Challenge 11 Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities Research Paper of the Week: Māori Housing Think Tank Hui

The Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamahorahora National Science Challenge (BBHTC NSC) convened a Māori Housing Think Thank hui to help establish a kaupapa Māori research program for the ‘Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua’ research area that makes a highly visible and disruptive contribution to the housing, urban design, and planning debate. This paper provides a summary of the… Read more