Ngā Ara Whetū put words into action recently when Niki Harré and Margaret Stanley ran a short course in advocacy for 20 Doctoral students.


The workshops delved into different types of advocacy, reflections on our values and niches, and how to establish a profile and document the evidence. Students wrote an advocacy plan for themselves and in the second workshop shared a small act of advocacy they had carried out. There was a wonderfully transdisciplinary panel of academics (Prof. Alistair Woodward, Population Health; Assoc. Prof. Alys Longley, Dance Studies; and Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Frost, History) who outlined how they hoped their work encouraged change, and students reflected on their research and its potential impact. They also discussed how academics can influence policy and management at different scales from communities right up to central government.


Students shared their doctoral research via a Tweet-style statement for a lay audience – here’s five from the great array of subjects Ngā Ara Whetū Doctoral students are studying!

  • People enjoy living in apartments, but they sometimes feel lonely and wish they could build more friendships with their neighbours.
  • Businesses prefer taking used products to recycle when the process is easy. My research helps businesses optimise used-product take-back.
  • Fatter snapper hang out in New Zealand mussel farms.
  • Light and noise at night can affect how birds sleep. And sleepy birds sing less and simpler songs.
  • Making driving more expensive could lower emissions more than free public transport. But we also need to give money back to families to offset costs.



Ngā Ara Whetū supports academics in multiple ways. Visit our funding page to see our current opportunities.



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