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PhD Studentship - Māori Frameworks For Responsible Innovation


The Role and Opportunity 

At AgResearch, our purpose is to use science to enhance the value, productivity, and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food, and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to beneficial environmental, social and economic outcomes for New Zealand.  We are committed to the knowledge system of Mātauranga Māori on equal footing with Western science and existing structures, that have helped support positive change in farming practices and food production in Aotearoa.

The PhD candidate will be a part of the Tua o Mātai Whetū team at AgResearch and co-supervised by Associate Professor Phillip Wilcox and Dr Mike King at the University of Otago and Dr James Turner at AgResearch. The candidate would be located at an AgResearch Campus at Hamilton, Lincoln, or Dunedin with potential to visit University of Otago.


What you will be doing

AgResearch is seeking to build Māori researcher capability in the research, design, and implementation of Māori frameworks for ethical research and responsible innovation. AgResearch, in partnership with the Bioethics Centre at the University of Otago, is therefore seeking a graduate with an interest or experience in Māori-led and/or kaupapa Māori research on ethical research frameworks and systems of innovation. The aim of the research is to develop a framework for conducting ethical research in the land-based sectors that is based on Māori values. This research will contribute to the delivery of knowledge in the field of Māori frameworks and Māori-centred approaches for responsible innovation addressing questions such as:

  • What frameworks should guide responsible innovation, including with Māori communities and agricultural interests, e.g. tikanga, te Tiriti o Waitangi?
  • What are existing and suggested practices, issues, successes, and failures for responsible innovation from a range of different perspectives, specifically Māori communities?


Your Ideal Background

The ideal candidate would be able to demonstrate:

  • An interest, or ideally experience, in areas aligned with the study of frameworks for ethical research or responsible innovation, such as human or animal ethics
  • Knowledge of, or interest in, frameworks for ethical research with Māori communities (e.g. tikanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Nohonga Kaitiaki, Te Ara Tika).
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, kaupapa Māori, Māori-centred or values-based research with Māori communities.
  • A willingness for, and ideally experience with, working in interdisciplinary projects.

You will have an Honours or Master’s degree or equivalent with a dissertation or thesis component that preferably includes consideration of Māori frameworks for ethical research, and use of kaupapa Māori or Māori-centred research approaches.

This position is suitable to applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, but an interest in, and ideally experience with, Māori-centred and/or kaupapa Māori research, ethics in research and ethical research frameworks is preferred. Candidates ideally will be interested in developing other disciplinary skills as part of the PhD.

The PhD studentship will be fully funded, including stipend, fees and travel costs for periods at University of Otago.




How to Apply

If this sounds like you, apply today on the link below with a CV and covering letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this scholarship. 

Please follow this link to view the position description Studentship Position Description.pdf

For a confidential discussion contact Dr James Turner via email

Applications close:  Friday 15th July 2022