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Now is the time to consider a regulatory body on AI predictive analytics

With Immigration New Zealand recently joining ACC and The Ministry for Social Development on the list of Government departments courting controversy over the use of predictive analytics systems, leading University of Otago researchers say now is the time to consider… Continue Reading →

Power of Change

This article was originally published in He Kitenga. Otago’s Energy Cultures programme has been a huge success, gaining gold status from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Dr Janet Stephenson, Director of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability, doesn’t just talk… Continue Reading →

AI and responsibility

This article was originally published in He Kitenga. Otago researchers are investigating the implications of the artificial intelligence revolution on law, life and work. “Think of the 19th century when people had to walk in front of ‘motorised vehicles’ carrying… Continue Reading →

Otago and Southland families asked for WW1 Passchendaele stories

Otago and Southland people are being encouraged to come forward to the University of Otago with their family stories, photos, and letters about the disastrous WW1 Campaign at Passchendaele. Two History 224 students will collate the material about the famous… Continue Reading →

Philosopher receives prestigious medal

An internationally leading philosopher of memory, Dr Kourken (Kirk) Michaelian, is the latest recipient of the University of Otago’s Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award. The Award and Medal, which recognise outstanding research performance of early-career staff at Otago,… Continue Reading →

Book on the history of New Zealand youth culture launched

Associate Professor Chris Brickell of Gender Studies celebrated the launch of his new book Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture at the Staff Club recently. Published by Auckland University Press the book is a cultural history project investigating the changing… Continue Reading →

Lecturer Receives Funding to Develop Research Infrastructure

University of Otago Lecturer John Shaver has received $US 84,600 ($NZ 112,000) funding from the Templeton Foundation to build an infrastructure to conduct cross-cultural studies on the role of religion in reproductive decision-making, parenting behaviour, and child outcomes. Dr Shaver… Continue Reading →

PhD graduate joins Understanding Unbelief project

Dr Masoumeh (Sara) Rahmani, was awarded a £59,535 research grant by the University of Kent’s Understanding Unbelief project to undertake postdoctoral research at Coventry University, UK. Her proposed research will carry out a cross-cultural investigation of the nature of unbelief… Continue Reading →

Travel Texts and Moving Cultures

Anita Perkins, Department of Languages and Cultures PhD graduate, has recently published a book based on her PhD, answering the question ‘How does the experience of travel transform culture over time?’ The book brings together two main areas of scholarship;… Continue Reading →

New book on Religious Childhoods

Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-world and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950 is a new co-edited collection from Hugh Morrison (University of Otago College of Education), and Mary Clare Martin (Greenwich University, UK).  This new book, published by Routledge, features children and… Continue Reading →

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