November doctoral Dean's list announced

The Dean's list is a formal record and public acknowledgement of those doctoral graduates whose theses have been judged by their examiners to be of exceptional quality and whose work makes an outstanding contribution to their field of research. We congratulate the following graduates on their inclusion in the Dean's list, announced in November 2018:

Ann Pairman

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Children spend long days in early childhood education (ECE) centres, but the impact of building design on their experiences is poorly understood. Ann Pairman’s study investigates how size and configuration of built environments impact children’s everyday lives. It shows that large spaces incorporating separated rooms enable diverse activities and daily and individual rhythms to coexist harmoniously. Children use separated rooms to be exuberant, quiet, private, and for prolonged play in small groups. Mobile toddlers use open-plan space to ‘journey’ together while remaining visually connected. Ann’s findings show how design enables and constrains both teachers and children’s agency in ECE centres.

Supervised by Professor Carmen Dalli and Dr Bronwyn Wood

Cailing Lu

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics

Supervised by Associate Professor Averil Coxhead, Associate Professor Peter Gu and Professor Frank Boers

Olayinka Moses

Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting

Natural resources contribute significantly to the revenue of resource-rich countries around the globe. Paradoxically, corruption in the management of these resources has impeded their benefits to poor resource-rich countries confronted with weak governance. Olayinka Moses' study examines the effectiveness of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in mitigating corruption, and the economic value of extractive companies' information disclosed under the EITI implementation regime. Olayinka’s research shows that the EITI has been relatively effective in lessening the level of perceived corruption in resource-rich sub-Saharan African countries, and the information released under the EITI implementation regime has economic value both at the initial and subsequent continued release.

Supervised by Professor Tony van Zijl and Associate Professor Noor Houqe

Ruth Weatherall

Doctor of Philosophy in Management

Community organisations are important sites for generating social change, but community workers face tensions between enacting social justice identities and the political risks of such identities in a neo-liberal context. Ruth Weatherall's research explores how identity can catalyse change in the community sector, in relation to an organisation supporting survivors of domestic violence. Ruth's research analyses the role of strong emotions and social activist identity in strengthening collective responsibility for victims of violence, the necessity of celebrating gender identity for confronting violence against women's bodies, and the value of feminist identity for negotiating pressures on community organisations to become businesslike.

Supervised by Associate Professor Deborah Jones and Associate Professor Todd Bridgman

Ryan Schwamm

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

Supervised by Professor Martyn Coles and Dr Alison Edwards

Tahlia Kingi

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

The whakataukī (proverb) ‘e kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea’ asserts that as Māori, we are never lost, for we are seeds sown in Rangiātea. However, many rangatahi (young people), regardless of the strength of their identity as Māori, feel they are lost, and for some, self-injury is one means of coping. Tahlia Kingi’s research explores how rangatahi and their whānau define and experience self-injury using traditional knowledge and the experiences of rangatahi and whānau today. Tahlia’s research takes a strength-based approach to establish a knowledge base regarding self-injury for Māori, and proposes solutions grounded in te ao Māori for supporting rangatahi and whānau.

Supervised by Professor Marc Wilson, Dr Awanui Te Huia and Dr Lynne Russell