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Research Associates

Research Associates

Research Associates

University of Canterbury, Rotorua & Waimakariri based

Closing Date : 15 Mar 2018

Research Associate in Urban/Town Planning and Māori Development (two positions: Rotorua and Waimakariri based).

Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE), or part-time (subject to agreement)
  • 5 years fixed term

The Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) Toi Hangarau at the University of Canterbury has secured funding from New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for the projectMap-based tools for Community Rūnanga-led sustainable town planning in small and medium settlements in New Zealand.

The aim of this project is to improve current urban planning frameworks through a better integration of Mātauranga and local knowledge in decision-making.

The questions it will address include the following:

  • Which planning tools can support a better integration of Mātauranga and Tikanga, as well as other forms of local knowledge in urban/town planning?
  • Which engagement methodologies are the most appropriate to collaborate and cooperate with Rūnanga and other local communities (e.g. urban Māori and other non-Māori)?
  • How can the tools and methods be evaluated, and improved to fit the needs of specific communities in collaboration with local governments?

The project integrates the co-creation of new tools with Rūnanga and other local communities in two case studies: Waimakariri and Rotorua. The research ultimately aims to support other New Zealand cities to either implement the map-based tools or use the engagement methodologies to develop their own tools.

Map-based tools can include web-based modelling and assessment tools, mobile map application to engage the community, 3D visualisation models, or other forms of spatial mapping; the result of the project and the specificities of the co-created map-based tools will depend on current needs and priorities identified by communities.

Researchers will be based in Christchurch, with but also spend some time in the Waimakariri and Rotorua.

The project includes two Research Associate positions in Urban/Town Planning and Māori Development. The ideal candidates should have demonstrated experience in Māori development and/or related disciplines, and community engagement experience in one of the case-study locations (Rotorua and Waimakariri). Good interpersonal and organisational skills, and knowledge of local Māori communities in one of the case-study locations are essential. One of the Research Associate will be based in Rotorua and another in the Waimakariri or Christchurch.

For further information on these two positions please contact

Located on a picturesque campus, the University of Canterbury offers an extensive range of services and facilities, inclusive of library and art collections, child-care centres, health centre, recreation centre, pharmacy, bookshop and cafe's. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a world class, diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 15 March 2018.

Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted online.

Should you wish to e-mail any additional attachments or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to Nikki Gibbs, Recruitment Coordinator,

Further information about the GRI contact Professor Simon Kingham,

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