New Books: 2015

At the University of Waikato we pride ourselves on teaching and research, and academic staff are benchmarked against the best in the world. Each year many of our academics contribute to or write books on their areas of expertise; this page is designed to highlight their achievements. These books are an extension of the academic excellence on offer at Waikato.


Electric Vehicle Policy: New Zealand in a Comparative Context

By Barry Barton, The University of Waikato, New Zealand and Peter Schutte, Bremen University, Germany

Electric Vehicle Policy: New Zealand in a Comparative Context Electric Vehicle Policy: New Zealand in a Comparative Context

An efficient transport system is essential for any country but transport is expensive and it imposes adverse effects on social wellbeing, in particular greenhouse gasses, air pollution and noise. In this respect, electric vehicles are a desirable alternative to conventional internal combustion vehicles.

The book analyses the laws and policy measures that can be put in place to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the light vehicle fleet.

It provides an investigation that draws on major recent studies under the auspices of the International Energy Agency, the International Council on Clean Transportation, the United States National Research Council, and the British Climate Change Committee. From these studies and other publications, the authors identify a consistent story about the barriers to the uptake of electric vehicles and the success of policy measures to overcome the barriers.

This cutting-edge research is part of the multi-disciplinary study Energy Cultures, www.energycultures.org, which is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Anime Aesthetics: Japanese Animation and the 'Post-Cinematic' Imagination

By Alistair D. Swale

Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand

Anime Aesthetics: Japanese Animation and the 'Post-Cinematic' Imagination

Japanese animation has been more broadly recognised and given fulsome academic commentary over the last decade. However, there is arguably a need for a more philosophically consistent and theoretically integrated engagement as emphasized by scholars such as Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto. While there are notable exceptions within the current literature, and these works highlight significant issues when considered as presenting an aesthetic theory of animation, Anime Aesthetics covers the key thinkers of contemporary aesthetic theory commonly adopted in relation to media (Deleuze, Ranciere, Zizek) and aims to reground reflection on anime within a more specifically aesthetic philosophical tradition, particularly drawing on recent scholarship on the art theory of R.G. Collingwood.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


The Cloud Security Ecosystem: Technical, Legal, Business and Management Issues

Edited by Ryan Ko and Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo

The Cloud Security Ecosystem: Technical, Legal, Business and Management Issues

The Cloud Security Ecosystem: Technical, Legal, Business and Management Issues

Drawing upon the expertise of world-renowned researchers and experts, The Cloud Security Ecosystem comprehensively discusses a range of cloud security topics from multi-disciplinary and international perspectives, aligning technical security implementations with the most recent developments in business, legal, and international environments. The book holistically discusses key research and policy advances in cloud security – putting technical and management issues together with an in-depth treaties on a multi-disciplinary and international subject. The book features contributions from key thought leaders and top researchers in the technical, legal, and business and management aspects of cloud security. The authors present the leading edge of cloud security research, covering the relationships between differing disciplines and discussing implementation and legal challenges in planning, executing, and using cloud security.

Published by Elsevier Inc., USA, 2015.


Shakespeare and Emotions Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies

Edited by R.S. White, Mark Houlahan and Katrina O’Laughlin.

Shakespeare and Emotions Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies

Shakespeare and Emotions Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies

This collection of original essays by established and emerging scholars approaches the works of Shakespeare from the topical perspective of the History of Emotions. What emerges is not a single paradigm or ‘grand narrative’, but a variety of approaches, ranging from the historical to the interpretive, illuminating the primacy of emotions in Shakespearean scholarship and theatre. The section ‘Emotional Inheritances’ looks back to Shakespeare’s sources and cultural backgrounds, showing that some aspects of his representations of emotions come from the classics and medieval world; ‘Shakespearean Enactments’ presents essays that analyse a range of emotional states and issues in the plays themselves; while ‘Legacies and Re-Enactments’ traces aspects of his influence through later times and down to the present day. Taken together, these diverse but related essays present a kaleidoscope of suggestive approaches to the potentially endless subject of emotions in Shakespeare.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan USA, 2015.


Law of Charity

By Juliet Chevalier-Watts

Law of Charity

Law of Charity

Law of Charity is a detailed and authoritative commentary on New Zealand's law of charity and charitable trusts. Juliet Chevalier-Watts, a leading scholar on the subject, draws upon authorities from New Zealand, the Commonwealth and the United States to illustrate the fundamental principles and many of the complexities of the law of charity. 

The book begins with chapters on the history of New Zealand charity law and nature of charitable trusts and the concepts of charitable purpose and public benefit. Chapters 3 to 7 discuss the legal tests that various types of trust must meet in order to be recognised as trusts enjoying charitable status and the final chapter provides a practical and useful guide to the variation and administration of charitable trusts. 

In the foreword to Law of Charity, the Honourable Sir Grant Hammond describes the book as a work that will "be of real benefit to lawyers and jurists and also those with an interest in the wider implications of charities law".

Published by Thomson Reuters, New Zealand, 2015.


Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Culture

Edited by lisahunter, The University of Waikato, Wayne Smith, University of Auckland and elke emerald, Griffith University, Australia

Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Culture

Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Culture

Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Culture is the first book to focus on the significance of Bourdieu's work for, and in, physical culture. Bringing together the work of leading and emerging international researchers, it introduces the core concepts in Bourdieu's thought and work, and presents a series of fascinating demonstrations of the application of his theory to physical culture studies. A concluding section discusses the inherent difficulties of choosing and using theory to unders tand the world around us. By providing an in-depth and multi-layered example of how theory can be used across the many and varied components of sport, leisure, physical education and human movement, this book should help all serious students and researchers in physical culture to better understand the importance of social theory in their work.

Published by Routledge, 2015.


Workplace Learning in Physical Education

Edited by Tony Rossi, The University of Queensland, lisahunter, The University of Waikato and Erin Christensen, The University of Newcastle.

Workplace Learning in Physical Education

Workplace Learning in Physical Education

Workplace Learning in Physical Education explores the workplace of teaching as a site of professional learning. Using stories and narratives from the experiences of pre-service and beginning teachers, the book takes a closer look at how professional knowledge is developed by investigating the notions of 'professional' and 'workplace learning' by drawing on data from a five year project. The book also critically examines the literature associated with, and the rhetoric that surrounds 'the practicum', 'fieldwork' 'school experience' and the 'induction year'.

Published by Routledge, 2015.


Children's Literature in Multilingual Classrooms From Multiliteracy to Multimodality

Edited by Christine Hélot, The University of Strasbourg, Raymonde Sneddon, The University of East London and Nicola Daly, The University of Waikato.

Children's Literature in Multilingual Classrooms

Children's Literature in Multilingual Classrooms From Multiliteracy to Multimodality

In the true multilingual classroom, children use a variety of languages for learning: their home languages, the school language, foreign and second languages offered in the curriculum, minority languages, endangered languages. Transforming our monolingual classrooms into spaces where a multiplicity of languages can thrive remains a pedagogical challenge for most teachers, but greatly enhances the children's learning.

The authors in this collection describe inspirational initiatives in the teaching of literacy and the role of children's literature in multilingual primary classrooms. Accounts by teachers and researchers from the UK, Canada, France, New Zealand, Finland, Spain and Austria of recent innovative classroom-based research projects illustrate new conceptualizations of multilingual literacies and their pedagogical impact in the various teaching contexts. The book explores new forms of pedagogy and presents inspiring examples, such as the 'Little Books', that teachers can adapt to the circumstances and interests of all the children in their classrooms.

Published by ioepress.co.uk, 2014.


The New Zealand Dyslexia Handbook

Edited by Dr Sue Dymock (Faculty of Education, University of Waikato) and Professor Tom Nicholson (Massey University)

The New Zealand Dyslexia Handbook

The New Zealand Dyslexia Handbook

The New Zealand Dyslexia Handbook (NZCER Press) draws on the latest research about dyslexia. The book sets out to demystify dyslexia by empowering teachers and reading specialists with the theoretical background as well as practical tips and information on teaching reading and spelling as well as how to make classrooms dyslexia friendly. Dyslexia affects up to 10 percent of the population or up to 80,000 New Zealand school-aged children but with the right type of intervention the number of students impacted by dyslexia could be reduced significantly. The research is based on working over many years with children with reading difficulties, including dyslexia, who have attended after-school reading centres at the University of Waikato and Massey's Albany campus. The book includes a DVD Talking about Dyslexia which offers powerful insights into the world of students with dyslexia.

Published by NZCER, 2015.


Seascapes: Shaped by the Sea

Edited by Mike Brown, The University of Waikato, New Zealand and Barbara Humberstone, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

Seascapes: Shaped by the Sea

Seascapes: Shaped by the Sea

This edited collection disrupts notions of the sea as 'other', as foreign and featureless, through specific, situated accounts which highlight the centrality of the sea for the individuals concerned. Bringing together academics who combine scholarly expertise with lived experiences on, in and with the sea, it examines humans' relationships with the sea. Through the use of auto-ethnographic accounting, the contributors reflect on how the sea has shaped their sense of identity, belonging and connection. They examine what it is to be engaged with the sea, and narrate their lived, sentient, corporeal experiences.

Published by Ashgate, 2015.


Visions of Peace: The H.W. Youren Collection and The Art of Chinese Soft Diplomacy

By James Beattie and Richard Bullen

Visions of Peace: The H.W. Youren Collection and The Art of Chinese Soft Diplomacy

Visions of Peace: The H.W. Youren Collection and The Art of Chinese Soft Diplomacy

This lavishly produced book—and accompanying exhibition—presents the previously untold story of one man's attempt to use art to promote communist China in post-war New Zealand. As a tireless campaigner for world peace, nuclear disarmament and social justice, left-wing Hawke's Bay farmer H.W. Youren (1910–1983), courted national controversy. In China, he witnessed events seminal in the history of the foundation of the People's Republic. Alongside public talks and published writings, he attempted to use art to present an alternative image of China to that offered by government and the mainstream press. This book celebrates his life and the collection of Chinese art he amassed to promote New China to New Zealand.

Published by MTG Hawke's Bay and Confucius Institute, Canterbury, 2014.


Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand

Edited by James Beattie, Emily O'Gorman and Matthew Henry

Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand

Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand

Offering important new historical understandings of human responses to climate and climate change, this cutting-edge volume explores the dynamic relationship between settlement, climate, and colonization. The contributions gathered here consider a wide range of interrelated topics, among them the use of scientific evidence in historical research, the physical impact of climate on agriculture and land development, and changing understandings of climate, including the development of "folk" and government meteorologies. They reveal Australasia to be a remarkably varied and fertile area for analysing cultural and physical responses to climate as well as the wider social ramifications of historical climatic events today.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan USA, 2014.


Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History

Edited by James Beattie, Emily O'Gorman and Edward Melillo

Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History

Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History

19th-century British imperial expansion has dramatically shaped today's globalised world. Imperialism drove mass migrations of people and altered the trajectories of trade. It also rearranged the world's flora and fauna, leading to a series of radical environmental and social changes never before experienced in history.

Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire explores how networks of human and non-human actors shaped environments, cultures and societies throughout the British Empire and beyond, and how local and regional conditions transformed these densely interconnected systems. The chapters in this collection are written by leading scholars in the field, who draw methodologically from recent studies in environmental history, imperial history, world history and the history of science. Together, these perspectives enrich our historical understanding of how the British Empire remade the globe during the 19th and 20th centuries.

This book will be an important addition to the literature on British imperialism and global ecological change. Find out more.

Published by Bloomsbury USA, 2015.

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