Professor Priya Kurian
Qualifications: BA (University of Madras), MA, PhD (Purdue University)
Personal Website: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/fass/about/staff/pkurian
Programme: Political Science & Public Policy
School: Social Sciences
Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
Research Interests and Expertise
I am a feminist political scientist who brings issues of gender, race and postcolonial theory to the core of my work. I draw on feminist and postcolonial theory to uncover the ways in which dominant, primarily western, worldviews legitimise global political power structures. My research is interdisciplinary and involves work on environmental, social, and cultural sustainability through a focus on three overlapping areas of study: environmental politics and policy (with attention to issues of sustainable development); policy studies (especially science and technology politics); and development studies (specifically ‘women, culture, and development’).
Current research includes a Marsden Grant-funded project (with Debashish Munshi) on ‘Sustainable Citizenship: Transforming Public Engagement on New and Emerging Technologies’ and a study of transnational feminist networks and the use of social media in mobilizing on violence against women.
I use a range of research methods informed by critical feminist, postcolonial and deliberative democracy theories, including semi-structured interviews; discourse analysis; citizen jury; and Q Methodology.
Donna Haraway, Edward Said, bell hooks, John Dryzek
Simon-Kumar, R., Kurian, P., Young-Silcock, F., & Narasimhan, N. (2017). Mobilising culture against domestic violence in migrant and ethnic communities: practitioner perspectives from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(4), 1387-1395. doi:10.1111/hsc.12439
Munshi, D., Kurian, P., & Xifra, J. (2017). An (other) ‘story’ in history: Challenging colonialist public relations in novels of resistance. Public Relations Review, 43(2), 366-374. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2017.02.016
Kurian, P., Munshi, D., Kathlene, L., & Wright, J. (2016). Sustainable citizenship as a methodology for engagement: Navigating environmental, economic and technological rationalities. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6, 617-630. doi:10.1007/s13412-015-0350-9
Zuhair, M. H., & Kurian, P. A. (2016). Socio-economic and political barriers to public participation in EIA: implications for sustainable development in the Maldives. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 34(2), 129-142. doi:10.1080/14615517.2016.1176404
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Papers I Teach
A former journalist, Priya enjoys teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also enjoys the stimulus of supervision and is currently supervising 5 PhD and 3 Masters students. In 2012 she won the University of Waikato’s Research Postgraduate Supervision Excellence Award.
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