Indigenous Influences on the Design and Development of Brain Controlled Prosthetics

Opportunity with funding
Closing date No closing date

Subject(s)Engineering, Māori and Indigenous Studies.

DegreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

SupervisorDr Mahonri Owen

About this opportunity

Te Ao Māori (The Māori world) offers a unique and valuable perspective of the world that we live in. It encourages an intimate understanding of the environment and shows us that everything has a mauri (life force) and a mana (prestige) of its own. If this perspective was represented in rehabilitation (as it rarely is at present), Māori would stand to gain considerable benefit. It is the aim of this doctoral project to bridge the gap that exists between current rehabilitation practices and what a Māori approach toward rehabilitation might be. It is expected that as Te Ao Māori is included in the design and development of assistive devices and the processes surrounding rehabilitation the quality of life of an amputee will increase. As a result, Māori and all New Zealander’s will be empowered to participate in and contribute to their wider social constructs in meaningful ways.


The application process


Review of applicants begins 1 December, 2023 and will continue until the vacancy is filled

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