Population growth is theorised to cease globally about 2100, resulting in irreversible population shrinkage in most countries. A research project led by Professor Natalie Jackson and designed to develop a theory of depopulation, and the unfolding mechanisms underlying it to assist policymakers to respond, is one of three research projects led by University of Waikato researchers to receive support from the Marsden Fund, New Zealand's funding for ideas-driven research.
The Marsden Fund supported projects
The Marsden Fund has announced it will distribute $59 million to fund 110 new research projects nationwide, each for a three-year period
The Marsden Fund supported projects at Waikato University are:
- ‘The sub-national mechanisms of the ending of population growth. Towards a theory of depopulation’, Professor Natalie Jackson, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, total funding: $748,000.
- ‘Children visiting a museum: information gathering or creative capacity building?’, Professor Margaret Carr, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, total funding: $778,000.
- ‘The Evolution of Biosynthetic Pathways and Metabolism’, Professor Vic Arcus, Department of Biological Sciences, with co-Principal Investigator Dr Wayne Patrick (University of Otago), total funding: $739,130.
Professor Margaret Carr’s project is designed to examine young children’s creative inclinations to puzzle about the unknown and develop innovative working theories. It will challenge international monocultural definitions of innovation potential and creative capacity by examining children’s responses to well-designed museum visits from kohanga reo and kura kaupapa Maori.
Professor Vic Arcus is co-Principal Investigator of a project designed to examine the evolution of a network of enzymes that facilitate cellular metabolism by resurrecting and examining ancient enzymes.
“I’m delighted with our researchers’ successes," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford. "Their projects are just some of the exciting work we undertake that is of direct relevance for policymakers and business people for developments that will benefit us as a nation and that have clear international relevance.”
The Marsden Fund
The Marsden Fund is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Marsden Fund Council, and funded by the New Zealand Government. It supports projects in the sciences, technology, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities.