ALPSSGRAD 2019 Graduate and Postgraduate Conference

15 November 2019

Professor Kay Weaver congratulating Ann Afadama for winning a prize for Best Paper.

A very successful ALPSSGRAD Conference was held on 7 and 8 November 2019 at the University of Waikato.

Students from across New Zealand came together to share their ideas and research in a supportive, professional and congenial environment.

52 papers were presented over the 2 days of the Conference.

Four Best Paper Awards went to:

  • Ann Afadama for "Why Nigeria sought military support from its neighbours in the war against Boko Haram" (Political Science & Public Policy, University of Waikato)
  • Juliana Brown for "Mixed methods research: when your participants and your P-values meet" (Psychology, University of Waikato)
  • Brent Commerer for "See how she runs: How and why US presidential primaries have changed" (Political Science, University of Waikato)
  • Margaret Crawford for "Scent detection dogs' acquisition of the lung cancer concept" (Psychology, University of Waikato)

The Rangahau Māori Prize went to:

  • Taniwha Williams for his paper "Why do my whānau not speak te reo Māori?" (Psychology, University of Waikato)
  • A special mention also went to Amelia Williams for "Climate Change: knowing the past to protect our future. Critical Kaupapa Māori: an action science for a globalised world" (Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato)

There were seven special mentions:

  • Sharayne Bennett for "Moral economy: A comparative anthropological essay" (Anthropology, University of Waikato)
  • Francesca Dodd for "Why do we continue to get sub-optimum outcomes in the NZ housing sector? An analysis of a complex governance network" (Geography, University of Waikato)
  • Annelore Finger for "She's a hero! Reflecting on gender representation and children's perception of Disney character Moana" (Screen and Media, University of Waikato)
  • Dee Holmes for "Estate claims under the Family Protection Act 1955 and the crossover between therapeutic jurisprudence and judicial discretion" (Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, University of Waikato)
  • Tihomir Rangelov for "The importance of indigenous languages for science: An example from the Ahamb language of Vanuatu" (Linguistics, School of Arts, University of Waikato)
  • David Trye for "Do the mahi, get the tweets: A linguistic analysis of NZ English on Twitter" (Linguistics / Computer Science, University of Waikato)
  • Ben Young for "The philosophy of time: Presentism, surrogate entities and nonexistent objects" (Philosophy, University of Waikato)

Latest stories

Related stories

How can I be safe at work when my boss is a bit of a psycho?

Happy workers are engaged and productive workers who contribute positively to their workplace. Managers are…

Designing an inclusive citizenship model guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Rapidly growing ethnic communities are projected to be about 30% of the population of Aotearoa…

Waikato Students’ Union (WSU) president Lushomo Thebe at graduation day.

WSU leader celebrates her graduation

October 16 was an important day for Waikato Students’ Union (WSU) president Lushomo Thebe. It…

Martin Lodge

Musical leader's exceptional contribution recognised

The University of Waikato has awarded the prestigious title of Emeritus Professor to Martin Lodge…

IDI Lab sign

Newly refurbished Waikato IDI Lab a catalyst for fostering academic-industry collaboration

The University of Waikato re-opened its newly refurbished Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) Lab; a catalyst…

Leilani Tuala-Warren and Unaisi Narawa

Double appointment at Waikato a “landmark moment” for New Zealand as a Pacific nation

Two new appointments at the University of Waikato, including New Zealand's first Pacific woman to…

2023 TANZOS Talent

Waikato opera programme takes young New Zealand talent to the world stage

Six young singers are preparing to take the stage at the Sydney Opera House for…

Wairehu Grant at the University of Waikato after his music trip to Wales.

Māori Punk to Wales: strengthening international connections

A University of Waikato PhD researcher is sharing Māori punk with the world, and strengthening…

Catherine Chidgey Ockham Awards 2023

Chidgey axes the competition at The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards…again

Catherine Chidgey has been named winner of the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction for…

Exploring and embracing diversity

Research at the University of Waikato is helping to underpin policy development and decisions designed…

Approach with caution: why NZ should be wary of buying into the AUKUS security pact

As the strategic rivalry between the United States and China intensifies, the invitation to discuss…

Sargeson Prize winner praises prestigious award ahead of 2023 entries opening

Entries for the 2023 Sargeson Prize open on April 1, and last year's winner, Leeanne…