Dr Rathee D. Sivasubramaniyam

Rathee Sivasubramaniyam

Student Advisor

Qualifications: BSocSc(Hons), PhD (Waikato)

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About Rathee

Kia ora, I am Rathee (pronounced as Ra-dee). As a Student Advisor in the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, and Social Sciences, my key responsibilities include but are not limited to, processing students’ enrolments (undergraduate and post-graduate), responding to MyWaikato enquiries, assisting students with programme planning and study advising, monitoring students' performance in ALPSS papers, providing pastoral care for domestic students, and working the ALPSS Information Hub. I am the key contact for programme advice for the Environmental Planning and Music qualifications. I have a BSocSc(Hons) and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Waikato. I am also an accredited Standard Mental Health First Aider.

My current role as a student advisor enables me to build strong relationships with students, academic staff members, and key university stakeholders while providing extensive administrative support to the division and providing students direct and thorough advice to complete their qualifications successfully.

I am always keen to make new connections, so please do not hesitate to get in touch (even just to say hi!). You can reach me at 07 838 4470 or [email protected].

Research Interests

I completed a PhD in Transport Psychology in April 2021 which was supervised by Professor Samuel Charlton and Dr Rebecca Sargisson. My thesis focused on New Zealander’s travel mode choices for their daily commute by examining the factors behind their mode choices, their mode commitment, their decision-making strategies, and their ability to self-persuade themselves to reduce their car use. I produced three publications from my thesis and these were published in two peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Travel Behaviour and Society and Transport Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives Journal. Below are the links to my publications:

Mode Choice and Mode Commitment

Satisfaction from satisficing: Understanding commuters' satisficing tendencies

Super-tailoring: Using self-persuasion to reduce drivers’ car use

Here is a link to my PhD thesis:

Recent Publications

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Human Behaviour; Psychology; Transport