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Current PhD Students

The Department's doctoral programme follows a UK tradition of the award of a doctoral degree by thesis, although students are required to have appropriate entry qualifications and may be required to undertake course in research methods and epistemologies. Please note that students are also required to defend their thesis in front of a panel for a viva. Current students in recent years include: 
Name Thesis title Description of research
Barber, Kirsty Realising our best intentions: Achieving congruence between visitors, values and practice in Community Mental Health Organisations  
Bartosh, Travis Beyond Local: New Zealand Farmers’ Markets and the Local-Global Dialectic Farmers’ markets are often assumed to be a local phenomenon. However, in this thesis I explore the ways New Zealand farmers’ markets communicate their engagement in both local and global processes. By using farmers’ markets as an example to study the connection and interaction between local and global processes I hope to better understand the complexity and fluidity of local and global discourses.
Bollard, Rebecca (Co-supervised with FASS) Using Sustainable Citizenship to Form a Deliberative Policy Framework: An Analysis of Reproductive Technology in New Zealand  
Brown, Dot (Co-supervised with Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences) Communication Networks of Men with Cancer I’m interested in how men engage their communication networks. Because I’m doing a PhD with publication I am doing four separate but related projects. I’m exploring the challenges and tensions men experience when disclosing about their changing health status to others in the networks. I’m developing a network scale for use by social workers and I’m also conducting a longitudinal study to find out how networks have changed in response to a diagnosis of cancer. I’m using a mixed methods approach by combining qualitative and quantitative approaches.
Byrnes, Vanessa (Co-supervised with FASS) 'Removing the Cloak of Invisibility': New Zealand Directors Discuss Theatre Directing Praxis  
Dhaliwal, Narrinder Kaur (Co-supervised with Strategic and Human Resource Management, WMS) An Investigation of Stakeholder Engagement in Achieving Equitable and Sustainable Consumptive Water Allocation in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand  
Doan, Mai Anh Locating investor relations in an emerging stock market Looking into the management of the amount, quality and sources of information for the Vietnamese stock market
Gillovic, Brielle (Co-supervised with Tourism and Hospitality Management, WMS) The lived experiences and entanglements of 'carers' accompanying persons with accessibility needs during travel  
James, Elizabeth (Co-supervised with Tourism and Hospitality Management, WMS) Beyond autonomy: an analysis of the relationship between leaders and followers within midwifery in New Zealand  
Jones, Ingrid (co-supervised with FEDU) Reimagining disability: Towards learning disability pride  
Lockwood, Sarah The self-organising of volunteering youth during crisis events This study explores the communication and organising of youth volunteers during a crisis, focusing on how they conceived, framed, and executed self-organising efforts during the 2011 Rena oil spill in New Zealand. If offers insight into the intersections of self-organising, youth volunteering and crisis events which have not been researched before. The study addresses two core research questions: (1) How was ‘volunteering’ conceptualized by youth volunteers involved in the Rena crisis? and (2) How did these volunteers communicate and self-organise during this crisis?
Madho Kandage, Gayadini Imesha Dharmasena The role of communication channels and networks in building community resilience during natural disasters in different cultural contexts: A comparative study of Sri Lanka and New Zealand.   The aim of this research project is to explore how organisations involved in disaster management convey the meaning of being resilient in different cultural contexts. In particular I'm interested in the use of communication by networks of organisations that are involved in disaster management and the process of building and maintaining cooperation between organisations within the network.  The ultimate aim of this research is to contribute to the understanding of how to enhance community resilience to natural disasters.   
O’Connor, Huw Co-supervised with Marketing, WMS) Advertising Creativity in the Real World: The Function of Intra-Agency Conflict  
Rodrigues, Sanaya (Co-supervised with Tourism and Hospitality Management, WMS) The construction of identities, meaning and experiences of Catholic laity visiting religious retreats in India  
Sheffer, Bridget (Co-supervised with Management Systems, WMS) Translating Geek Speak: A CCO analysis of technology companies’ communication gaps I am gathering and analysing data using grounded theory method, looking at the communication challenges in web-based software development organizations. One of my more surprising observations, to date, is the power struggle between the technical and non-technical people over resources and how they communicate the struggle.
Smith, Mark (Co-supervised with FASS) Using the past: Learning histories, public histories and possibilities  
Wang, Ying Decide for uncertainty - The communicative process of partnership My PhD study explores ethics-related issues, in the context of cross-sector partnership, from a communication-centred approach. It focuses on the dynamic process whereby different ethical and moral viewpoints compete and compromise to engage in a mutually negotiated ethical praxis, as a product of communicative process in partnership.
Wengel, Yana (Co-supervised with Tourism and Hospitality Management, WMS) Communication of Ideals, Narratives and Discourses in Alternative Volunteer Exchange Programmes: An Examination of WWOOF Farms in New Zealand. This interdisciplinary research combines the areas of Tourism Studies and Management Communication. The study looks at the WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) Programme which connects volunteers who work on organic farms in countries of their choice in exchange for food and accommodation. The primary aim of the research is to critically explore the communication of the WWOOFing values and philosophy that socially construct this type of tourism. The data was collected via a mix of qualitative methods including a creative method of Lego Serious Play.  
Williams, Warren Maori Leadership in ICT (Information & Communications Technology) : An action research study. This study will research Maori in a senior leadership role, within the ICT industry.
Yaeghoobi, Ehsan The Impacts of Corporate Transparency Communication and Sustainability Expectations on Organizational Behaviour  

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