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Kia ora, I am a political scientist working at the intersection of politics, digital methods and linguistics. I have a professional background (2000-2013) as a software developer focused on web technologies and use this experience to build, manipulate, and “mash up” large data-sets from the web, to apply quantitative and qualitative computer-assisted approaches to analyse texts, and to build interfaces to interact with and analyse data.

In February 2022 I started a continuing role as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts | Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata at UC in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, New Zealand. In this role I am:

  • teaching into a new course in the compulsory roster of the BA
  • teaching a Digital Humanities course as part of the Masters of Applied Data Science programme
  • coordinating a new initiative for students starting their Bachelor of Arts
  • continuing my research on “Issue Mapping and Analysing the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Debate” (Marsden Grant 19-UOC-068)

Prior to this new continuing role, I’ve been in a number of fixed term positions since 2018. This includes a position as a Lecturer in Digital Humanities, a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Political Science and International Relations Department working on the Mapping LAWS project, and an earlier Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Arts Digital Lab. I am still an active member of the Arts Digital Lab, working and advising on lab projects and direction.

Research Interests and Methodologies

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer and distance learning development for DIGI405 “Texts, Discourses and Data: the Humanities and Data Science” (2019-present).
  • Regular guest lectures on New Zealand politics (on “Parliament and Political Parties”), environmental politics (“Green parties”), and research methods (on “Digital Methods”) (2015-present).
  • Temporary Lecturer for third year “Environmental Politics and Policy” course (covering lectures, hosting invited speakers, organising and leading Marae field trip for injured colleague) (2019).
  • Supervised multiple Honours/Masters-level research projects in data science, digital humanities, and environmental studies (2019-present).
  • Lecturer, for first year “Introduction to New Zealand Government and Public Policy” course, Lincoln University, NZ (2016).
  • Tutor in introductory NZ politics and international relations.

Recent Research

I have presented my research at relevant conferences, symposia, and workshops, including: International Studies Association (ISA), New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA), Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS), Linguistics Society of New Zealand (LangSoc), ‘Jean Monnet Chair RCX-EU Symposium on International Leadership and Global Governance’ and ‘Research-based solutions to online hate and offline consequences Workshop’. I’ve participated in symposia and seminars across UC (Digital Humanities, Political Science, Media and Communications, UC Library, NZ Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour). I was funded to participate in the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity Summer School (CUSP, UK; 2017) and also presented my research to CUSP in London and the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey. I’ve also disseminated research via Café Scientifique, National Digital Forum and the Workers Education Association.

Professional activities

I have been active in the organising committees of Australasian Association for Digital Humanities Conference (2020-2021) and the New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference (NZPSA 2019). I co-organised the NZPSA Postgraduate Workshop in 2013 and led organisation of the 2019 NZPSA Postgraduate Workshop. I was Postgraduate representative for the NZPSA in 2014 and 2015.