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Dr Sharon McLennan


School of People, Environment and Planning



Sharon is interested in volunteerism, social media, health, and development, and her current research is on volunteer tourism in Fiji. This expands on her PhD research on the networking of volunteer organisations in Honduras following the 2009 coup. In 2016 she completed a post-doctoral fellowship exploring community perceptions of corporate community development initiatives of mining and tourism multinationals in the Pacific . Linking these research themes is an interest in new and alternative actors in development, and in contemporary development processes and globalisation.
These themes are also represented in her teaching, which focuses on development and inequality, and global citizenship.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 83662
    Location: 5.11, SST
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Development Studies) - Massey University (2012)
  • Master of Philosophy (Development Studies) - Massey University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Nursing - Wellington Polytechnic (1996)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My current research is focused on the experiences of volunteer tourists and hosts in Fiji,  as well as the discourses and images produced by voluntourism organisations, hosts and volunteers. The aim is critically examine the ways in which voluntourism is shaping development discourses and understandings of global citizenship. 

I also have ongoing interests in volunteering for development (particularly medical volunteerism), international health, and information & Communication Technology and social media for Development. In 2016 I completed a post-doctoral fellowship exploring the Corporate Community Development initiatives of multinationals in the Pacific. Linking all of this together is an interest in new actors in development, and in contemporary development processes and globalisation. 


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100): Anthropology of Development (160101): Human Geography (160400): Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499): Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies (169905)


International volunteering

Voluntourism / Volunteer Tourism

ICT and Social Media for Development

Health and Development

Global Citizenship

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1

Research Outputs


Farrelly, T., Stewart-Withers, RR., McLennan, S., & Gibson, L. (2017). Collective memory-work as method and resistance. SITES: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. 13(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Farrelly, T., McLennan, S., Stewart-Withers, R.
Banks, GA., Scheyvens, RA., McLennan, SJ., & Bebbington, A. (2016). Conceptualising corporate community development. Third World Quarterly. 37(2), 245-263
[Journal article]Authored by: Banks, G., McLennan, S., Scheyvens, R.
McLennan, S. (2014). Medical voluntourism in Honduras: 'Helping' the poor?. Progress in Development Studies. 14(2), 163-179
[Journal article]Authored by: McLennan, S.


McLennan, SJ., & Prinsen, G. (2014). Something old, something new: Research using archives, texts and virtual data. In R. Scheyvens (Ed.) Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide. (pp. 81 - 100). : SAGE
[Chapter]Authored by: McLennan, S., Prinsen, J.Edited by: Scheyvens, R.
McLennan, SJ., Storey, D., & Leslie, H. (2014). Entering the field. In R. Scheyvens (Ed.) Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide. (pp. 143 - 159). : SAGE
[Chapter]Authored by: Leslie, H., McLennan, S.Edited by: Scheyvens, R.
Scheyvens, ., & McLennan, SJ. (2014). Introduction. In R. Scheyvens (Ed.) Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide. (pp. 1 - 16). : SAGE
[Chapter]Authored by: McLennan, S., Scheyvens, R.Edited by: Scheyvens, R.


McLennan, SJ. (2012). An alternative model for development?: promise and politics in the projecthonduras network. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: McLennan, S.Edited by: Andrews, R., Scheyvens, R.


Hazou, RT., Forster, M., & Mclennan, S.Encountering Group Work in Tū Rangaranga. . Massey University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Forster, M., Hazou, R., McLennan, S.
scheyvens, ., banks, GA., Bebbington, A., mclennan, S., hughes, E., & richardson, E. (2014, April). Can corporations do community development? An examination of the mining and tourism industries in the Pacific.. Presented at Association of American Geographers. Tampa, Florida.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Banks, G., Hughes, E., McLennan, S., Scheyvens, R.
McLennan, SJ., Banks, G., Scheyvens, ., Hughes, E., Richardson, E., & Bebbington, T. (2014, November). The future is now: Exploring corporate community development initiatives in the Pacific. Presented at DSA Annual Conference. London, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Banks, G., Hughes, E., McLennan, S., Scheyvens, R.
McLennan, SJ., Scheyvens, R., Banks, G., Hughes, E., & Richardson, E. (2013, November). Corporate community development: Unpacking the rhetoric. Presented at Sustainability Conference. Massey University, Albany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Banks, G., Hughes, E., McLennan, S., Scheyvens, R.
Banks, G., Scheyvens, R., McLennan, S., & Bebbington, A.Conceptualising corporate community development.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Banks, G., McLennan, S., Scheyvens, R.

Consultancy and Languages


  • Spanish
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 1 1


Global Citizenship

Development Theory

Globalisation and Development

Development and Inequaltiy

Development Research

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Natalie Slade - PhD
    Constructing 'refugeeness': Exploring mediated discourses of hospitality, welcome and refugee (self)representation in New Zealand

CoSupervisor of:

  • Sharon Bell - PhD
    How can NGOs facilitate the development of community capacity in a conflict-affected context? A case study of primary healthcare training on the Thai-Myanmar Border

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Dorcas Stellah Tsitsi Shumba - PhD
    The Gender Dimensions of Environmental Change: An Exploration of the Experiences and Perceptions of Rural Men and Women in Zimbabwe

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