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Dr Sharon McLennan

Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

My current research projects include:

-       Cuba in the Pacific: In 2018 I was awarded a Marsden Faststart award ($300000) for research on how Cuban medical cooperation contributes to health and development in the Pacific. This project will run until 2021.

-       Global citizenship education:  In 2017-18 I have been examining the way in which global citizenship is taught in NZ, with a particular focus on the BA core citizenship papers.

-       Voluntourism in Fiji: I have a long-standing interest in international volunteering and most recently have undertaken research on volunteer tourism in Fiji, with a particular interest in the links between global citizenship, social media and development.

Previous research projects include ICT-based networking and social media for development in Honduras (PhD research, 2008-2012), and a post-doctoral fellowship (2013-2016) exploring community perceptions of corporate community development initiatives of mining and tourism multinationals in the Pacific . 

 

My research explores new and alternative actors in international aid and development, and the interface between development, citizenship and globalisation. These themes are reflected in my current and past research in Latin America, the Pacific and New Zealand. 

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Professional

Contact details

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

Qualifications

  • 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

South-South development cooperation

                -Cuban Medical Aid in the Pacific

Global Citizenship Education

International Volunteering and voluntourism

                -Voluntourism in Fiji

                -Private development volunteers in Honduras

ICT4D & Social Media for development

Thematics

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):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Pacific Peoples Health (111715): Public Health and Health Services (111700):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

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 2

Current Projects

Project Title: Multiple coincidences: Cuban medical cooperation in the Pacific

Date Range: 2018 - 2021

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

McLennan, SJ. (2017). Passion, paternalism, and politics: DIY development and independent volunteers in Honduras. Development in Practice. 27(6), 880-891
[Journal article]Authored by: McLennan, S.
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. 14(2), 1-26
[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, SJ. (2016). Techno-optimism or Information Imperialism: Paradoxes in Online Networking, Social Media and Development. Information Technology for Development. 22(3), 380-399
[Journal article]Authored by: McLennan, S.
Mclennan, S. (2014). Networks for development: Volunteer tourism, information and communications technology, and the paradoxes of alternative development. Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 37(1), 48-68
[Journal article]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, S. (2014). Medical voluntourism in Honduras: 'Helping' the poor?. Progress in Development Studies. 14(2), 163-179
[Journal article]Authored by: McLennan, S.

Book

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.

Thesis

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

Conference

Hazou, RT., Forster, M., & Mclennan, S.Encountering group work in Tū Rangaranga. . Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Forster, M., Hazou, R., McLennan, S.
McLennan, . (2017, July). ‘It’s a personal thing’: Voluntourism, social media and the creation of global citizens in Fiji. Presented at Connecting the Dots: International Conference on Tourism, Ethics and Global Citizenship. Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ., & Stewart-Withers, . (2017, July). First do no harm: What fieldwork ethics can contribute to voluntourism practice. Presented at Connecting the Dots: International Conference on Tourism, Ethics and Global Citizenship. Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S., Stewart-Withers, R.
McLennan, SJ. (2016, December). Community development meets personal development: A case study of youth voluntourism in Fiji. Presented at DevNet (Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network). Victoria University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2015, December). Promises, pitfalls, partnerships and politics: Networking volunteers for development in Honduras.. Presented at Development Partnerships: The Role of International Volunteering. Workshop on International Volunteering. National University of Singapore.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ., & Banks, GA. (2015, September). Power, agency and the anticipation of dependency: Community expectations of corporate community development the mining and tourism sectors in the Pacific. Presented at UK Development Studies Association Annual Conference. Bath, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Banks, G., McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2015, September). Facilitating global solidarity in a neoliberal age? Exploring voluntourism and development in Honduras and Fiji. Presented at UK Development Studies Association Annual Conference. Bath, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2015, September). Global work and the contact zone: Exploring development voluntourism in Honduras and Fiji. Presented at Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference. Exeter, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
Scheyvens, ., Banks, GA., Bebbington, A., McLennan, S., Hughes, EL., & 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. (2014, November). Techno-optimism or Information Imperialism: Paradoxes in Online Networking, Social Media and Development. Presented at DevNet (Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network). Otago.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2014, November). Business as a development agent in the Pacific: Perspectives from mining and tourism. Presented at DevNet (Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network). Otago.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
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 The Development Studies Association Annual Conference 2014. 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.
McLennan, SJ. (2013, December). Culturescapes of Corporate Community Development in Mining and Tourism in the Pacific. Presented at Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Ethnoscapes, Culturescapes: Anthropologies for the present,. Raglan, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.Contributed to by: Banks, G.
McLennan, SJ. (2013, December). Reflections on a disjuncture: Politics and promise in the projecthonduras.com network. Presented at Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand: Ethnoscapes, Culturescapes: Anthropologies for the present. Raglan, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
Banks, G., Scheyvens, R., McLennan, S., & Bebbington, A.Conceptualising corporate community development.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Banks, G., McLennan, S., Scheyvens, R.
McLennan, SJ. (2012, December). The paradox of social media for development: the case of projecthonduras.com. Presented at Devnet International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice. Auckland University, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2012, December). Intersecting identities / diverging responsibilities: Balancing family and research in post-coup Honduras. Presented at Devnet International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2012, July). Deceptive and disingenuous? Prioritising the (Honduran) margins in representations of the (North American) centre. Presented at Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA) X Biennial Conference. Victoria University, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2010, September). Online networking for development: an exploration of projecthonduras.com. Presented at International Network for Postgraduate Students in the Area of ICT4D Conference. Barcelona, Spain.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2010, December). DIY development: Questioning “social engagement” with the poor. Presented at DevNet (Aotearoa New Zealand Development Studies Association) Conference Making. Development Sustainable: Connections, Learning, Commitment. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ.Human Capital x ICT = A formula for alternative development? Exploring the projecthonduras.com network. : ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (Doctoral Colloquium)
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: McLennan, S.

Other

McLennan, SJ. (2018, March). ‘It’s a personal thing’: Voluntourism, social media and the creation of global citizens in Fiji. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.
McLennan, SJ. (2014, November). Exploring corporate community development initiatives in the Pacific: Invited Presentation, Anthropology department, London School of Economics.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: McLennan, S.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

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

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 0 2

Teaching

Global Citizenship

Development Theory

Globalisation and Development

Development and Inequaltiy

Development Research

Courses Coordinated

  • 230.210 Tū Rangaranga: Global Encounters

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

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

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Sharon Bell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Health justice for all: The development of alternative health system capabilities in the conflict-affected context of Shan State, Myanmar
  • 2017 - Dorcas Shumba - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Gender Dimensions of Environmental Change: An Exploration of the Experiences and Perceptions of Rural Men and Women in Zimbabwe

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