PhD Profiles

Angie Enoka Angie Enoka

Title of PhD Research: 
Under the gaze: A study of the portrayal by the New Zealand print media of Pacific Island workers in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme, 2007 – 2012.

Supervisors: A/Prof Elspeth Tilley, Dr Sean Phelan, Professor Frank Sligo

Short Description of Research Topic:
My research looks at the framing of Pacific Island seasonal workers in articles published by New Zealand newspapers from 2007 to 2012. It examines the media coverage portraying Pacific Island workers temporarily migrating to New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme over a 5-year period using print news reports. This piece of research will illuminate the way Pacific peoples are depicted in the New Zealand media, helping identify potentially harmful stereotypes and assumptions, and lead to outcomes of better recognition of diversity in our culture, and greater tolerance and cultural appropriateness in media depictions...


Hua Dong Hua Dong

Title of PhD Research:
Collaborating to develop: A perspective on contemporary Chinese social partnership.

Short Description of Research Topic:
Since the formation of the new government in 1949, Chinese society has changed dramatically. Rapid economic growth has exposed a number of concerns caused by its aftermath, including environmental issues and social issues. With the impact of globalisation and changing environment conditions in China, practitioners have begun to form ‘social alliances’ to address some of the arising concerns. This research examines selected social alliances between businesses and environmental non-profit organisations from the Chinese mainland and evaluates key success factors for firms involved in a sustainable development oriented corporate social responsibility (CSR) value creation process...


Simon Martin Simon Martin

Title of PhD Research:
Networking for Gold: A multi-level analysis to explain network organising dynamics.

Short Description of Research Topic:
The aim of the research was to understand how the multiple levels within networks influence the organising dynamics in an intentionally formed network through the measurement of tie strength. Of interest was how the organisations involved in New Zealand’s high performance and elite sports network came together to provide services for athletes to win Olympic medals...


Loren Stangl Loren Stangl

Title of PhD Research:
Network relationships in international entrepreneurship: A multilevel analysis. 

Short Description of Research Topic:
Loren’s thesis extends knowledge on the relationship between networks and internationalisation for innovative entrepreneurial firms, by exploring the phenomenon at country, industry, and firm levels. Through multilevel analysis, this thesis builds on the network approach to internationalisation, a theoretical cornerstone in the emerging field of international entrepreneurship research.

The integrated findings from this multilevel analysis provide insights into how networks create awareness, pathways, and competencies for internationalisation. In doing so, this thesis extends understanding of the interconnected, complex, and multilevel relationship between networks and internationalisation for innovative entrepreneurial firms...


Min Wang Min Wang

Title of PhD Research:
Homecoming: Foreign-educated Returnees’ Experience of Re-entry into Chinese Universities in Yunnan Province, China

Supervisors: Professor Frank SligoDr Mingsheng Li

Short Description of Research Topic:
Foreign-educated Chinese returnees’ re-adaptation experience into Chinese universities....


Sara K. McBride Sara K. McBride

PhD Title:

Learnings from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence in New Zealand to inform public education design for other lower seismic hazard zones

Short Description of Research Topic: 
The Canterbury Earthquake Sequence surprised many residents and officials in the Canterbury region. Given the perception that Canterbury was a low risk for significant earthquakes, buildings and infrastructure had not been built up to a higher standard, such as in Wellington.  This event has caused the international community to reflect on states of personal and infrastructure preparedness throughout the world. One place, in Eastern Washington, has a high number of unreinforced masonry buildings, similar to those found in Christchurch and very little reinforced infrastructure. Work commissioned by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) is revealing that the seismic risk is much higher than previously thought, similar to Christchurch...


Dr Thomas Owen Thomas Owen

Title of PhD Research: 
Patents, Pills, the Press and the Poor: Discourse and Hegemony in News Coverage of the Global ‘Access to Medicines’ Dispute, 1997-2003

Supervisors: 
A/Prof Elspeth TilleyDr Sean Phelan (and Dr Slavka Antonova for first 18 months)

Short Description of Research Topic: 
Thomas examined international media coverage of the dispute over pharmaceutical patent protection and access to HIV/AIDS medicines in developing countries…


Dr Nurul Ain Mohd Hasan Nurul Ain Mohd Hasan

Title of PhD Research: 
Towards Achieving Global Standards: The Role of Public Relations in Processes and Outcomes of Corporate Social Responsibilities Initiatives

Supervisors: 
A/Prof Elspeth Tilley and Professor Frank Sligo

Short Description of Research Topic: 
The overarching aim of the research was to explore the current corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of Malaysian multinational corporations (MNCs)…


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