Sharon McLennan

Sharon McLennan Massey University

Sharon completed her Sylff-funded PhD in Development Studies in 2012. Her thesis explored the on- and off-line networking of small, volunteer organisations in the often chaotic environment of post-coup Honduras. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in Development Studies at Massey University. Working with a team of researchers, her post-doctoral research investigates the corporate community development initiatives of mining and tourism corporations in the Pacific. She also has an ongoing interest in volunteer tourism (particularly medical volunteerism), international health, and information & Communication Technology for Development, and in 2015 will be undertaking research looking at volunteer tourism in Fiji. Linking these projects together is an interest in new actors in development, and in contemporary development processes and globalisation.

Sharon has a background in nursing, and prior to doing her PhD worked in internal medicine, occupational health and in primary health care. She also worked as a volunteer in Vanuatu, the Philippines and in Central America. It was these experiences which caused her to start questioning the role of outsiders in development, and which sparked her interest in development studies.