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Sharon McLennan's current research projects include:
- Cuba in the Pacific: In 2018 Sharon 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 Sharon has been carrying our reseach exploring the way in which global citizenship is taught in NZ, with a particular focus on the BA core citizenship papers.
- Voluntourism in Fiji: Sharon has 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 .
Dr Sharon McLennan's research explores new and alternative actors in international development and global health, and the interface between development, citizenship and globalisation. These themes are reflected in her current and past research in Latin America, the Pacific and New Zealand .Sharon teaches international development, and is the distance coordinator for 230.210 Global Encounters. She also has a background in health as a registered nurse and international volunteer in the Philippines and Central America.
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
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100): Anthropology of Development (160101): Citizenship (160602): Human Geography (160400): Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Pacific Peoples Health (111715):
Political Science (160600):
Public Health and Health Services (111700): Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799):
Studies In Human Society (160000)
Health and Development
Latin America (particularly Cuba and Honduras)
Voluntourism / Volunteer Tourism
ICT and Social Media for Development
Project Title: Multiple coincidences: Cuban medical cooperation in the Pacific
Date Range: 2018 - 2021
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand
Globalisation and Development
Development and Inequaltiy