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Doctoral student profiles

Our doctoral students are achieving great results from their research. We've selected a few student profiles to highlight their achievements and share with you below.

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Current PhD students

Martina Daskova
PhD - Aviation 

"The Massey School of Aviation provides the best place for my research with its high standard of education and aviation industry experts who are easy to approach and always provide me the best help of every kind."

Fawad Ahmad
PhD in Accountancy  Candidate

"I wanted to do my degree in an English-speaking country. Naturally New Zealand was the top priority. Massey won out due to the strong research faculty at the School of Accountancy and recommendations from friends already studying at Massey."

Roman Konopka
PhD - Marketing

"I investigated studying at other New Zealand universities but chose Massey because of the great marketing knowledge and expertise of my supervisors. In particular, my main supervisor, Professor Malcolm Wright, is a widely recognised expert in branding, consumer behaviour and marketing research methods."

International PhD students

Jessica Nowak on beach in New Zealand eating icecream

Jessica Nowak
PhD Food Technology

"I always wanted to do my PhD and I love the outdoors - so what better place is there than New Zealand?"

Bo Lin
From China
PhD Aviation Management

Bo says one of the special features of studying at Massey is the multi-city campus structure. This meant he could live in Auckland while studying through the Manawatū campus.

Amaliah Fitriah
PhD Development Studies
CAMPUS – PalmeRston NOrth

For me, Massey is my second family. I feel very happy and secure here, and love living in Palmerston North. Massey has excellent facilities and a supportive environment for PhD students. I always feel listened to and supported by my lecturers.

Paweena Chatsungnoen
PHD Education
CAMPUS - Palmerston North

Studying my PhD in New Zealand has been the best experience. The Massey Institute of Education has a strong reputation among New Zealand universities so it is my pride to study here.

PhD graduates

Dr Annie Zhang

Dr Annie Zhang

Dr Annie Zhang, who graduated with her PhD from Massey University in 2015, hoped her thesis will help improve the financial literacy of Kiwi families.

Dr Alec Astle (right) with Jacob Oram

Dr Alec Astle

Dr Astle was New Zealand Cricket’s national development manager for 10 years and he embarked on his doctorate to capture everything he had learned about sport development in the process.

Dr Litea Meo-Sewabu (right)

Dr Litea Meo-Sewabu

Dr Meo-Sewabu, who is the coordinator of the Pacific Research and Policy Centre at Massey University, graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy from the College of Health in 2016.

Dr Carole Fernandez

Dr Carole Fernandez

Dr Fernandez began her doctoral journey at Te-Pūtahi-a-Toi – the School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education. She transferred to Te Pūmanawa Hauora - the Māori Health Research Unit at Massey’s School of Public Health - to complete a PhD in Public Health.

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