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Postgraduate Research Symposium for Masters and PhD students

All Masters and doctoral (PhD) students who are completing research dissertations or theses are invited to participate in the College Postgraduate Research Symposium.

2016: Informing equity and diversity theory and practice

Presentations for the 2016 forum were held on 18 March in the College of Business and Law. The presenters were:

Presenter College Presentation title
Lilly Zhao College of Business and Law Interpreting and Applying Strategies in a Sino-NZ IJV Collaboration
Saman Hassibi College of Business and Law Representation of Gendered Norms in New Zealand Print Media 1950-2015: A Systematic Content Analysis
Khiam Lee College of Business and Law Dynamics of Collaborative Emergency Management :
An ASEAN Perspective
Preet Kaur College of Business and Law How does the LGBT community respond to firms using the LGBT agenda in their marketing activities?
Thomas Davies College of Science Infra-humanitarian Aid? Attributing Humanity to those who give International Aid whilst denying humanity to the Recipients
Janelle Coradine College of Business and Law Every Body Counts. The Security Council And The Gendering of Conflict Discourse. Sexual and Gender Based Violence as a Weapon of War
Mandy Stratford College of Arts The impact of paid parental leave on gender equity in the workplace

About the forum

The forum is hosted by the College of Business and Law. Joint Sponsors are the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) and Business and Economics Research Committee of the College of Business and Law.

The 2016 theme was Informing equity and diversity theory and practice

Rising numbers of women engaged in full-time paid work and in non-traditional roles, improved provision of support for those with disabilities, cheap international travel, technological advances that have expanded our capacity to communicate with strangers, international trade agreements, labour shortages, high levels of leisure travel, democratisation effects of new media, and market forces are just some of the factors that are confronting governments, businesses, communities, public authorities, and individuals with equity and diversity challenges. This symposium aims to reveal the breath of post-graduate research at the University of Canterbury that is addressing matters than relate to equity and diversity.
All UC post-graduate students who are undertaking research that will contribute in some way to our understanding and practice in relation to some aspect of equity and/or diversity were invited to submit an extended abstract for a presentation on their research to the symposium organisers.

Students receive feedback on their abstracts and the authors of those abstracts judged to be the most well-constructed, scholarly and relevant to the symposium theme are invited to present a 10-minute oral presentation to fellow post-graduate students and their supervisors as well as other interested members of the university’s community.

A panel drawn from academics across the campus with interests and expertise in equity and diversity-related scholarship will judge these presentations in terms of their academic merit and presentation style (as detailed in the judging criteria).


  1. All Masters and doctoral students who are completing research dissertations or theses are all eligible to participate.
  2. Students can be at any stage in their research process as long as they have not graduated.
  3. The primary supervisor must confirm that the student is currently engaged in completing research and confirm that the abstract is the student’s own work.
  4. Only one abstract will be accepted from each student.

Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 are awarded to the three best presentations.


The deadline for abstracts has closed. Presentations were held on 18 March 2016.

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