October 31, 2016
Motu offers Maori research boost
Economic and public policy research firm Motu is offering students of Maori descent a one-year $10,000 scholarship to help with work on an Honours, Masters or PhD thesis.
Director Adam Jaffe says the firm wants to improve the level of public policy debate, and that means enhancing Maori research capacity.
He says many of the best researchers end up studying overseas, and there is a danger they could stay there.
The scholarship may encourage some to see they can have an international academic life in this country.
Past recipients of the scholarship include Hautahi Kingi, who is now working as an economist in Washington DC, psychologist Lucy Cowie, who did a dissertation on the role of Maori identity in predicting the extent to which people endorse environmentalism, and Dale Warburton, who looked at the effect of unpaid work on employment rates among young Maori and non-Maori females.
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