May 9, 2021

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Maori and indigenous education expert named to prestigious Marsden Fund Council

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A leading international authority on Maori and indigenous education is one of three new appointees to the 11-member Marsden Fund Council, which oversees New Zealands premier fund for basic research.

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor Maori at the University of Waikato, has been named convenor of the Social Sciences panel for a three-year term.

Professor Smith said she was honoured to be appointed to the Marsden Fund Council.

Most researchers see the Marsden Fund as the pinnacle of achievement for receiving funding for purely academic research, she said. As a researcher myself, I have been both successful and unsuccessful in applying for Marsden funding. With the limited funds available, we can only fund a limited number of all the innovative research proposals that are put forward, so its a great challenge and responsibility to be heading the Social Sciences panel.

Professor Smith is known internationally for her work on indigenous research and particularly for her groundbreaking book Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples.

She has extensive experience in building Maori and indigenous research capacity, and has helped establish and lead three research institutes — two at the University of Auckland including Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, and the new Te Kotahi Institute for Innovation, Wellbeing and Inspiration (IWI) to be launched this year at the University of Waikato.

She is also well known for her work supporting M?ori doctoral students and career academics.

Professor Smith serves on the Health Research Council and is Chair of the Maori Health Research Committee. She has recently completed a three-year term as President of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education.

Also named to the Marsden Fund Council were Professor Kurt Krause of the University of Otago (convenor of the Biomedical Sciences panel) and Professor David Williams of the University of Auckland (convenor of the Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry panel).

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