We are delighted to welcome our new Social Sciences Commissioner – Materoa Dodd. Materoa has been a Senior Lecturer specialising in international social trends and governance. She pioneered action research partnerships between iwi, universities and the Harvard Project on Indian Economic development. She has been appointed to Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and has served on tribal, educational, community development and Māori women’s organisations for the past 30 years.
Materoa shared some thoughts with us about her role, as well as the most pressing issues in the social sciences.
What attracted you to the Commissioner role?
Curiosity about UNESCO and the role of Commissioners in developing a social science action research agenda.
What do you hope to bring to the role?
Practical wisdom, communication skills, organisation, a sense of purpose and humour!
What are the key issues in the social sciences that you would most like to see addressed in New Zealand and around the world?
Tamariki ora – flourishing children, literacy, clean water, fresh air, effective governance, food security, and diversity and freedom of movement.