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The Centre is a multi-disciplinary centre set up to facilitate a more collaborative approach to social science research within the University and the broader Canterbury region. It includes social scientists from the University of Canterbury schools/departments of history, geography, gender studies, mass communications and journalism, political science, social work, and sociology and anthropology. Social scientists from Lincoln University and the Christchurch School of Medicine as well as those from the private sector and the Ministry of Social Development also collaborate.

The centre also aims to improve the quality of graduate training in the social sciences by providing social science students with opportunities to gain research experience outside thesis/dissertation work. This is largely through the facilitation of the Summer Research Studentship programme

The Social Science Research Centre at the University of Canterbury is a multi-disciplinary centre set up to facilitate a more collaborative approach to social science research within the University and the broader Canterbury region.

International Development Network

The International Development Network was initiated by academics of the Christchurch Universities of Lincoln and Canterbury . The initiators, involved in teaching, research and consultancy work in the fields of development, tourism and environmental studies, have roots in different disciplines (such as anthropology, sociology, human ecology, education, political science and geography) and represent a wide range of regional expertise (at this point: Aotearoa and Pacific Islands, South East Asia, South Asia, West Asia, and Central America).

The Network has been set up to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange, communication and learning between scholars, postgraduate students and people working in development institutions of the Canterbury region. The Network may in future also help in developing collaborative consulting, teaching, publishing and research projects.

The present members of the Network invite all those who work and research in the areas of development, environment and tourism to join the Network and, by bringing in their expertise, to strengthen it and enrich the interchange of concepts and ideas.

In 2007 the Network will start a regular colloquium to debate questions of common interest and concern within the field of development studies and practice, and especially extends invitation to postgraduate students to participate.

The Network will meet twice in a term.

Members of the network decide beforehand about topics of common interest to be put up for discussion. The two sessions of each term will usually focus on one topic. In the first session – which will be structured in a seminar style - the topic will be introduced with short presentations to open up the debate and to provoke questions and comments. The second session – intended as open forum of discussion – should encourage participants to bring forward own experiences and empirical data from different regions as well as critical reflections relating to the topic of the term, which may also evoke controversial debates.

Contact persons of the Network

Network coordinator and contact person at University of Canterbury:

Antje Linkenbach.

Contact person at Lincoln University: Keith Morrison.

Rural and Regional Change Network

Next meeting to be advised.

Social Policy Researcher Network

Next meeting to be advised.

Social Science Health Network

Next meeting to be advised.