Hon­ours for in­ter­cul­tural re­search work

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

Plim­mer­ton wo­man Colleen Ward has been given the Te Rangi Hiroa Medal by the Royal So­ci­ety of New Zealand.

It is a so­cial sciences award, for her con­tri­bu­tion to the psy­cho­log­i­cal study of im­mi­gra­tion, ac­cul­tur­a­tion, in­ter­cul­tural re­la­tions and cul­tural di­ver­sity.

A pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity, Pro­fes­sor Ward is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised as a lead­ing au­thor­ity on cul­tural di­ver­sity and how cul­ture af­fects hu­man be­hav­iour and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Her award ci­ta­tion said her work with Mus­lim youth in New Zealand has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the Al­liance of Civil­i­sa­tions Re­search Net­work, the United Na­tions’ col­lec­tive think tank for the pro­mo­tion of un­der­stand­ing be­tween Mus­lim and Western so­ci­eties.

From 2005 to 2007 Pro­fes­sor Ward was a James Cook Re­search Fel­low in So­cial Sciences (Iden­tity, Ac­cul­tur­a­tion and In­ter­cul­tural Re­la­tions), and from 2008 to 2010 she led a youth project that ex­am­ined the ex­pe­ri­ences of Chi­nese, Pa­cific and Mus­lim youth.

Her book, The Psy­chol­ogy of Cul­ture Shock, is ac­knowl­edged for its syn­the­sis of the­ory and re­search on in­ter­cul­tural con­tact.

Her the­ory on ac­cul­tur­a­tion and im­mi­grant adap­ta­tion formed the ba­sis of the In­ter­na­tional Com­par­a­tive Study of Ethno-cul­tural Youth, a 13-na­tion study pub­lished as Im­mi­grant Youth in Cul­tural Tran­si­tion.

In 2011 Pro­fes­sor Ward re­ceived the Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton In­au­gu­ral Pub­lic Con­tri­bu­tion Award for the ap­pli­ca­tion of schol­arly ex­per­tise to re­solve the chal­lenges fac­ing mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties.

She has acted as con­sul­tant to govern­ment on is­sues around im­mi­gra­tion and so­cial co­he­sion.

Medal: Pro­fes­sor Colleen Ward, recog­nised for her con­tri­bu­tion to in­ter­cul­tural re­search.

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