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  • Dr Catherine Abou-Nemeh

    Dr Catherine Abou-Nemeh

  • Associate Professor of History Studies

  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision
  • Catherine Abou-Nemeh is Lecturer in Early Modern History. Prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington in 2013, Catherine taught in the Department of History at Princeton University. She has also held visiting research fellowships at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2008–2009); the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University (2009); and the Edward Worth Library in Dublin (2011). In 2012, She was Dibner Research Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. In 2016 she was a Visiting Scholar in the History Department at Harvard University. She has presented her research at universities around the world, including at Princeton, Harvard, Caltech, Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, Oxford, Sydney, Queensland and Auckland. She is completing a book manuscript on the Dutch natural philosopher and lens-maker Nicolas Hartsoeker (1656-1725).


  • Daniele Abreu e Lima

          Daniele Abreu e Lima

  • Professor of the Chinese-Japanese-Korean Language Teaching Research Office

  • I am an architect and urban planner with a double master degree (Arch. Urb.) from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), there I started my academic career which began with a boost from winning the very prestigious ‘Opera Prima’ (IX Paviflex Award) award for best architecture graduate work in Brazil in 1996. I assumed my first position as Senior Lecturer in 2001 still in Brazil. For the first ten years of my graduation I worked both in practice and in academia. In 2005, following Einstein’s Formula for Happiness (“a calm and modest life”), I moved to NZ and was able to fully dedicate myself to an academic life, working first for The Auckland University then, VUW. My practice work in Brazil centered not only in a architecture office. I worked for five years coordinating cultural grants to artists and museums working closely with major Brazilian museums. I have maintained an active interest in cultural engagement and in NZ I have worked volunteering in a number of Latin American matters such as the AiLaSA (Ass. Iberian &Latin American Studies of Australasia), the NZ Latin American Film Festival and at the Brazilian Embassy of Wellington. Modern Architecture has been the central focus of my research interest since my first publication in 1997. My particular theme around this rather colossal topic of MA, relates to de adaptation of modernism to the climate and culture of a given country. I developed my Master’s thesis around this topic and I am currently developing my PhD thesis round it. When I arrived in NZ, I participated in founding the national DoCoMoMo (Documentation and Conservation of Modern Movement), an international association that has national chapters in more than sixty countries worldwide. Apart from architecture, another passion of mine has been cinema. The first area led me to my professional career, the second led to numerous contributions professional and artistic as art director and producer of a number of awarded shorts. In NZ I have participated on and off in many such endeavors and produced a number films for the 48 Hours film fest and documentaries concerning architecture in NZ. Current research projects I am currently working on research a project that investigates modern architecture in peripheral countries focused on the Brazilian and the New Zealand house. My second project has been exploring cinema and visions of architecture in movies and animes.

  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision.


  • Dr Ryan Admiraal

         Dr Ryan Admiraal

  • Senior Professor of Data Institute

  • I am a senior lecturer in statistics and data science in the School of Mathematic and Statistics at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision.


  • Professor Gordon Anderson

         Professor Gordon Anderson

  • Professor Faculty of Law

  • Gordon’s primary teaching and research focus is employment law on which he has written extensively. His publications have focussed on the extensive reforms to New Zealand employment law that began in the 1970s and particularly the reforms of 1991 and 2000 and the continuing evolution of the law. Other principal areas of his research have been the law of personal grievances and the development of good faith in employment law. Gordon has served as the Asian Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Labour Law Research network and President of the New Zealand Labour Law Society. Gordon has practiced as a barrister and has represented clients in the various employment institutions and the courts and has provided advice to various union and the CTU on various aspects of labour law reform. Gordon has also taught and written on international trade law and in particular New Zealand’s trade agreements at both a multilateral and bilateral level. Current Research: Gordon's current research interests include: a comparative study of the contract of employment; personal grievance law; the worker protection index, a multinational project that looks at the regulation of employment across a variety of countries; the interface between employment law and human resource management; and reforms to health and safety law.
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision


  • Gillian Ansell

         Gillian Ansell

  • Professor of Art Institute

  • Gillian Ansell was born in Auckland, New Zealand and began violin and piano lessons at an early age. At 16 years she made her violin concerto debut with the Auckland Symphonia (now the Auckland Philharmonia). An Associated Board Scholarship to study violin, viola and piano took Gillian Ansell to the Royal College of Music in London where.


  • Dr Kamal Badar

         Dr Kamal Badar

  • Postdoctoral Research FellowSchool of Management

  • Dr Kamal Badar is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership – Aritahi (SOM). Before taking this role, he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Prince Sultan University in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), as an Assistant Professor in Management at the University of Balochistan in Pakistan, and as a visiting scholar at the Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, USA. He has fourteen years of teaching and research experience in different countries and has a background in Business Strategy and OB/HRM. He obtained his PhD (Management) in 2012 on the topic of workplace networks. He has taught many courses in Management at different levels (undergraduate, master, PhD) and also designed Masters and PhD courses, previously. Kamal has more than twenty publications, including publications in top-tier journals such as Personnel Review (ABDC A), International Journal of Conflict Management (ABDC A), Scientometrics (ABDC A), Long Range Planning (ABDC A), Aslib Journal of Information Management (ABDC B), Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management (ABDC B) and European Journal of International Management (Scimago Q2). He serves as an Associate Editor for Sage Open and an Editorial Review Board member for the European Journal of International Management. He also acts as a reviewer for journals including Scientometrics, International Journal of Conflict Management, Public Management Review, Management Research Review, Accountability in Research, PSU Research Review, International Journal of Business and Society, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, Higher Education Policy.


  • Gillian Ansell

         Gillian Ansell

  • Associate ProfessorSchool of Music

  • Dr Nilesh Bakshi has been recruited into this position following an international search. Dr Bakshi has been with the School since he entered into the Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 2006. After gaining his BAS, BBSc and MArch (prof), Nilesh went on to gain a PhD in Architecture, graduating at the end of 2017. Dr Bakshi has been an educator at the School of Architecture working as a teaching fellow since his time as a Master’s student and is well acquainted with our teaching programmes. More recently, Dr Bakshi has been the Head of Research in the architectural practice, Studio of Pacific Architecture. His connections with professional practice and the wider research community will continue to provide opportunities for Dr Bakshi and his students. Current research Existing lines of inquiry examine human behaviour and sustainable practices. How behaviour can be measured and simulated in energy modelling and work with BIM (Building Information Modelling). What passive conservation measures can be implemented to mitigate impact and how active systems, such as sustainable engineering technologies can be implemented or designed Research Interests - Sustainable design and practice; - Life cycle analysis; - Energy use and generation; - Environmental engineering systems; - Sustainable engineering systems design; - Simulating and measuring human behaviour; - Architectural Integration - Practice/Industry Research development.
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision


  • Associate Professor Susan Ballard

         Associate Professor Susan Ballard

  • Senior Lecturer in Software EngineeringSchool of Engineering and Computer Science

  • I am an interdisciplinary art historian and writer. My research sits in the fields of art history, creative nonfiction, and environmental humanities, and examines the histories of nature in contemporary art with a particular focus on artists from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. I write on contemporary art and media with a particular concern for the diverse ways that artists negotiate the ecological and social transformations of the twenty-first century. I have a particular passion for collaborative practice, and through collaborative partnerships and projects with artists, musicians, curators, writers and geographers I facilitate discussions of the role of the arts and media in the age of the Anthropocene. My recent publications have focused on artistic and other cultural manifestations of species extinctions, energy, disaster, geology and landscape in the Anthropocene. I have written essays for October, Artlink, Art and Australia, Art New Zealand, Eyeline, The Anthropocene Review, and Environmental Humanities. My books include Alliances in the Anthropocene: Fire, Plants and People (with geographer Christine Eriksen, 2020),100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (with the MECO network, 2019), and A Transitional Imaginary: Space, Network and Memory in Christchurch (with the ADA network, 2015). In 2008 I edited The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader with Stella Brennan. My book Art and Nature in the Anthropocene: Planetary Aesthetics, was published by Routledge in March 2021. Before moving to Wellington I was Head of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Arts, English and Media, Co-Director of the Centre for Critical Creative Practice (C3P), and Director of MECO: the Material Ecologies research network at the University of Wollongong, Australia. And before then, I taught art history and electronic arts at the Dunedin School of Art where I explored the histories and networks of sound and noise, feminist understandings of media, and new aesthetic media forms. My PhD in art history from the University of New South Wales unpacked the role of materiality in new media arts.
  • Collaborative projects
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision


  • Associate Professor Jonathan Barrett

         Associate Professor Jonathan Barrett

  • Visiting Professor, School of Business Administration

  • Jonathan teaches company law and taxation. His PhD applied fundamental human rights to a taxation system, and he has published many articles on taxation theory and the role of human dignity in everyday situations. He is also interested in the role of the corporation in a human rights state. Jonathan’s current research focus lies with art law and he has published and presented on subjects including: droit de suite (artists resale royalties), freedom of panorama, rewarding artists, provenance and distributed ledger technology, tapu artworks, artists behaving badly, artistic craftsmanship, and taxation of art, artists and art collectors. PhD students under his co-supervision have investigated design law, ethical investment, and modern slavery. Jonathan is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Australasian Law Academics Association and is Deputy Convenor of the Human Ethics Committee. He has also advised the Ministry of Cultural and Heritage on policy relating to rewarding artists. .
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision
  • Media enquiries


  • Christina Barton

         Christina Barton

  • Executive Vice President and Professor of Art Institute

  • After completing her MA thesis in 1987 on the history of post-object art in New Zealand (1969-1979), Christina took up a position as research assistant at the Auckland Art Gallery Research Library. This inaugurated a career as a curator in art galleries that has seen her realising various exhibitions and publications in her capacity as Assistant Curator at Auckland Art Gallery (1988–1992) and as Curator of Contemporary New Zealand Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington (1992–1994), as well as independently for various galleries both in New Zealand and Australia. In 1995 she took up a teaching position in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. She taught full-time here until 2007, at all levels and across a range of topics, but especially in her specialist subject: New Zealand art. In April 2007 Christina was appointed Director of the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington’s custom-built gallery which runs a programme of exhibitions and manages the University’s Art Collection. In this capacity she brings the academic and curatorial strands of her career together, and has developed the gallery as a key platform for teaching and research. In 2019 Christina was promoted to Associate Professor. She remains active beyond the university as a writer and commentator on contemporary art. Her major monograph, Billy Apple® Life/Work (AUP, 2020) on Billy Apple—New Zealand’s leading conceptual artist—was published in October 2020.
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision


  • Samuel Becher

         Samuel Becher

  • Time Lecturer of Faculty Reserve Center

  • I am a technology and media scholar at the Center for Science in Society. My work explores media resistance, digital wellbeing and the media and technology industries. I am currently researching government and media communications during the COVID-19 pandemic. I recently completed my PhD at Victoria University of Wellington on the tension between disconnecting from the internet and remaining connected to the world. I studied a pioneer community of software developers, behavioural scientists, and entrepreneurs who invented new technology-based ways to disconnect from the internet. The title of my thesis is The Manufacture of Disconnection. Prior to this I received degrees in Digital Media and Asset Management (Masters, Kings College London) and a LLB and BA in Politics (Hons) from the University of Otago.


  • Binbin Liu

          Dr Binbin Liu

  • Time Lecturer of Faculty Reserve Center

  • Dr. Binbin Liu completed the MBA program in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Mike Hills of the School of Business Administration of the University and obtained his MBA degree in 2019. Dr. Binbin Liu is from Guangxi, China, and he is about to receive his Juris Doctor degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines in mid-May 2022. At the same time, he participated in the joint doctoral research program between our school and the University of California. During his Ph.D., as a volunteer, he became a lecturer at our school and worked at the Law and Business Institute.
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision


  • Dr Carolyn Boulton

          Dr Carolyn Boulton

  • Distinguished Professor of the School of Business Administration

  • Dr Carolyn Boulton is Professor of International Business and Strategy, Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University of Wellington and Director of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. In these roles, Carolyn works closely with various stakeholders and companies on their strategies in Asia and Asia’s engagement in New Zealand. Carolyn sits on the national assessment panels for New Zealand Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, and Marsden Fund. Before joining Victoria University of Wellington, Siah was Professor in Strategy and Associate Dean Postgraduate and International (Asia) at the University of Auckland Business School. Previously, Carolyn has held appointments at Cass Business School, City University in London and the National University of Singapore, where he also completed his PhD in Management. Carolyn is Visiting Professor to a few Asian universities. He writes frequently in the media.
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision


  • Limin Chen

         Dr Limin Chen

  • Senior LecturerSchool of Languages and Cultures

  • Limin Chen is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese studies. Her research approach has always been interdisciplinary, spanning the late imperial period to contemporary China. She is interested in Chinese history, society and culture, with a particular focus on intelligentsia in late imperial China, and its influence on and contributions to education and culture. Her knowledge of Chinese history and the history of Chinese education has enabled her to analyze issues relating to contemporary Chinese society and education in depth and from new perspectives.
  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision
  • Career advice
  • Collaborative projects


  • John Davies

         Dr. John Davies

  • Executive Dean of the School of Business Administration and a member of the Academic Committee.

  • John Davies joined the Department of Business Administration at Victoria University of Wellington in 1995, following prior work at the Welsh Regional Management Centre (now the University of South Wales); in local government; and as an operational researcher in the cable industry. He retired from his Victoria Business School/Faculty of Commerce roles of Associate Dean (International & Executive Education), and Director of Academic Programmes Accreditation, in 2017, having also served a five-year term as Chairman of the Management Group in the 1990s, and as Head of Victoria University of Wellington Management School (VMS) from 2005 to 2009.

    In 2020, he began to serve as the Executive Dean of the School of Business Administration and a member of the Academic Committee.

  • Masters Research or PhD student supervision