John is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury’s Ngai Tahu Research Centre. He is a specialist in leading and developing multi-disciplinary research and development programmes focused on addressing interrelated social, economic, and environmental problems.
His research explores the way in which Indigenous and Western cultures shape identity, sense of place, and approaches to social and economic development.
John's current research interests are focused on sustainable development within indigenous tribal communities and in fostering novel approaches to development through engagement between Indigenous and Western ways of knowing.
He is currently working on the project Identifying Frameworks for Effective Iwi and Hapū Development with Associate Professor Merata Kawharu from the University of Otago.
Full project Matakitenga project Research ProgrammeProject commenced:
Lead Researcher: Professor Chellie Spiller (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) University of Waikato
Professor Jarrod Haar (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngaati Mahuta) AUT University
Dr John Reid (Ngāti Pikiao, Tainui) University of Canterbury
Dr Jason Mika (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu) University of Waikato
Dr Matthew Rout, University of Canterbury
Full projectProject commenced:
What do alternative models to tribal corporations look like for iwi and hapū development?
A wealth of historical narratives provide alternative examples of successful tribal economic development and management practices that have existed in the past. However, the last two decades have seen the emergence of a commercially successful corporate-beneficiary model in which the majority of Treaty of Waitangi settlement assets have become centralised within corporate structures.