Massey University Albany - Professor Rainer Baubock Presentation - December 2015

  • Date: Wednesday 16 December
  • Venue: Quad A Boardroom in Albany
  • Presenter: Dr Rainer Baubock- Professor of Social and Political Theory, European University Institute - Italy
  • Topic: 'Democratic Inclusion in Migration Contexts'

Whose interests should be represented in democratic decisions? Whose rights should be protected by a democratic government? Who has a claim to citizenship status and the franchise? Most theories of democratic inclusion have suggested that these three questions must have the same answer. I propose that they don't. The reasons why emerge when we consider the impact of international migration on democratic boundaries and membership. 

Rainer Bauböck holds a chair in social and political theory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. He is on leave from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research interests are in normative political theory and comparative research on democratic citizenship, European integration, migration, nationalism and minority rights. Together with Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh) and Maarten Vink (University of Maastricht), he coordinates the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship at


Max Planck Visit - November 2015

How should researchers record, understand and present material on diversity in the 21st century?  Can Massey researchers do something exciting and different? 

A team from Max Planck visited the Wellington and Albany campuses last week to discuss such issues.  This follows the MoU signed between Massey University and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.  Dr Alexei Matveev and Chris Walker spent 10 days discussing how the CaDDANZ (Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand) research programme from Massey and Waikato could replicate or expand on Max Planck’s GlobaldiverCity project. Dr Matveev also spent a day with the team at Waikato discussing how visual technologies could be incorporated into other CaDDANZ research projects. 

Max Planck’s Dr Matveev is an expert in the use of contemporary technologies to record and understand diversity.  These range from providing interesting stories or visualisations based on statistical data or the use of technology to film life in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods. 

The Massey and Waikato members of the CaDDANZ team are excited by working with Max Planck to develop new technologies to explore Auckland and New Zealand’s contemporary diversity. 

As Professor Spoonley notes, “We are at the beginning of a $5 million project on the superdiversity of New Zealand – and we are keen to learn from our colleagues at Max Planck, why not innovate and develop new ways of generating understanding”.

PANZ Conference 2015

  • Date: 29-30 June 2015
  • Venue: University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand 

The Population Association of New Zealand (PANZ) invites you to its biennial conference.

The conference will include papers on a range of population-related issues and analyses such as population change, Maori and ethnic populations, migration, health, education, labour market, identity and community change.

This is an opportunity to network with a range of professionals who work on population issues in academia, national and regional/local government, consultancy and other agencies.

CaDDANZ team members Professor Jacques Poot, Professor Natalie Jackson, Dr Michael Cameron and Dr Alison Day will be presenting papers at this conference.

For further information and to register click here.


  • Date: 8-10 APRIL 2015

CaDDANZ team members - Professor Paul Spoonley, Dr Angelique Praat, Dr Jia Junjia Ye and Dr Matthew Roskruge attended this conference.

Organised by the Max Planck Institute for Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity under the combined auspices of the European Research Council and the Max Planck Society, the event brought together more than 100 international academics from around the world.

The overarching aim of the Academy was to stimulate senior and junior scholars to challenge and to push the ways social scientists conceive and research changing and emergent configurations of urban social complexity, increasingly called ‘super-diversity‘.

For more information and photos click here.

Professor Jacques Poot - Autumn 2015 Visiting Professorship

Professor Jacques Poot returned to New Zealand from the UK where he has had a busy schedule as recipient of the autumn 2015 Visiting Professorship. He gave four public lectures for which video podcasts are available below.

The lecture at LSE titled "Can the weight of evidence on impacts shape the future of international migration?"

The lecture at the University of Southampton was on "Is welfare the magnet that draws the migrants? Lessons from Austalasia" Click here to view.

The lecture in Oxford  titled "Does cultural diversity boost immigration?" Click here to view.

The lecture in Leeds titled "Migration, trade and networks" Click here to view.  

Professor Jacques Poot also gave five staff seminars and participated in various activities in London including a Kea function on the NZ economy at the NZ High Commission, a formal dinner in the Churchill Room of Parliament and was introduced to Princess Anne at the 25th Anniversary Function of the NZ-UK Link Foundation.

Diverse Bananas, Global Dragons conference 2014

  • Date: 30 May - 1 June 2014
  • Venue: The University of Auckland Business School; 12 Grafton Road; Auckland

"This conference provided an opportunity to share thoughts and reflections on the impact Chinese are making in New Zealand and globally ... as it is these stories that create a rich tapestry in a global world where communities are complex and wonderfully varied" (Virginia Chong, National President NZCA).

Click on the link for more information:  Diverse Bananas Global Dragons 2014           

Massey University and Westpac present The New New Zealand Forum

The New Global Order: When China Rules the World and What it Means for New Zealand

  • Date: 16 October 2013
  • Venue: Level 9, Westpac HQ, Britomart, Auckland
  • Time: 2.00 (followed by networking drinks from 5:30-7:30)

Martin Jacques’, author of “When China Rules the World” made the keynote address at this international event, outlining his thinking on the new global order and what impact that will have on New Zealand. As the world becomes more Chinese and less Western, we will see a fundamental transformation during the course of this century – Dr Jacques discussed why New Zealand must be a part of this profound change.

Dr Jacques was joined by a panel of expert speakers who shared their views, and challenged thinking about New Zealand’s current approach to East Asia. Panelists included Haylon Smith, Tony Everitt, Karen Silk, Jeff Johnstone and Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley of NTOM, Massey University. 

For more infomation, please contact Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

Massey University lecture series: Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

What does it mean to be an Aucklander? Cultural diversity and citizenship in the 21st Century

  • Date: 7 August 2013
  • Venue: Massey University’s Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatres, Albany, Auckland
  • Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm

Auckland’s demographic and cultural mix has changed dramatically in recent decades. The city is now one of the most immigrant-dependent in the world with 56 per cent of residents either immigrants, or the children of immigrants. This lecture explored these changes and the implications for everything, from our food habits and sports to identity and language, and asked: do we need to rethink what it means to be an Aucklander or New Zealander in the 21st Century?

For additional details about this event, please email the presenter directly:

Economic Impacts of Immigration and Population Diversity

11—13 April 2012

University of Waikato

About 60 researchers and policy analysts from around the world met at the University of Waikato on April 11 to 13 to discuss economic impacts of immigration and population diversity. The workshop was hosted by Waikato's National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), together with its Wellington partner Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. The Integration of Immigrants Programme (IIP) was a key sponsor of this event.

For more information, please contact Professor Jacques Poot from the Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi research project.