Katharina Ruckstuhl & Madeline Judge with the I2Hub...

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Science, inclusivity, indigenous economic growth:
Science-based open innovation and inclusivity in Aotearoa New Zealand... What works in mission-led programmes

The Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge has been in place since 2015. Its mission is to enhance the capacity of New Zealand to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth and prosperity. An important part of SfTI is a longitudinal project – Building New Zealand’s Innovation Capacity (BNZIC). BNZIC looks not just at what the RSI system does, but how it is done. This matters because the ‘how’ of science contributes to its success, and therefore strengthens the RSI system in turn strengthening the economy and well-being of people and environment.

In this presentation, the Māori co-lead of BNZIC, Katharina Ruckstuhl, and Research Fellow, Maddie Judge, will explain how a focus on inclusivity – of women, early career researchers, industry, and Indigenous Māori – has been a key feature of SfTI’s approach. The presentation will assess what has worked and how we did this.

About the speakers:

Katharina Ruckstuhl

Katharina Ruckstuhl is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean Māori at the Otago Business School, University of Otago, Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand. Katharina has strong connections to her tribal group of Ngāi Tahu, with whom she has governance and commercial director roles. Katharina leads or is a researcher in several science and technology focussed programmes. She is a recent Director of ORCID, a Deputy Director of the Dodd-Walls Centre of Research Excellence, and a member of the Indigenous caucus of the IEEE working party on Standards for Indigenous people’s data. She has published on Māori language, resource extraction, Māori entrepreneurship, and data sovereignty and is a 2023-2024 ENRICH Global Chair.

Madeline Judge

Madeline Judge is a Research Fellow in the Otago Business School at the University of Otago, contributing to the Building New Zealand’s Innovation Capacity project. Madeline’s area of expertise is social and environmental psychology, and her research investigates topics such as how we can support scientists to engage beyond the university, and how moral innovators can shift social norms in society. Her research has been published in journals such as Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Journal of Social Issues and European Journal of Social Psychology.

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