Curriculum Vitae

Sharon McLennan PhD MPhil BNurs

Interests and Expertise:

• Theories of post-development and neo-structuralism
• Information & Communication Technology and Development
• International Volunteerism and Volunteer Tourism
• Latin American Politics and Development
• Corporate Community Development / CSR and Development


Massey University:

• Post-Doctoral Fellow
Research and administrative support for a three-year Royal Society funded project investigating the ongoing involvement of mining and tourism corporations in community development initiatives in the Pacific. 2013-2016

• Teaching Coordinator
Globalisation and Development (postgraduate, Development Studies), 2013-2014
Development and Inequality (undergraduate, Human Geography), 2013-2015

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Education & Qualifications

2012 PhD Development Studies, Massey University, NZ

Thesis Topic: An alternative model for development? Promise and politics in the projecthonduras network

2006 MPhil Development Studies (with Distinction), Massey University, NZ

Thesis Topic: An exploration of the role of short-term medical teams in health care provision in Honduras

1995 Bachelor of Nursing, Wellington Polytechnic, NZ; Registration as NZ Comprehensive Nurse

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Publications &Presentations

McLennan, S. (2014). Networks for Development: Volunteer Tourism, Information and Communications Technology, and the Paradoxes of Alternative Development. POLAR-POLITICAL AND LEGAL ANTHROPOLOGY REVIEW. 37(1), 48-68

McLennan, S. (2014) Medical voluntourism in Honduras: ‘Helping’ the poor?, Development in Practice 14:2, 163-179

McLennan, S., & Prinsen, G. (2014). Something old, something new: Research using archival, textual and virtual data. In R. Scheyvens (Ed.), Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide (2nd ed.). London: Sage.

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2008-2010 Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Award

2004-2005 Massey University Masterate scholarship

2004 NZAID Postgraduate Field Research award

1992 Joint Runner-Up to the Dux,A Bursary; Newlands College, Wellington, NZ

Research Consultancies

2009 Synexe
Literature review on capacity building for civil society organisations in the Pacific region

Website Design and Maintenance

Website development

SJM: This website was built by Sharon using WordPress.

Website maintenance and content management

DevNet: The Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network national website. Content managed by Sharon (Drupal).

Corporate Community Development: Website for CCD research team at Massey University. Content managed by Sharon (Massey Shado CMS)

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Volunteer Experience& Service

2009 DevNet (Aotearoa New Zealand Development Studies Association)
• National Student Representativeon DevNet Steering Committee

2004-2005 Short-Term Medical Teams (various), Honduras
• Researcher/ Registered Nurse

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Available on request