Our research includes collecting stories and ideas from people working passionately for social justice. We work with communities to jointly develop processes at their request.

At the Centre we have a growing library of books and other resources on social issues and social change for interested research students who wish to visit by appointment.

Our Research Intern

In 2009 Kotare Trust, the New Zealand Council for Education Research, and experienced researcher Josie Roberts applied to the Department of Internal Affairs for a Community Internship Programme grant. This grant “enables community groups with identified development needs to access skilled professionals, and to strengthen knowledge-exchange and relationship-building with other sectors”. We were fortunate to be awarded a grant and to have had Josie working with us for six months.

The core purpose of the internship was to build on Kotare’s research capacity and to develop a research strategy that meets the trust’s dreams and realities. Kotare has undertaken a range of research-related work in the past, but now it is time for honing a research vision and getting clearer on where strengths lie. This will help Kotare set new research directions and get some concrete things in place to help reach goals and respond to possibilities as they arise.

Josie began by meeting with trustees, familiarising herself with Kotare’s kaupapa and history, and working closely with the Research Working Group. The Kotare team has now raised lots of possible paths forward and soon hope to collaboratively refine the focus so that we can make the biggest difference with the resources we have. Josie also helped to review Kotare’s existing workshop evalution processes and current research projects.

We look forward to sharing our ongoing progress and invite you to become involved, perhaps in a research workshop (TBC). You are very welcome to email research@kotare.org.nz with any questions, thoughts or dreams about research at Kotare that you would like to share.