Francis Leo Collins

Francis Leo Collins
The University of Waikato · National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA)

PhD

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July 2018 - present
The University of Waikato
Position
  • Professor
December 2011 - present
University of Auckland
Position
  • Lecturer in Urban Geography
December 2011 - July 2018
University of Auckland
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
July 2003 - December 2006
University of Auckland
Field of study
  • Human Geography
March 2001 - February 2002
University of Auckland
Field of study
  • Sociology
March 2000 - November 2000
University of Auckland
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (94)
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Migration is deeply entangled with colonialism, not only in the historical emergence of nation-states, sovereignty and mobility but in the ongoing continuation of colonial power relations underpinned by racism and exploitation. This report on the geographies of migration explores this relationship through a focus on postcolonial approaches to migra...
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This article examines the relationship between temporary migration and regional development in the context of the Covid‐19 global pandemic. Focusing specifically on Invercargill and Queenstown in Aotearoa New Zealand, I outline how temporary migration has become central to population growth and economic prosperity and how this relationship has been...
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This article reflects on the possible effects of the COVID‐19 pandemic on international student mobilities and higher education systems. Celebrated as a ‘success’ story of a mutually beneficial globalisation, international higher education as we have known it is unravelling and reassembling. We offer an overview of the material changes and public d...
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Geographical approaches to studying migration have recently been substantially enlivened by the introduction of social theory from a range of traditions – poststructural, feminist, new materialist, and postcolonial, amongst others. Tedeschi’s introduction of Gilbert Simondon’s notions of individuation, affect, and ethics offers an interesting and i...
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This first report on research about the geographies of migration examines the sociotechnical platforms that enable migration and shape its outcomes. I begin by examining two areas of recent inquiry that analyse (1) commercial actors that form migration industries and (2) the broader infrastructures that underpin and direct migration. To elaborate o...
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Growing health inequities among the increasingly diverse population in Aotearoa New Zealand have prompted responses in the healthcare system. Diversity-related policies and programmes have been developed in some District Health Boards (DHB) to address the issues. The translation of such policy into practice is, however, convoluted by subjective int...
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Emotions are increasingly incorporated into organisational diversity management initiatives to address some of the challenges said to arise from workforce diversity. Yet few studies have looked at the impact that this emphasis on managing emotions has on minority group struggles for equality, inclusion and justice. We examine this issue in a hospit...
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In this article, I address the interplay between migration regimes and migrant subjectivities in stepwise multinational migration through a comparative analysis of biographical interviews with migrants in the healthcare and dairy farm work sectors in New Zealand. In both sectors, migrants' trajectories involve movements from Asia to locations in th...
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Migration regimes that prioritise temporary and restricted work status have become increasingly prevalent globally. Temporary migration schemes that prioritise labour market flexibility, skills assessment and a reduced social burden, insert both legal and social stratification into the workplace and community through the restricted rights and futur...
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The figure of the emigrant and the process of migratory return raise questions about the coherence of nations and generate anxiety about the disruption of social and cultural norms. We explore these tensions through a focus on filmic representations of emigrant return and the manner these articulate a gendered moral politics of migration. Our analy...
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This article contributes to the literature on migration aspirations by examining their temporal dimensions and capacity to shape and be reshaped through migration. Drawing on qualitative research with Chinese migrants in New Zealand, we unpack the shifting character of aspirations to migrate in relation to three dimensions: everyday times; individu...
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Over recent decades, a focus on management has become increasingly central in the formulation and operation of migration policy across the world. This is particularly the case in Anglophone settler societies, where migration regimes, formerly oriented towards large-scale settlement, have progressively introduced schemes for temporary migrant entry...
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Inequality, or the rise of disparities within populations, and human migration constitute two of the major challenges facing societies today. In highlighting the close links between them, scholarship has principally focused on extant inequalities between migrant and non-migrant groups. In this introductory chapter, we argue that diversification in...
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“This collection provides critical new qualitative and quantitative analyses of migration and inequality that take intersectionality seriously. Essential reading for migration studies students and scholars.” —Shanthi Robertson, Institute of Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia “This edited volume is a ground-breaking contribut...
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The study of international student mobilities (ISM) has increased substantially over the last two decades. Following trends in institutional and policy debates on the broader internationalisation of education, researchers have paid considerable attention to questions about why, where, how and under what circumstances people engage in educational mi...
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Migrant exploitation is the unjust and often illegal utilisation of migrants for the extraction of profit in a range of circumstances including in labour, accommodation, provision of migration services, and education, amongst others. For this research, we were tasked with providing an understanding of what the exploitation of temporary migrant work...
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Transnational urbanism refers to the ways in which mobilities and connections that cross borders are involved in the political economy, social and cultural formations, and everyday life of cities. Transnational urbanism has been most commonly used to explore the connections between migrants and cities, but it also has applicability to other kinds o...
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Movement is one of the defining features of urban life. The study of urban mobility focuses on a range of ways in which people, objects, and ideas move through urban space. Within this it is the movement of people through migration and settlement that has been most notable in urban scholarship. Initially viewed as a relatively linear process of arr...
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The urban mosaic is a term and analytical category that addresses the differentiation of urban populations and environments through social status, ethnicity, and lifestyle. As an account of urban life it can be traced to the patterning of preindustrial and colonial cities but has been used most extensively in human ecology approaches to understandi...
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Contemporary youth migrations are invested with hopeful connotations about potential, transformation and the future. For young people, migration is purportedly directed to enhancing life chances through exposure to diverse places, accumulation of social and cultural capital and opportunities for self-reflection. At the same time, however, youth mig...
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Imaginative practices are central to ongoing transformations in the form and function of suburbia. In recent years, urban scholars have focused increasing attention on the concept and process of ‘post-suburbanisation’ to understand contemporary suburbs, yet imaginaries and imaginative practices have been largely absent in their analyses. This paper...
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Global Asian City provides a unique theoretical framework for studying the growth of cities and migration focused on the notion of desire as a major driver of international migration to Asian cities. Draws on more than 120 interviews of emigrants to Seoul—including migrant workers from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, English teachers...
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This chapter seeks to move beyond the typical view of privilege and precarity as situated in a dichotomous relationship and the separation of English teacher and other white migrations from analysis as forms of migration. It considers the ways in which migrants negotiate their often‐contradictory position in Seoul. A key component of the ways in wh...
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This chapter focuses on the reality of multicultural presence in Seoul and South Korea and the manner in which this is articulated with the varied future projections of migrants themselves. The multicultural presence in contemporary Seoul articulates with fractured futures. The urban aspirations expressed by Lee Myung‐bak and Oh Se‐hoon are example...
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This chapter focuses on the shifting contours of migration governmentality in South Korea over the course of the 1990s and the ways in which the state undertook a form of ‘strategic ambivalence’ in its attitudes and responses to all kinds of migration. It focuses on the imaginative geographies of South Korea and the intermediation involved in makin...
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This chapter takes the urban geographies of migrant lives as its starting point to explore the politics of migration through a focus on the intersections between migration regimes and the everyday lives of migrants in cities. As an assemblage of governmental technologies, the current approach to managing labour migration in South Korea through the...
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This chapter explores question of the production of migrant categories in relation to the ways in which forms of desiring‐migration are subject to territorialisation or stabilisation as individual migrants become part of urban life. The desire that individuals have for encountering others is something that can make it possible to establish connecti...
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The development and transformation of Seoul has often been historically framed as a fundamentally indigenous achievement, one that reflects the unity, resilience and capacity of the ‘Korean people’. This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on concepts discussed in this book. The book highlights the implications of the theoretical arguments de...
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This chapter set outs to problematise the political rationalities of migration management and their theoretical underpinnings within mainstream migration studies. It focuses on developing a theoretical foundation based on desire, assemblage and encounter as vocabulary for re‐examining migration and its relationship to urbanisation. The chapter begi...
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This paper explores the lives of Indonesian migrant workers undertaking study through the Indonesia Open University in South Korea. Drawing on interviews, participant observation, and social media, the paper explores the rationales, experiences, and identity performances of these worker-students, placing emphasis on how these individuals challenge...
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Public or state housing has ordinarily been viewed as an impediment to the forces of gentrification, as private property owners or developers are limited in their ability to purchase, renovate or redevelop houses in otherwise desirable areas. As a result, neighbourhoods with significant proportions of state-housing and low-income residents have oft...
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This article explores the potential of desire as a conceptual vocabulary to enliven scholarly understandings of migrant mobilities. Desire and questions of human aspiration draw our attention to the generative potential of migration, not only the myriad forces that make migration possible but also the transformative possibilities for the subjects a...
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Introducing a special journal issue by the same title, this article provides a foundation for seven other articles with a theoretical mission to better understand the forces and frictions through which migration comes about and is experienced. The collection seeks to contribute to migration theory by considering crosscutting themes related to the c...
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This paper employs literatures of mobility to explore the ways which rural migrant workers in China are represented publicly via television drama. Through an analysis of the popular serial Mingong, the paper examines the underlying politics of contemporary migration in China through three themes: the territorialisation of rural and urban spaces; th...
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Mobility for work and travel is often aligned with conceptions of youth and possibilities that movement entails for cultural capital accumulation and self-development. This article reflects on this connection by investigating the experiences of Taiwanese working holidaymakers in New Zealand. Our discussion reveals contrasting notions of youth expre...
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Free download here: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Tt7K3pILER6t As technology continues to evolve, digital methods are increasingly becoming key components of social and cultural geographers’ research toolkits. This paper explores the risky and uncertain dimensions of digital research by reflecting on an adverse ethical event which occurred in res...
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Michiel van Meeteren, Ben Derudder and David Bassens’ essay asks whether the alleged ‘straw man’ of ‘global cities research’ (GCR) can speak in response to its postcolonial critics. Their intervention takes aim at the style of critique that postcolonial urban scholarship has employed and in particular the ways in which GCR has been framed as homoge...
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Until 1961, there was only one university in New Zealand, the University of New Zealand, which operated as a nationwide authority for examining and granting degrees. Established by an Act of Parliament in 1870 under authority of Her Majesty’s Government in Britain, the University of New Zealand reflected the strong colonial linkages that dominated...
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Transnational mobilities are often conceived as interconnected with cities as ‘magnets’ for migrants, ‘nodes’ in mobility trajectories or ‘destinations’ for settlement. This paper frames the urban as critical to conceptualising the manner that mobility is actively and contingently assembled across the border and in the constitution of migrant lives...
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Over the last two decades, enumeration has become a critical force in crafting the governmentalities of globalizing higher education. Whether in the glossy Web sites and documentation of the world’s ‘top universities’ or in more fine-tuned regional and subject guides, accreditation schemes, journal metrics or h-indexes, technologies for measuring a...
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This paper explores the politics of migration through a focus on labor migration regimes and the urban lives of migrants in the Seoul Metropolitan Region of South Korea. In particular, it draws attention to the ways in which migrant lives highlight the limits of the contemporary emphasis on control in migration management regimes. The paper contend...
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The rapid proliferation and ongoing transformation of digital technologies and social media platforms have had a substantial influence on the participatory cultures of young people and their associated social connections. This social/digital nexus raises important questions of social cohesion, with digital technologies at once augmenting social int...
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CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS http://www.ssrc.org/pages/interasian-connections-v-seoul-2016/ Over the last two decades, Asian nations have embarked on ambitious political projects that seek to reconfigure education, research, and knowledge as critical drivers of competitiveness, productivity, and economic growth. Heralded as the pathway to global emer...
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The cruise ship is as much a process as an object. Indeed, while the ship appears stable in its material and affective form, this state is maintained only through the interventions of a vast array of human and non-human agencies. The cascading affects flowing from these interactions allow for alternative sociomaterial orders to be established throu...
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This paper critically appraises the internationalization practices currently embraced by some of East Asia’s leading universities. We examine the ‘governmental assemblage’ that constitutes the ‘international university’ with a particular focus on the ways in which this transformation has involved an increased circulation of international students....
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Knowledge constitutes a critical vector in processes and outcomes of migration, in the evolution of economies and societies, and in national policy-making. This is apparent in the growing emphasis on managing migration and the infrastructure of intermediaries involved in facilitating and channeling flows of migrants, but also finance, ideas and obj...
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The 1.5 generation migrants are often presented by scholars as the vanguard of new cosmopolitan possibilities. Their hybrid identities and intercultural competencies are viewed as evidence for new ways of approaching difference in diverse societies. This paper examines these claims in relation to Chinese 1.5 generation migrants in New Zealand, focu...
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The growth in the number of people holding temporary work and study visas in New Zealand and in particular in Auckland has been significant in recent years. Immigration New Zealand now approves more than 250,000 temporary work and study visas annually, more than five times the number of permanent residence approvals. The project on Temporary Migrat...
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Over the last few decades, international student mobility has come to be increasingly viewed in both scholarly and policy discourse as a valorised pathway to personal development, career success, and class reproduction. This framing of international study has been particularly prominent in accounts of mobility to Anglophone universities that have d...
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Emotions matter, particularly in experiences of migration. This article explores how emotions are involved in everyday intercultural encounters and the role of emotions in generating cosmopolitan sociability in the context of migration. The article is based upon qualitative research with 80 Chinese 1st and 1.5 generation migrants in New Zealand. We...
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The study of life course has become a central feature of geographical and other social science approaches to youth and migration. It has offered scholars possibilities to explore the timing of events, experiences of time and in the context of migration, the opportunity to analyse mobility patterns in relation to life stages and transitions. Yet, de...
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This paper examines the representations of animals in advertisements on prime-time television in New Zealand as a route to explore the manner in which nonhuman animals are incorporated into our daily lives. The discussion is based on close reading of advertisements that draws attention to the everyday manipulation and representation of nonhuman sub...
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Reflecting a broader postmodern shift to unmask the cultural politics of research and knowledge-making in academia, tourism studies as a field is demonstrating a notable ‘critical turn’—a shift in thought that serves to provide and legitimize a space for more interpretative and critical modes of tourism inquiry. In response to this critical turn, t...
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This paper explores the connections between universities and cities in a moment of heightened emphasis on international student mobilities and globalising processes in Asian higher education. In particular, I seek to draw attention to the contingent assembly of the urban and its role in globalising higher education by highlighting the ways in which...
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Higher education is playing an important role in Singapore's most recent cycle of modernization: to re-make itself into a global city through the continued accumulation of capital, ‘talent,’ and knowledge. This paper is a critical analysis of the accounts of a group of international students enrolled at the National University of Singapore, a key s...
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In many Western contexts, travel has a long historical association with youth, young adults and coming of age, an association that often connects temporary mobility with the lives of the educated middle classes and elite. Indeed, from the colonial adventure and the ‘grand tour’, to contemporary ideas of the ‘gap year’ or ‘overseas experience’, the...
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This paper offers a critical analysis of the narratives of South Korean international students attending universities in the Asian region. It draws in particular on a transnational approach to understanding these mobilities that highlights the imaginaries that generate a desire to be mobile among students, the social and institutional infrastructur...
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This volume makes an important and unique contribution to scholarly understandings of migration and diversity through its focus on Asian contexts. Current scholarship and literature on processes of migration and the consequences of diversity is heavily concentrated on Western contexts and their concerns with "multiculturalism", "integration", "righ...
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The mobility of international students represents an important emerging focus for human geographers interested in the dynamic intersections between education, migration and globalisation. Researching the lives of international students also poses certain methodological challenges, particularly for researchers focused on the local emplacement of stu...
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Recent debates in migration studies have emphasized the importance of attending to the urban as part of an effort to respatialize the study of mobility and transnationalism. This paper critically expands on these interventions through a more detailed engagement with ideas of relationality and territoriality moving beyond permanent settlement to con...
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The movement of international students represents an increasing component of contemporary population mobilities. Like other forms of migration, international student mobility takes place through a complex assemblage of actors and networks, including origin and destination states, educational institutions, families, friends and communities, and of c...
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National universities in Asia are now being reconceptualized as global universities, tasked with attracting talented students as well as building international research and teaching linkages. If in the past these universities could focus largely on building national capacity, today their reputations are increasingly determined by global positioning...
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Contemporary policy approaches to 'cultural diversity' are increasingly focusing on 'the urban', marking a considerable departure from configurations like biculturalism and multiculturalism in which the space of the nation was viewed as the key arena for the making of diverse and cohesive societies. In this context, this paper analyses the Intercul...
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This paper discusses connections between the internationalisation of education, and in particular the growth in international students, and processes of urban transformation. The research is centred in Auckland, New Zealand, a city where the number of international students has grown rapidly over the last decade leading to significant impacts on th...
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The study of migrant transnationalism focuses on the ways in which (certain) individuals are able to act socially, economically or politically in more than one locale. One crucial element to such action is the use of communication technologies—and in particular the internet—as a means to bridge the gaps between different places. In this paper I foc...
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The emergence of transnationalism as a central focus in the study of migration in the early 1990s marked a significant departure in scholarly understandings of cross-border movements and their consequences. Indeed, the recognition that migrants do not simply follow linear pathways of departure, settlement and assimilation or return has both highlig...
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This paper discusses the friction involved in the transnational lives of South Korean international students living and studying in Auckland, New Zealand. In particular, it focuses on the ways in which these individuals negotiate familiar and unfamiliar embodiments as a part of their everyday lives in Auckland. Through three ethnographic case studi...
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Encounters with difference are an increasingly common aspect of everyday life in contemporary cities. Indeed, Ang (2001: 89–90) notes that in the global city ‘groups of different backgrounds, ethnic and otherwise, cannot help but enter into relations with each other, no matter how great the desire for separateness and the attempt to maintain cultur...
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This article investigates the role of overseas language study in the context of skilled migration with a particular focus on the experiences and outcomes of South Koreans studying English language in New Zealand. Through this case we illustrate the manner that language learners develop skills and embodied cultural capital that allow them to improve...
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International education is a fundamentally transnational project. It relies on the movement of individuals or knowledge across national borders, disturbs the centrality of the nation-state in educational reproduction, and is facilitated by economic and social networks that act as bridges between countries of origin and education. In this article, I...
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This paper discusses some of the ways that international students, particularly those from East Asia, are involved in the transformation of urban space in Auckland City. Using existing economic reports, local media accounts and the author's initial observations, the paper identifies how the embodied and linguistic practices of international student...
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This paper discusses the culinary consumption choices of South Korean international students in Auckland, New Zealand as a route to re-considering the transnational production of familiarity. In particular, this study questions the extent to which culinary consumption by transnational migrants is always an intentional declaration of 'group loyaltie...
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In recent years, international education has become a source of considerable political, academic and media debate in New Zealand. This is nowhere more the case than with regards to Auckland, the New Zealand city that has hosted the greatest number of international students. This paper focuses on the media debates around international students in Au...
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Reflecting a broader postmodern shift to unmask the cultural politics of research and knowledge-making in academia, tourism studies as a field is demonstrating a notable 'critical turn' - a shift in thought that serves to provide and legitimize a space for more interpretative and critical modes of tourism inquiry. In response to this critical turn,...
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University of Auckland; ASIA:NZ Foundation and NZ Asian Studies Society; Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences Network (BRCSS); Royal Society of New Zealand This thesis examines aspects of emergent transnational mobility within the experience of students advancing their education at tertiary institutions, private training establishmen...

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The Nation and Migration research project is about re-examining the drivers, directions and dilemmas of migration in 21st century Aotearoa-New Zealand. The project is conceptually focused on desire and aspiration as drivers of migration, on time and temporality in the governmentality and experience of migration, and on the relationship between migrant and national futures. Empirically, the project includes case studies of new forms of occupationally specific migration in New Zealand (construction, dairy and nursing), trans-Tasman migration of New Zealanders to Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and Perth), and explorations of state practices and imaginaries around nation and migration. The project runs from 2015-2020 and is funded by a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand.