Graeme Nicholas

Graeme Nicholas
Ti Kouka Consulting · Research and consulting

BSc, BD, MTheol, MRSNZ
Research and writing in the field of social practice.

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Introduction
Graeme Nicholas is a social complexity researcher and systems-thinking consultant. He recently retired from ESR (a NZ government research institute) where he led a number of research projects. He continues to undertake research, writing and consulting projects.
Additional affiliations
August 2021 - present
Lincoln University New Zealand
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • PhD supervision
April 2019 - present
Ti Kouka Consulting
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • Making sense and making change in the midst of social complexity, Ti Kouka Consulting offers advanced facilitation, stakeholder engagement, community engagement, professional development consultation and training and executive mentoring. Graeme Nicholas specialises in helping people and organisations think differently through facilitation, stakeholder engagement and systems thinking.
December 2014 - September 2019
Walnuts New Zealand Co-operative Limited
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Walnuts New Zealand Co-operative Limited is a supplier co-operative processing and marketing NZ walnuts. It operates a factory at West Melton, near Christchurch, NZ. I was a member of the inaugural board of directors
Education
February 1989 - November 1990
University of Otago
Field of study
  • Theology
February 1975 - November 1977
University of Otago
Field of study
  • Theology
February 1972 - November 1974
University of Otago
Field of study
  • Microbiology

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Publications (18)
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What conditions, capabilities and capacities influence the success of collaborative processes? This paper summarises the methodology and findings of research to discover key factors affecting collaborative processes by looking through the eyes of those practicing what they recognise as collaborative practice. The paper treats practitioners as co-cr...
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This paper discusses the methodological challenges in studying health risks that could arise from consuming terrestrial snails infested with pathogenic microorganisms. In Cameroon, snails remain an inexpensive protein source and are collected from free-living environments termed "farms." Our focus has been on understanding health risks due to the h...
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Collaboration between practitioners who come from differing starting points presents more than procedural challenges. Differences of worldview and/or of power can threaten collaborative processes at their core, potentially leading to despair, unsatisfactory trade-offs, or inequitable processes and outcomes. Differing starting points in collaboratio...
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In this paper, we present a critical collaboration model, drawing together two complementary theoretical frameworks, as well as insights from three case studies from New Zealand, to offer a systematic approach to adopting a critical systems perspective in public health collaboration. The model provides six questions to make explicit individuals’ un...
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This paper discusses methodological challenges in researching practice. The primary challenge discussed arises from the view that practice is inextricable from its performance, and that performance is embedded in social relations, material infrastructures and historical context. The paper argues for a philosophical hermeneutics approach that works...
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Researchers are challenged to design research that can generate credible claims regarding cross-scale impact and adoption. However, the context in which new knowledge or innovation is developed and tested may differ from that for the uptake and use of those findings. This paper reports insight into the problem of designing impactful research and pr...
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The language of co-creation has become popular with policy makers, researchers and consultants wanting to support evidence-based change. However, there is little agreement about what features a research or consultancy project must have for peers to recognise the project as co-creative, and therefore for it to contribute to the growing body of pract...
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The language of co-creation has become popular with policy makers, researchers and consultants wanting to support evidence-based change. However, there is little agreement about what features a research or consultancy project must have for peers to recognise the project as co-creative, and therefore for it to contribute to the growing body of pract...
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Calls for transformation, transformative research, and transformational impact are increasingly heard from governments, industry, and universities to recast a course towards sustainability. This paper retraces a social, qualitative, and interpretive research endeavor to contribute to broadening the conceptual base of transformation. Drawing on pers...
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A number of services within society are designed to improve the well-being of its members and transform lives. Some services focus on the protection and support of vulnerable members of society, for example, those suffering the effects of drug use, mental health conditions, violence or poverty. Clients of such social services may also come from min...
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This article describes a process for stimulating engagement among change agents to develop a shared understanding of systemic problems in the agricultural innovation system (AIS), challenge prevalent institutional logics and identify actions they might undertake to stimulate system innovation. The process included (i) multiple actors from the AIS,...
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The Collaboration Lab research programme is focused on the "Our" part of Our Land and Water National Science Challenge. Adversarial processes have dominated allocation and consent applications, leading to stalemate and inaction (Small et al., 2013). Land and water regulations are based on a linear input of science into policy (OECD, 2009; Weible et...
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The ability of actors to co-innovate is influenced by how Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) are structured, with systemic problems related to the absence or weakness of structural elements. To create structural change, the causes of interconnected systemic problems need to be dealt with by addressing underpinning institutional logics; so called...

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