AUT anthropologist Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies says the Fulbright New Zealand Travel Award she received this month, will be an honour for life.
Davies combines lecturing in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy with an active programme of research currently focusing on procedural justice in Indonesia.
American Sociological Conference
The Fulbright Award will enable Davies to attend the American Sociological Association Conference in San Francisco in August 2014, where she will present research on policing styles in Indonesia.
She will then complete a wider research and teaching trip to leading universities and research organisations in the United States and Europe while she is on sabbatical leave from AUT.
While the Fulbright Award represents a modest contribution towards her travel ($4000), Davies says the real prize will be adding the Fulbright name to her curriculum vitae.
“It is a huge honour to receive a Fulbright Award; it says that as an academic I am willing to engage with a wider audience and put my work out there,” says Davies.
Fulbright New Zealand Travel Awards are for New Zealand academics, artists or professionals to present their work to American audiences. Approximately twelve awards valued at up to NZ$5,000 are granted each year.
“That I can achieve and take up this award says a lot about the research focus at AUT. The university strongly supports and promotes the Fulbright values of cultural and academic exchange, and has made this possible for me,” says Davies.
Research and teaching benefits
Having the chance to spend time developing her research and teaching is an exciting prospect, says Davies. It will be good to share my research with other academics and develop it further. I am also keen to see how my American counterparts are teaching and maybe bring some of those techniques back to AUT.”