Before coming to Open Polytechnic I studied and tutored at Victoria University of Wellington, where I completed a PhD in 1998. I have also guest lectured at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.
I have over ten years experience in distance education, as a senior lecturer, degree convenor, and more recently in academic leadership and management positions.
I have a broad interdisciplinary background in the social sciences. My teaching and research interests are in globalisation and culture, with particular reference to migration and identity in the Pacific, areas that I have drawn from in the development of courses in Communication and Social Sciences.
Teaching and research interests
My teaching interests include cultural identity, intercultural communication, globalisation, place identity, migration, and Pacific Studies. I have extensive research experience, having worked in Fiji and among Pasifika communities in New Zealand.
2015 Young, R. “Send me back to Lakeba: Cultural constructions of movement on a Fijian Island” in Oceanian Journeys and Sojourns: Home thoughts abroad, Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
2011 Strongman, L. and Young, R. ‘Decent Exposure’ : A socio-cultural interpretation of Flight TE901 in The Polar Journal, 1(1) (June 2011): 124-137.
2004 Young, R. ‘Of postmodern parachuting and ways of knowing: Towards and embodied geography of movement in Oceania’, The Third Annual Hawaii International Social Sciences Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2004 [paper in published proceedings]
2001 Young, R. “A land with a tangled soul: Lakeban traditions and the Native Lands Commission” in The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 110(4) (Dec 2001): 347-376.
2000 Young, R. “Gender, mobility and urban place in Fiji: From colonial to post-colonial wanderings” in Asia Pacific Population Journal 1 (Sept 2000): 57-71.
1999 Young, R.“The Lakebans: Communities on the move” in Bloomfield, R. Pacific Social Science, Book 2, Communities and Environments, Auckland: Longman.
1994 Young, R. The Employment Experience of Fijian migrants in the Wellington Region, Research Monograph No. 7, 80pp, Victoria University of Wellington, Geography Department.