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Introducing Professor Jon Shaw, UC’s 2000th Visiting Erskine Fellow

Which university have you come from and what do you teach?
I’ve come from the University of Plymouth, in the UK, and I teach different aspects of human geography. My main area of expertise is transport geography, though, and I teach a full course on that at home. Here at UC, I’m teaching GEOG222 Transport, Urban Development and Wellbeing until the Easter break.

How did you learn about the Erskine Programme and why were you interested in it?
I first heard about the Erskine Programme years ago – I know a few really high profile British geographers who’ve come out on Erskine fellowships before and they speak very highly of it. When I got the chance to follow in such venerable footsteps myself, I jumped at the chance. I really value being able to meet new colleagues and also to teach in a different university environment: already I’m developing new material and ways of doing things that I’m going to take back home with me.

What have you been doing during your time at UC so far?
I’ve been developing new lectures – I did my first couple of lectures this week – and labs, which start in earnest at the beginning of March. I’m covering some familiar themes but I’m insistent on doing them from a New Zealand angle, so I’ve been reading lots of new literature and scouring the web for all sorts of Kiwi examples to demonstrate key ideas. I have allowed myself to keep a couple of British case studies in the sessions, but only when they stack up as legitimate against a host of other international examples!

 What are you plans for the remainder of your visit?
In addition to the course I’m teaching, I’m giving some seminars (at Otago, Vic and the Ministry of Transport) and I need to get a couple of papers written up. But I’m also looking forward to immersing myself in Christchurch life and seeing some more of the country! I was on holiday here a while ago but didn’t get around to seeing some places that I wanted to, so I’m planning on putting that right this time. I hear a good way to do that is to pick up a rental car or a camper van that needs relocating…

What are you enjoying about your time here at UC/in Christchurch?
The weather! It’s been raining relentlessly in Plymouth for months, it seems. Seriously, I’m enjoying everything about being here. Meeting new people, exploring new areas, learning more about the country and familiarising myself with NZ culture.

You’re an expert in transport, travel and mobility – do you have any thoughts on how these three things have been approached in Christchurch, post-earthquake?
I can’t even begin to imagine what people living here during and post-earthquakes have been through. I’ve been incredibly moved by what I’ve seen and heard so far about how people pulled together to rebuild and plan for the future.

In some ways, on first glance, it’s difficult to see how the transport system was affected, because now it all looks so normal to a visitor coming into town. But when I looked a bit closer it’s easy to see some really significant differences to other places, for example the cycle network. I’m a regular bike user and it’s great cycling into work every morning on a dedicated, segregated cycle route. I cycle into town as well, and it was a real thrill to go through Riccarton Bush and on to Hagley Park – and take a little detour to have a look at the Oval, where I’m going to go and watch the Black Caps play India very soon! Christchurch has the highest proportion of cyclists of the major cities in New Zealand, and I’m sure that’s a lot to do with the new cycling infrastructure.

In the paper this morning I read that patronage on public transport in Canterbury has fallen this year, due largely to a drop in ridership in Christchurch. I hope when the CBD is more fully rebuilt that trend will reverse: it’s such a good idea to have a sparkly, high-quality new bus station as an anchor development in the central city, as it sends out the message that travelling by public transport is a really important thing to do for the health and vitality of the city.

What does being the 2000th Visiting Erskine Fellow mean to you? A great deal! 2,000 visitors shows just how much the Programme has become enormously successful, and whichever way you look at it, bringing that number of visitors over to UC – not to mention how many UC staff members have gone elsewhere as part of the Programme – is a globally significant achievement. 2,000 visitors is the equivalent of bringing the entire teaching staff of about 4 medium-sized universities to teach here. In addition to the world-leading research work that’s done on and around campus, it enhances the reputation of UC in the worldwide academic community. I’m over the moon to be able to play a small part – which is actually quite a bit less than 1/2000th given all the magnificent work that goes on behind the scenes to make the Programme work – in fulfilling the (now expanded) vision of Jack Erskine to bring international scholars to UC.


Annick Masselot in Cambridge

What Department/School have you come from and what do you teach?
I come from the School of Law. I teach Employment Law and Advanced Employment Law, Contract Law, Gender and the Law, European Union Law and Legal Research Methods.  I also do some teaching in the Executive Development Programme where I teach Business Law for the MBA and the MBM degrees.

What interested you in the Grant opportunity?
One of my present line of research is concerned with the gender impact of Brexit. People wrongly think that Brexit and, what are considered to be the most relevant issues: Trade and migration, are gender neutral topics.  In reality, the most adversely impacted people are likely to be the least visible people: women and people from minority backgrounds.

The Cambridge Grant provided me with the opportunity to be based and do research in the United Kingdom at a time when political and legal developments around this theme were at their peak. The Grant further offered me the opportunity to be at Cambridge University where I could interact with experts in the field of constitutional and European Union law and political as well as gender studies scholars. As Cambridge is central to the UK, I knew I was also going to be able to do research in London, in particular at the British Parliament. I was also able to work with NGO and think tanks.

Being in the UK also provided a chance for me to disseminate my work in the country and also in other European Countries.

The grant is generous enough that I was able to do research without  worrying about where to live and I could take my family with me, which was a real bonus.

Where did you visit (i.e which institutions)?
I was a recipient of the Cambridge Grant so I spent most of my time at Cambridge University, where I was based in the Centre for European Legal Studies in the Faculty of Law.  During my time at Cambridge, I was also invited to deliver talks in other institutions.

  • ‘Gendertrouble while approaching the cliff edge Brexit?’ Queen’s University Belfast, The Centre for European and Transnational Studies, Belfast, 7 October 2019
  • ‘Jacinda Ardern and the development of a model of feminist foreign policy?’ feminist foreign policy in the EU context, Quaker Council for European Affairs, Brussels, 26 September 2019
  • ‘The gender impact of Brexit – Unpacking the ideology of socio-political institutions’, School of Law, Reading University, 16 October 2019 (with Roberta Guerrina UoBristol).

How will your time overseas benefit your teaching at UC?
The Cambridge Grant is mostly a research grant, as such it does not really consider teaching. However, I was also invited as a guest lecturer in the Jean Monnet Summer School on Gender and Brexit: Processes and Strategies for Gender Mainstreaming in the Process of Exiting the EU, University of Surrey (UK), 3-8 July 2019.

I delivered two lectures to a range of students and practitioners on (1) EU as a Gender Actor from Internal to External Affairs and (2) Gendering External Affairs – How is Trade gendered?

This experience together with the ability to share experience on European Union practices and on Brexit with practitioners provides unique experience which can be translated into vivid lectures at the University of Canterbury. Having first hand expertise in a topic makes us better teacher because we know what is going on on the ground.  

 Do you have any advice for potential future Grant applicants?
Don’t be shy, go forth and meet people outside UC.



The Erskine Programme is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Canterbury, Cambridge, and Oxford Visiting Fellowships and Grants.

Fellowships to come to UC have been awarded to the following people:

Canterbury Fellowships

  • Professor Catriona Pennell from the University of Exeter, UK, who will be visiting the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, and the School of Languages, Social, and Political Sciences.
  • Professor Pamela Jane Schwikkard from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, who will be visiting the School of Law.

Cambridge Fellowships

  • Dr Edwin Dalmaijer will be visiting the School of Psychology.
  • Professor Ben Gripaios will be visiting the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Dr Sinead Moylett will be visiting the School of Health Sciences.

Oxford Fellowships

  • Professor Katharine Burn  will be visiting the School of Teacher Education.
  • Professor Martin Castell will be visiting the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Stephen Harrison will be visiting the School of Humanities and Creative Arts.

Māori and Indigenous Studies Fellowship

  • Dr Elizabeth Kerekere from the Tīwhanawhana Trust will be visiting Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies.

UC academics who have been awarded grants and will be travelling overseas are:

Oxford Grant

  • Professor Gail Gillon  from the Child and Wellbeing Institute.
  • Dr Shea Elizabeth from the School of Law.
  • Associate Professor Patrick O’Sullivan from the Department of Classics.

Cambridge Grant

  • Dr Toni Collins from the School of Law.

We would like to congratulate all the recipients.

Please contact the Erskine Programme office at erskine@canterbury.ac.nz for further information.


 Dr Tim Weil joins us from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Tim and Laura enjoying the sights on the road to Milford Sound

Where have you come from, and what do you teach?
I’m a member of the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. There I predominately teach cell and developmental biology to all year groups. My training in genetics, biochemistry, and microscopy enables me to highlight how cells are regulated, patterned, and organised during the construction of an organism. I grew up outside of Chicago (IL), then completing my undergraduate degree in St. Louis (MO) and PhD in Princeton (NJ). As a postdoc in Oxford (UK), I was fortunate to also spend time living in Edinburgh (UK) and Utrecht (NL), before starting my group in 2013 in Cambridge (UK).

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/why did you want to come to UC?
It was the opportunity to experience a different culture, meet new people, and learn how the academic courses are delivered. UC came highly recommended by my Cambridge colleagues, and I viewed the visit as a great chance to make connections with the students and staff here.

What have you been doing at UC?
At UC I have been lecturing is the SBS, attending practicals, delivering seminars, and meeting with different group leaders. The rest of the time I café-hop around campus and work on manuscripts, talks, grants, and lectures. My wife and I have also become regular visitors to the Rec Centre, where we enjoy the friendly group fitness classes and pick-up basketball games.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
Everything! But if I were forced to list a few I have to start with the curiosity of the students and their willingness to engage in both scientific and general discussions. The members of the department have been extremely friendly and keen to interact with me. I have had a superb academic host, Ashley Garrill, who has been an inspiration to watch teach and introduced me to many people at UC. The teaching spaces, with the open atriums, cafes, study areas and social spaces, have also made teaching and working on campus very enjoyable.

My wife and I have found the campus atmosphere vibrant and welcoming. The relaxed ethos, highlighted in the number of skateboards and barefoot pedestrians around, coupled with a sense of harmony with the environment, has been refreshing. 

It goes without saying that the spectacular landscape and outdoor life have also been a highlight. As is the ease of travel, especially the Christchurch Airport, and welcoming of visitors has made the adventures all the more pleasurable.


The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following Visiting Erskine Fellows to the University:

  • Professor Roberto Langella from University of Campania, Italy, arrived 29 August and is teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professors David Hill & Kendra Sharp from Baylor University, USA, arrived 30 August and are teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Assistant Professor Rosanna Veneziano from University of Campania, Italy, arrived 1 September and is teaching in the School of Product Design
  • Associate professor Michel Lavrauw from Sabanci University, Turkey, arrived 5 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Associate Professor Regina Burachik from University of South Australia arrived 6 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Professor John Hinde from University of Galway, Ireland, arrived 7 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mr Timothy Atkins from TriVector Services arrived 8 September and is teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr Bradford Wilson from Princeton University, USA, arrived 8 September and is teaching in the School of Humanities & Creative Arts (History)
  • Dr Timothy Weil from University of Cambridge, UK, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Biological Sciences
  • Professor Robert Hackett from Simon Fraser University, Canada, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the Department of Media & Communication
  • Emeritus Professor Tom Laue from University of New Hampshire, USA, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr Markus Puschenreiter from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
  • Sir Colin Humphreys from Queen Mary University of London, UK, arrives 13 September and will be teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr David Baska from Terracon, USA, arrives 15 September and will be teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

We wish all our visitors and their families a wonderful stay at UC!