Summer Research Scholarships recipients and projects

Summer Research Scholarships are a great way to gain valuable research experience, work with leading researchers at the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, enhance your career opportunities and help you think about pursuing postgraduate study.

Sophie's experience

2018 recipients

In late 2017, 27 students from our faculty were awarded Summer Research Scholarships to undertake research projects and develop their research skills during the 2017-2018 summer months. The scholarship winners worked with their supervisors on a diverse range of artistic, musical, dance-related and architectural projects.

Architecture and Planning

  • Ashleigh-Simone Darroch
    The benefit of architectural exhibitions in today’s practice.
  • Milind Goel
    Investigating what has emerged in the urban landscape of Christchurch CBD after the 2011 earthquake in order to understand the potential of the landscape for future changes.
  • Zhu Guo
    Augmented and virtual realities in robotics.
  • Jin Woo Kuk
    Future sity and the metamorphosis of the mall: How a new transductive met-public space and playful experiential involvement of prosumers relate to a production of high-quality meta-public spaces. A project for the centenary of the School of Architecture and Planning.
  • Surita Manoa
    To compile information for a history of the first fifty years of the Auckland Architecture Association.
  • Anuja Raju
    The Smart Module - modularity in energy ecology and sustainable development.
  • Kavita Sharma
    An investigative study of the influence of Michel Foucault on architectural discourse responses/developments/critiques.
  • Cameron Spicer
    Investigations into robotically fabricated composite structures.
  • Jane Waterhouse
    Auckland’s successful public space: The contemporary transformation of socio-spatial interaction in major public nodes of the city studied through social media.
  • Brae Wingate
    Architecture at the crossroads.

Dance Studies

  • Emma Cosgrave
    Feeling feelings: An exploration of how emotions effect dancers’ creative contributions within choreographic collaboration.
  • Odessa Grayson
    Creating a choreographic movement based around the ways in which cultural assumptions around female roles might enable or hinder artistry.
  • Keretina Hakaraia
    This research focuses on working with a quantitative and qualitative observational measure as part of a dance and wellbeing project.
  • Yin Chi Lee
    Wu: An inter-cultural performance research project in search of deeper connections between Chinese wushu and Western contemporary dance. How can wushu offer contemporary dancers wider physical and cognitive possibilities to enhance their dance and choreographic practices?
  • Adrienne Tucker
    Improvisation through the screen: How do 18-22 year olds within the Auckland region experience improvisation dance video?


  • Albert Ashton
    Presenting indigenous history: A research of korowai Māori cloaks in local and international museology.
  • Hae Yeon Hong
    Painting Chit-Chat: Testing the ‘new sincerity’ within the expanded field of painting.
  • Rozana Lee
    Reframing Travel: The notion of foreignness as a universal aspect in contemporary nomadic condition.
  • Bronte Perry
    To examine through an installation-based practice, the historical and contemporary conceptions of assimilation and its relationship to nationalism through the construction of the Tarara identity within both the Te Tai Tokerau and wider New Zealand society. 
  • Tuan Sadikeen
    Dummy Specifications - drawing a time-image.
  • Christopher Young
    A photographic project which explores the landscapes of my personal history focusing on the geography of colour in past and present-day South Africa.


  • Lyndon Alford
    Research into the composition and performance of contemporary choral repertoire with live electronic processing.
  • Michaela Cornelius
    Assessing creativity and the compositional process within informational limitations in contemporary music composition.
  • Modi Deng
    A methodological project that seeks to integrate the sub-disciplines of music theory historical-cultural studies and performance research in order to identify and further explore a range of interpretive possibilities for the performance of Maurice Ravel’s suite of three poems Gaspard de la Nuit (1908).
  • Lucy Li
    Joe Hisaishi’s use of musical leitmotifs in Studio Ghibli animation films: a multi-media analysis.
  • Kirsten Strom
    Research into a multimedia language of gesture in live electronics art music through a set of compositional studies on violin and live electronics with gesture-responsive image projection.
  • Garling Wu
    Research into the integration of interactive installations in a three-dimensional sound environment for use in sonic arts composition.

For detailed information, including closing dates and how to apply, visit Summer Research Scholarships.