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The Australian National University

Jonathan Kilgour, Research Scholar

Master of Laws (Honours), University of Waikato, NZ
Master of Business Administration (Distinction), University of Waikato, NZ
Bachelor of Laws, University of Waikato, NZ
Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Waikato, NZ

Jonathan is a PhD candidate at CAEPR, ANU; a research fellow at Waikato-Tainui College for Research and development, a tribal college in New Zealand; a recipient of a Resilient Urban Futures scholarship from the University of Otago, New Zealand; and a Global Ambassador to the International Association of Masters of Business Administration, based in London.

Jonathan has a background in the New Zealand public service, having worked for Statistics New Zealand, the Department of Internal Affairs and Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development). His career has focused primarily on public management, evaluation, monitoring, research, strategy and statistical development. His focus in these roles included both the wider New Zealand public and more specifically Māori, the indigenous peoples of New Zealand. After the public service, Jonathan has provided consultancy services to government agencies and NGOs through his business, Pare Consulting Ltd, and also managed the research programme at Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

Jonathan is also involved in tribal governance. He is a trustee on Maraeroa A & B and Te Uranga B2, two Māori organisations in the central North Island of New Zealand.

Thesis topic

Complexity and indigenous development: what can we learn from the intersection of complexity theory and indigenous development?


Dr Nicholas Biddle (Chair, ANU)

Dr John Ryks (National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, Waikato University)

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai (Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development)

Research Interests

Jonathan has a broad range of interests. Key areas of focus include cultural dynamics in law, policy, management and research; indigenous perspectives of wellbeing; the impact of political and economic forces on indigenous and human rights; indigenous political, governance and management structures and practices; urban and traditional dynamics in indigenous development; and collective development strategies in tribal contexts.