Councillor Robert Shaw


Dr Robert Shaw is a New Zealand scholar who works in China and New Zealand.

He sometimes works at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), which is in the Pearl River Delta region of Southern China. He teaches western psychology and philosophy, social science research methods, intercultural-understanding and pedagogy. Now based in New Zealand, he mentors teachers who wish to publish research and collarborates on international research projects.

At Taranaki Family Works (Presbyterian Support Central) in New Plymouth he provides counselling to clients referred to Family Works by agencies such as the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Ministry of Justice, Police, schools, and medical practices.

For 18 years he was a civil servant and advisor to Ministers of the Crown (Ministry of Education, State Services Commission, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology). He was for fifteen years an elected member of the Porirua City Council. From 1998 to 2001, he was an elected member of the Wellington Regional Council.

Dr Shaw is a Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society, supports the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand, and is a professional member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He qualified as a Commissioner for resource management hearings in New Zealand. He is an accredited Justice of the Peace.

He is currently a member of the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board (appointed by the Minister of Conservation) and through that appointment he is involved in conservation advocacy.


Curriculum vitae
New Zealand writers' retreat

Coastal Outlook (column in the Opunake & Coastal News)


Robert has managed many research projects in science, education and managerial decision-making. Recent projects are about the interface between China and the West. He attends conferences of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia,, Society of Counseling Psychology (APA), the Existential-Humanistic Institute (GDUFS conferences) and the New Zealand Association of Science Educators.

Robert's theoretical work mainly relates to Kant, Husserl, Heidegger and Heelan, ontology, phenomenology, concepts of truth, the foundations of psychology, and the hermeneutic philosophy of science. Recent writing relates to the theory of psychotherapy, an interest developed because of his work at Family Works. In China, his writing is often about decision-making techniques, curriculum theory, pedagogy and e-learning. Recent writing is about narrative psychotherapy and concepts of truth.

Some papers are available at:

Academia (Author's Page, top 3% of authors)

Google Scholar

SSRN (Author's Page)

Phil Papers (Author's Page)

Research Gate (Author's Page)

Youtube Channel (presentations to students)

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