Councillor Robert Shaw


Dr Robert Shaw is a New Zealand scholar who works in China and New Zealand. His work includes governance and management consulting, dispute resolution, political commentary, teaching and academic research.

He is currently at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), in the Pearl River Delta region of Southern China. He teaches western psychology, research methods, intercultural-understanding, dispute resolution techniques, and pedagogy. He mentors teachers who wish to publish research. In New Zealand, at Taranaki Family Works (Presbyterian Support Central) he provides counselling to clients referred by various government agencies.

For 18 years he was a civil servant and advisor to Ministers of the Crown (Ministry of Education, State Services Commision, 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 and 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 for New Zealand. He is currently a member of the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board (appointed by the Minister of Conservation) and through that appointment involved in conservation and development projects.


Curriculum vitae
New Zealand writers' retreat

Coastal Outlook (column in the Opunake & Coastal News)


Robert has managed many research projects in science, education and decision-making. His affinity is for "everything to do with science and people". 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 and innovations. 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.

Some papers are availale 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 (presenations to students)

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