Robert Shaw's work includes governance and management consulting, 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 philosophy, research methods, and some management subjects. He mentors teachers who wish to publish research. At the Western Institute of Technology Taranaki he teaches occasional courses in the applied management degree.
Robert's academic work often draws upon his experience in central and local government. He was for five terms an elected member of the Porirua
City Council. From 1998
to 2001, he was an elected member of the Wellington Regional Council.
He is a qualified Commissioner for resource management hearings in New Zealand. He is a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand and a professional member of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
New Zealand writers' retreat
Coastal Outlook (column in the Opunake & Coastal News)
Robert has managed many research projects in science, education and public policy. His affinity is for "everything to do with science". He is active in business research, particularly the development of innovative business research methodologies. Recent projects are about the interface between China and the West. He supports the Philosophy
of Education Society of Australasia, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, the Philosophy of Management and the New Zealand Association of Science Educators.
Robert's theoretical work mainly relates to Kant, Heidegger and Heelan, ontology, phenomenology, concepts of
truth, the hermeneutic philosophy of science and the foundations of business research methods. Some of his research is about curriculum theory and curriculum design, science
and e-learning. Publications (full-text)>