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, dispute resolution techniques, pedagogy, and some management subjects. He mentors teachers who wish to publish research. At the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, he teaches occasional courses in the applied management degree.

Robert's management research often draws upon his experience in central and local government. For 18 years he was a civil servant and advisor to Ministers of the Crown. 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.

He qualified as a Commissioner for resource management hearings in New Zealand. He is an accredited Justice of the Peace for New Zealand and a professional member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is currently a member of the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board (appointed by the Minister of Conservation).


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 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, Husserl, Heidegger and Heelan, ontology, phenomenology, concepts of truth, the foundations of psychology, the hermeneutic philosophy of science and innovations in business research methods. Some of his research is about decision-maing techniques, curriculum theory and curriculum design, 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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