Dr Robert Shaw is a New Zealand scholar who works in China and New Zealand.
He works for Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), which is in the Pearl River Delta region of Southern China. Now based in New Zealand, he mentors Chinese 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 by agencies such as the Ministry for Children, Ministry of Justice, Police, schools, and medical practices. He is a qualified Family Disputes Resolution Mediator, accredited by the Ministry of Justice and AMINZ. He provides mediation services for commerical and employment disputes.
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, The Institute for Educational and Developmental Psychology, an Associate of 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.
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 is about narrative psychotherapy and concepts of truth, and there is work on practice models for child consultation in family mediation.
Some papers are available at:
Academia (Author's Page, top 3% of authors)
SSRN (Author's Page)
Phil Papers (Author's Page)
Research Gate (Author's Page)
Youtube Channel (presentations to students)
Publons reviewer record