Victoria U of Wellington: PHD Scholarship on Healthy Aging in Migrant Communities (New Zealand)

“Studentships“PhD Scholarship on Healthy Ageing in Migrant Communities, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. Deadline: 30 September 2020.

The overall research programme will produce a framework for understanding multicultural ageing that is culturally sensitive, ethical, and has a lifespan focus. The research has three main objectives. First, it explores the role of life-course experiences and the challenges of cultural adaptation in migrants’ ageing trajectories. Further, it seeks to identify individual and social resources as well as systemic and structural barriers to multicultural ageing. Finally, it aims to uncover empowering cultural identities. The research programme draws on a range of qualitative (narrative and dyadic interviews, photovoice) and quantitative (life history data and longitudinal surveys) methods. The research will focus on older adults from large immigrant communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, including British, Chinese, Indian, Samoan, and South African, that differ in terms of cultural dimensions and migration history.

The scholarship is for work to explore 1) meanings associated with ‘ageing well’ for older migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand, 2) how these meanings are created through the migration experience, and 3) whether and how meanings and values associated with ‘ageing well’ as a migrant differ across cultural groups. This PhD project will ideally focus on the ageing experiences of Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. However, applicants who have competence working with other migrant groups will also be considered. The successful applicant will be involved in qualitative research, collecting narrative accounts of older migrants (aged 65 years or older) using interviews or other, culturally appropriate research methods (e.g., talanoa), and quantitative research including analysis of survey data.