Dr Pauline Harris is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, where she lectures in the Science and Society programme on science communication, science in everyday life and the importance of energy in society.
She has a PhD in astrophysics from Canterbury University, where she investigated gamma ray bursts as possible sites for high energy neutrino production. Dr Harris has since been the Chairperson of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART), where she applied her physics expertise to the collation and the revitalization of Māori astronomical star lore.
As a Principal Investigator on the Marsden funded project “Ngā Takahuringā ō te ao: The effect of climate change on traditional Māori calendars”, Dr Harris has significant experience and expertise in how to build bridges between Mātauranga Māori and currently topical areas of scientific research.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help us develop technologies to help mitigate these really big issues around environment.Dr Pauline Harris
March 8, 2020
Dr Pauline Harris talks about her work in Māori astronomy and why she joined the MacDiarmid Institute.
April 8, 2019
An overview of the research interests of each of our eight new Principal Investigators.
April 8, 2019
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2018. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
June 21, 2019
MATERIALise 2018 - Dr Pauline Harris discusses how the intersection of mātauranga Māori and materials science could inform environmental remediation.