Dance scholar recognised with prestigious research award

06 May 2016
Dr Rose Martin standing by a wall in Palestine reading 'Stay human'.
Dr Rose Martin during her research trip to Palestine. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Dr Rose Martin, a Senior Lecturer in the Dance Studies Programme, has received a prestigious 2016 University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award.

The awards recognise and promote excellence and research leadership potential. They enable outstanding emerging researchers on staff at the University to further their current research, establish stronger links with the international research community, or embark upon new fields of research. Each award provides up to twenty-five thousand dollars for research support.

A recognised scholar on the subject of international dance education and contemporary dance practices in the Middle East, Dr Martin is also a key figure in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries development of international partnerships.   

She was pivotal in negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Auckland and the University of Arts, Helsinki, last year and is a collaborator on the Strategic Research Project ArtsEqual. Granted  7.8 million euros by the Academy of Finland, the project aims to promote equality through democratic arts education.

Dr Martin has also sole-authored and co-authored books and is currently the principal investigator of the Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the Baltic Sea research project, leading a team of seven scholars.

Part of a series, the Talking Dance books investigate the diverse stories of dance artists, teachers and learners around the world, as they negotiate cultural modernity and globalisation. The latest book is scheduled to be published in 2017.

As well as sitting on editorial and professional boards, Dr Martin has also supervised a large number of PhD and Masters students, and has organised international conferences in China, Turkey and Lebanon.

Dr Martin, who has had an impressive research career since her appointment in 2012, has already received University recognition with the award of Best Doctoral Thesis in 2012, and a NICAI Early Career Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.