Conference Keynote Speakers

Dr James Hou-fu Liu

Dr James Hou-fu Liu (刘豁夫) 

James Liu is Professor of Psychology at Massey University for a School whose Vision is “to be the defining Applied School of Psychology for Australasia and the South Pacific that makes a difference in individual and collective lives.”

Before working at Massey, he taught at Victoria University of Wellington where he became Professor and Co-Director of its Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research. His research is in cross-cultural, social, and political psychology, with specializations in history and identity, and the impact of technology on human consciousness. 

James is widely published and leads coalitions of researchers around the world in three topic areas: Digital Influence (the impact of the internet and mass media on societies and individuals), Social Representations of History, and Social Change and Social Action in the Asia-Pacific. He is a naturalized citizen of two countries, a holder of three passports and calls himself a “Chinese-American-New Zealander”.

Nelida Cespedes RosselNelida Cespedes Rossel

Nelida is a popular educator from Peru with forty years professional experience in human rights and citizenship education, and policy, programmes and advocacy for youth and adults. She lobbies national, regional and local authorities and develops proposals which focus on popular education.

Nelida is Honorary President of the Council of Popular Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (CEAAL) and ex General Secretary. In 2016/17 she was coordinator of the Latin American Report to CONFINTEA V1 with the support of UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL).

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Adult Education (ICAE) and a member of the editorial board of the Magazine Piragua (CEAAL Latin America), Journal of Adult Education and Development (DVV Internatioal) and the Journal of Education and Culture (Tarea Peru).

Veronica Tawhai

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uepohatu 

Veronica lectures in policy and politics at Te Pūtahi a Toi. A recent recipient of the Fulbright-Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga scholar award, her fields of research and community work include the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori and youth political engagement, constitutional change, and electoral, civics and citizenship education. To date she has co-edited two books, authored several papers and presents widely on these issues. She is a member of Matike Mai Aotearoa, the Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation and is completing her PhD on the role of citizenship education in transforming indigenous-coloniser relations.