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Lindsey Te ata o Tu MacDonald

Lindsey Te ata o Tu MacDonald

Lindsey Te ata o Tu MacDonald, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāi Tahu


Lindsey is a lecturer in political philosophy at the University of Canterbury. His research looks at how to increase people’s agency and dignity in politics. To do that research he pays deep attention to people’s diverse attitudes to politics both in theory and practice.

His early career was in New Zealand’s State Services Commission, and Te Puni Kōkiri, (the Ministry of Maori development). He then completed his PhD while lecturing in the Māori department, and the political science department at the University of Canterbury.

In 2010 he became the Māori member of the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee and was Chair 2012-16. Since 2013 he has been a member of the New Zealand Ethics committee,a not-for-profit independent ethics committee, serving any researcher not eligible for health or institutional ethics review in New Zealand. Since 2017 he has been chair of that committee.

Lindsey’s research in Māori politics was and remains prompted by a desire to diversify understandings of what is ‘Maori’ in politics to allow various Māori political agencies to speak for themselves.

His work in research ethics follows a similar path; to help people understand research ethics as a set of discussions amongst researchers, participants, and review committees on how best to protect the well-being of all people in the research process.



  • Experienced research ethics committee Chair and member
  • The ethical and respectful design and conduct of research with First Peoples
  • Human research ethics and research integrity in New Zealand
  • Public sector research
  • Māori engagement and respect

Refereed Publications by Date

Sheed, T., & MacDonald, L. T. A. O. T. (2017). The diverse stories of Māori political agency: a Q method study. Political Science, 69(3), 214-226.

Nissen, S., & MacDonald, L. T. A. O. T. (2017). Theorising Representation In The Māori Seats. Mai Journal, 6(2), 153-163.

Gontcharov, I., & MacDonald, L. T. A. O. T. (2016). Alternative models of ethical governance: The 2016 New Brunswick-Otago declaration on research ethics. New Zealand Sociology, 31(4), 56-69.

MacDonald, L. T. A. O. T. (2016). Decolonisation starts in a name. Political Science, 68, 105-123.

MacDonald, L. T. A. O. T., & Muldoon, P. (2006). Globalisation, neo-liberalism and the struggle for indigenous citizenship. Australian Journal of Political Science, 41, 209-223.

Books and Book Chapters

MacDonald, L. T. A. O. T. (2018). Ethics and Politics. In M. Tolich & C. Davidson (Eds.), Social Science Research in NZ (4th ed.). Auckland: University of Auckland Press.

Other recent publications


Commissioned reports