Associate Professor Evelyn Imelda Coxon
PhD MA BA DipTchg
Associate Professor Eve Coxon is a graduate of University of Auckland and has held academic positions there for over 25 years. Prior to that, she was a school teacher. While she has for many years held a position with the Faculty of Education (FOE), her interdisciplinary teaching and research programmes are reflective of previous senior academic positions with the Centres for Pacific Studies and Development Studies. Specific focuses of her work within the broad field of Comparative and International Education are education and development in the Pacific, and education in “fragile” states. Eve is President of the Oceania Comparative & International Education Society (OCIES). She was founding Director and is currently co-Director of FOE’s Research Unit in Pacific & International Education (RUPIE). She frequently is engaged as a researcher/consultant by international development organisations and developing country governments. Current and recent appointments include work in Tonga, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Bangladesh, Timor Leste and Afghanistan.
Research | Current
- Education for sustainable and equitable development in Oceania
- Education for development in “vulnerable” contexts
- Education for Pasifika communities in New Zealand
Postgraduate supervision/completed – selected theses
- Buchanan, Jeff (2003): Education, Islam and Modernity: A Case Study of Pakistan
- Filipo, Tipene (2005): O le Aoga Katolika mo Tagata Samoa: The Significance of Catholic Schooling to Samoan Parents.
- Nabobo-Baba, Unaisi (2006): Vugalei: voices and silences of what and how we know – indigenous Fijian epistemology and implications for education.
- Dreyer, Wayne (2008): A Foucauldian Analysis of NZ’s education for development policies.
- Kauvaka-Kinikini, Lealani (2010): Maui’s Sons: A genealogy of return (2010).
- Ashley, Linda (2010): Motifs in metamorphosis: Movement, meaning and culture in dance education.
- Tolley, Hilary (2012) : Pacific Education SWAps from a Complexity Perspective
- Shah, Ritesh (2012): Pedagogues of possibility? Primary Educators and their role in curriculum reform in post-conflict Timor Leste
- Wickramasinghe, Mihirini (2016): Quality of cross border higher education in Sri Lanka: An investigation into the quality of the foreign degree awarding institutes of Sri Lanka.
- Gwengo, Esther (2001) Exploring the Impact of Structural Adjustment on Secondary Girls’ Education in Zimbabwe
- Huda, Nurul (2001) The Socio-Economic Impact of the Female Secondary Education Stipend Project: A Case Study of an Aid Project for Development in Secondary Education in Bangladesh
- Tamasese, Moana (2002) Samoa’s Human Resources and NZ Development Aid
- Tolley, Hilary (2003) Basic Education in the Pacific: globalising the local?
- Openiano, Lilia (2003) Pyrrhus, Faustus, Indigenous: Towards Liberating Indigenous Education in the Philipinnes
- ‘Otunuku, Mo’ale (2003) Bilingualism in Tongan Primary Schools
- Howard, Elaine Sihoatani (2004) In the Name of Development: churches as development agents in Tonga (main supervisor)
- Bobekova, Elvira (2007) The Decentralization of Comprehensive Education in Rural Kyrgyzstan
- Shah, Ritesh (2007) Reimagining a Politics of Possibility through Community – School Partnerships in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
- Tirado Taipe, Carlos Alberto (2007) Participation, Local Culture and Quality Education in Rural Peru.
- Springford, Ann (2007) Literacy, Democracy and Solomon Islands’ Women
- Schoone, Adrian, (2008) Re-scripting life: the experience of New Zealand-born Tongan ‘Youth at Risk’ sent to Tonga.
- Roberts, Fleur (2008) Realising Women’s Rights: issues and challenges for International Human Rights.
- Klue, Jodi (2009) Developing positive peace: exploring the peacebuilding contributions of a non-formal education initiative in the Fiji Islands.
- Denzyer, Marianna (2009) Transition of Pacific Islands Students from Secondary to Tertiary Education.
- Spratt, Rebecca (2011) Professional Subjectivities and Aid Relationships in the Solomon Islands
- Mostert, Hester (2011) Basic Education Provision in the "Fragile" State of Papua New Guinea.
- Mackisack, John (2015) The Developmental role of scholarships in post-conflict Aceh: Challenges to creating a lasting peace
Special Issue Journals and Books Edited
- Coxon, E. 2016. ‘Strengthening Educational Relationships in Oceania’ The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 15 (3).
- Fairbairn-Dunlop, P. & Coxon, E. (eds), 2014. Talanoa: Building a Pasifika Research Culture. Auckland: Dunmore Publishing Ltd.
- Coxon, E. & Wendt T., 2013. ‘Pacific Education Research: New Directions’. MAI Review, 2013.
- Coxon, Eve & Airini, 2011. 'Educational Places, Spaces and Relationships’. Pacific Asian Education, 23 (2).
- Coxon, Eve & Cassidy, Elizabeth, 2011. ‘Education in the Pacific: Rethinking Partnerships, The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 10 (2).
- Campbell, I. & Coxon, E. (eds), 2005. Polynesian Paradox: Essays in Honour of Futa Helu. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies.
- Coxon, E. & Taufe’ulungaki, ‘A. (eds), 2003. Global/Local Intersections: Researching the Delivery of Aid to Pacific Education. Auckland: Research Unit in Pacific Education, The University of Auckland.
- Marshall, J., Coxon, E., Jenkins, K. & Jones, A. (eds), 2000. Politics, Policy and Pedagogy: Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
- Coxon, E., Jenkins, K.., Marshall, J. & Massey, L. (eds), 1994. The Politics of Learning and Teaching in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
Journal Articles/Book Chapters
- Tolley, H & Coxon, E., 2015. ‘Aid to Pacific Education’. In: Crossley, M.,Hancock, G & Sprague, T. (eds). Education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
- Coxon, E., 2013. ‘Reflections on the life work of a distinguished Pacific Educationist: ‘Ilaisa Futa ‘I Ha’angana Helu, 1934–2010. MAI Review, 168-174.
- Coxon, E., Nabobo-Baba, U., Johansson-Fua, S. & Tolley, H., 2010. ‘The Sector Wide Approach to aiding Pacific Education in the ‘New Aid Era’. Just Change: Critical Thinking on Global Issues, Vol. 18:14-15
- Coxon,E., 2010. ‘Achieving Education for All in the Pacific?’ In: Thrupp, M. & Irwin, R. (eds). Another decade of New Zealand education policy: Where to now? Hamilton: WMIR, pp 185-200.
- Coxon E. & K. Munce, 2009. ‘The Global Educational Agenda and the Delivery of Aid to Pacific Education’. In: Mayo, Peter (ed.) Education in Small States: Global Imperatives, Regional Initiatives and Local Dilemmas. London & New York: Routledge, pp 26-44.
- Coxon, E., 2009. ‘Educational Enactments and the ‘New Aid Era’: Implications for the Pacific’. In: Quinlivan, Kathleen, Boyask, Ruth & Kaur, Baljit, (eds) Educational Enactments in a Globalised World: Intercultural Conversations. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp 129-136.
- Coxon, E. & Munce, K., 2008. ‘The Global Educational Agenda and the Delivery of Aid to Pacific Education’. Comparative Education, Vol. 44, No.2:147-166.
- Coxon, E., 2007. ‘Samoa’. In: Campbell, C. and G Sherrington (eds.) Going to School in Oceania, New York: Greenwood Press, pp 263-314.
- Coxon, E., 2007. ‘Polynesia’. In: G. McCulloch & D. Crook (eds) The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Education, London & New York: Routledge, pp 445-446.
- Coxon, E., 2006. ‘Schooling, Ethnicity and Social Inclusion in Fiji’. World Studies in Education, Vol.6, No.2:55-73
- Benseman, J., Anae, M., Anderson, H., Coxon E., 2006 ‘Retaining non-traditional students: lessons learnt with Pasifika students in New Zealand’. Journal of Higher Education Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 147-162.
- Coxon, E., 2005. ‘Dogma, Ideology, Philosophy and Critical Education’. In: Campbell, Ian and Eve Coxon, 2005. Polynesian Paradox: Essays in Honour of Futa Helu. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, pp 58-72.
- Coxon, E. & Tolley, H., 2004. ‘Aid to Pacific Education: An Overview’. In: Sanga, Kabini and ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki (eds). Re-thinking Aid Relationships in Pacific Education. Wellington: He Parekareke, Victoria University, pp 28-82.
- Coxon, E., 2004. ‘Beyond Economism: Globalization, Development and Culture’. International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 1:741-751.
- Coxon, E., 2002. ‘From Patronage to Profiteering? New Zealand’s educational relationship with the small states of Oceania’. Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol. 34, No.1:57-75.
- Coxon E., 1999. ‘The Politics of 'Modernisation': Educational Policy-Making at the Periphery’. In: Marshall J. and Peters M., Education Policy. International Series in Comparative Policy Studies. Oxford: Edward Algar.
Commissioned Research Reports
- Coxon, E. & Spratt, R (2015). Pacific Literacy & School Leadership Programme: Summary Analysis Report to NZ MFAT. Phase 1 Findings from Cook Islands, Solomon Islands & Tonga. Wellington, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Coxon, E. & Spratt, R (2015). Pacific Literacy & School Leadership Programme: Phase 11 Implementation Plan. Overview Report to NZ MFAT. Wellington, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Coxon, E & ‘Otunuku, M. (2013). Cook Islands Curriculum Review: Desk Study and Field Research Findings. Cook Islands Ministry of Education & University of the South Pacific, Institute of Education.
- Coxon, E., Shah, R. & Tolley, H. (2012). Sector Results Framework for Pacific Education. NZ Aid Programme, MFAT.
- Coxon, E, Helu-Thaman, K., Fua, S. & ‘Otunuku, M. (2012). Systems Review: Tonga Institute of Education. Government of Tonga & University of the South Pacific, Institute of Education.
- Coxon, E & Salima S. (2012). Evaluating Education Sector Program (ESP) Interventions: Processes and Achievements. Samoa Ministry of Education & Asia Development Bank.
- Coxon, E. I. (2011). Overarching Evaluation Research Plan for Education Support Program, Phase II. Samoa Ministry of Education & Asia Development Bank.
- Coxon, E. I., Tolley, H., Fua, S. J., & Nabobo-Baba, U. (2011). Researching SWAps in Pacific Education. NZMFAT: International Development Research Fund.
- Airini, Anae, M., Mila-Schaaf, K., Coxon, E., Mara, D., & Sanga, K. (2010). Teu Le Va – Relationships across research and policy in Pasifika education: A collective approach to knowledge generation & policy development for action towards Pasifika education success. Ministry of Education, pp 69.
- Coxon, E. & Tolley, H. (2008) Fee-Free Education and School Grants Policies in the Pacific. Commissioned by NZAID/MFAT.
- Coxon, E. I. (2008). Independent Review of Solomon Islands Curriculum Reform Programme. Government of Solomon Islands, NZMFAT & European Union.
- Tolley, H. & Coxon, E. (2008). The use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in Pacific schools, with reference to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. NZAID/MFAT.
- Coxon, E., Anae, M.., Mara, D., Wendt-Samu, T. & Finau, C. (2002) Literature Review on Pacific Education Issues, Ministry of Education.
- Anae, M., Mara, D., Wendt Samu, T. & Coxon, E. (2002) Pasifika Education Research Guidelines, Ministry of Education.
- Benseman, J., Coxon, E., Anae, M. & Anderson, H., (2002).Pacific Peoples and Tertiary Education: Issues of Participation, Ministry of Education.
Research Grants and Consultancies
- 2014-2017: Principal Investigator, NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Pacific Literacy and School Leadership Programme
- 2013: Comparative Education & Evaluation Specialist, Government of Oman: Evaluation of Oman Education System
- 2011-2012: Comparative Education Specialist, Asia Development Bank: Implementation Strategy of the National Education Policy for Secondary Education in Bangladesh.
- 2010- 2011: Principal Investigator, Pasifika. ASB Community Trust/NZCER: Evaluation of Maori - Pacific Education Initiatives.
- 2008-2010: Principal Investigator, NZAID International Development Research Fund: Researching the effectiveness of SWAps as an aid delivery mechanism to education in Solomon Islands and Tonga.
- 2010: Education Specialist, Timor Leste Government/NZMFAT/AusAID/World Bank: Mid Term Review of Timor Leste Education Sector Support programmes.
- 2010: Education Specialist , Government of Tonga/NZMFAT: Review of Tonga Education Support Programme (TESP I)
- 2009-2011: Education Research & Evaluation Capacity Building Specialist, Government of Samoa/Asia Development Bank: Samoa Education Support Programme, Phase 2
- 2009: Principal Investigator, NZAID/MFAT: Evaluation of the Global Education Fund.
- 2009: Education Specialist: Solomon Islands Government/NZMFAT. Review of the Sector Wide Approach as Education Aid Modality to Solomon Islands Education.
- 2008-2009: Education Advisor: Strategy, Advisory & Evaluation Group, NZAID/MFAT.
- 2008: Education Specialist, Government of Tonga/NZAID: Mid-Term Review of Sector Wide Education Support Programme in Tonga.
- 2008: Education Specialist: Solomon Islands Government/NZMFAT: Review of Curriculum Reform Programme in Solomon Islands.
- 2008: Education Specialist: MFAT: Review of NZAID Support to Education in Bamyan, Afghanistan
- 2006: Education Specialist, NZ MFAT: Scoping New Zealand Support to Bamyan Education, Afghanistan Institutional Strengthening Project.
Areas of expertise
- Education for international development
- Development discourse and global education agenda
- Education, culture and development
- Global/regional/local articulations in education policy
- Critical ethnography
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Coxon, E. I., Tolley, H., Fua, S. J., & Nabobo-Baba, U. (2011). Researching SWAps in Pacific Education. 1-52.
- Leituaso-Mafoa, F. T., & Mutch, C. A. (2011). Global influences on curriculum in Samoa: the case of Business Studies. Pacific-Asian Education, 23 (2), 101-116. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carol Mutch
- Soti, F. H., & Mutch, C. A. (2011). Teaching and Learning Food and Textiles in Samoa: Curriculum Implementation as a contested process. Pacific-Asian Education, 23 (2), 89-100.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carol Mutch
- Coxon, E. I. (2011). Overarching Evaluation Research Plan for Education Support Program, Phase II. Report to Samoa Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture. 1-60.
- Coxon, E. I., & Cassity, E. (2011). Editorial – Education in the Pacific: Rethinking Partnerships. International Education Journal, 10 (2), 1-6.
- Coxon, E. I. (2011). Editorial: Inside and Around the Pacific Circle: Educational Places, Spaces and. Pacific Asian Education, 23 (2), 1-7.
- Airini, Anae, M., Mila-Schaaf, K., Coxon, E., Mara, D., & Sanga, K. (2010). Teu Le Va – Relationships across research and policy in Pasifika education: A collective approach to knowledge generation& policy development fror action towards Pasifika education success.
- Coxon, E. I., Nabobo-Baba, U., Johansson-Fua, S., & Tolley, H. (2010). The Sector Wide Approach to aiding Pacific Education in the 'New Aid Era'. Just Change: Critical Thinking on Global Issues (18), 14-15.