The Winds of Change is an education programme of the Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. Led by academics at the University of Otago, the programme brings together New Zealand and Chilean postgraduate students to investigate common climate change issues and how sustainable development strategies can be created for the future.
Scroll through the page to learn more about the programme in 2020 and 2021 -- watch a recording of the Symposiums, check out the projects of the groups from both years, or register your interest to get involved:
In 2021, 30 New Zealanders and Chileans (based in both countries) were brought together virtually for a series of activities including workshops and a virtual Symposium. This video showcases one of the 8 projects created by participants on this programme. Watch the recording of their Symposium below or scroll through to learn more about the projects they developed.
Winds of Change 2021 Cohort Symposium
Project by Kaeli Lalor (Master of Science, University of Otago), Javiera Otero (Diploma in Applied Management, Easter Institute of Technology), Paulina Mejías-Osorio (Bachelor in Geology, University of Concepción), Gonzalo Navarro (PhD in Energy, Water and Environment, in progress, University of La Serena)
Project by John Clemo (Master of Climate Change Science & Policy, in progress, Victoria University of Wellington), Paula Lopez (Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, Southern Institute of Technology), Emma Kerr (Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), in progress, University of Auckland)
Please note that the above are just previews of the infographics. Download to view all the infographics in English and Spanish below.
Project by Andrea Eyquem (Bachelor in Physical Anthropology, University of Chile), Akuhata Bailey-Winiata (Master of Science (Earth Science) Honours, First Class, The University of Waikato), Isabella Ciocca (Master in Regional Science, University of Concepción), Chris Lijzenga (Master in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, University of Groninger)
A thought leadership piece written by this group was born from the participants' concern of the state of water management and the effects that climate change was having on natural cycles. To help them figure out a path forward, they spoke to experts from industry, climate science, and indigenous groups across both New Zealand and Chile. They found that Indigenous perspectives could bring a new light to help with the current water crisis, as their values regarding water and nature aligned strongly with emerging science and industry practice around regeneration and sustainability.
The written piece will be live on the Asia-Pacific Insights platform in early 2022.
Project by Guillermo Rodriguez Piccoli (PhD in Biological Sciences, in progress, Victoria University of Wellington), Cathy Xiong (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours, First Class), University of Auckland), Catalina Ovando (Masters in International Studies, in progress, University of Chile)
To view the group's educational bundle for water and climate change, please click here.
This project was created by Dian Muñoz (PhD in Food Science, in progress, University of Canterbury), César Contreras (Bachelor in Environmental Engineering, University of Concepción), Olivia Adamson (Masters of Science (Research) in Environmental Sciences, University of Waikato), Summer Wright (PhD in Food Technology, in progress, Massey University).
Project by Ignacio Jara (CEAZA Scientific Center), Nick Jolly (Master of International Trade, in progress, Victoria University of Wellington), Carolina Trujillo-Espinoza (Master of Science, in progress, University of Development)
Project by Rata Pryor Rodgers (Master of Science, Victoria University of Wellington), Begoña Ramirez Ibaceta (Marine Biologist, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Esteban Martinez (Diploma in Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation, University of Chile)
Project by Blake Hornblow (Master of Science, in progress, University of Otago), Joseph Julca (Master in History of Science and Scientific Communication, in progress, University of Valencia), Laura Catalan (Master of Biological Sciences, University of Chile)
The programme was piloted in 2020 where 30 New Zealanders and Chileans (based in both New Zealand and in Chile) were brought together in-person in New Zealand and virtually for a series of activities: workshops, field immersion experience, and a virtual Symposium. Check out the video below to get an overview of the programme, watch the recording of the 2020 cohort's Symposium, or take a look at the 10 projects that were developed through the programme.
To get to know our participants, check out their profiles here, or as you scroll through the projects, click on their names to go to directly to their profiles.
Project by Javiera Benavente (PhD in Environmental Sciences, in progress, University of Auckland), Pía Weber (Master of Law, University of Melbourne), and Rachel Keen (BA, Victoria University of Wellington).
Project by by Jenny Stein (PGDip SciComm, University of Otago), Valeria González (Master of Territorial Management, in progress, University of Chile), and William Henriquez (PhD Geology, submitted, Victoria University of Wellington).
Project by Andrea Villavicencio (Master of Engineering Science, in progress, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez), Fox Meyer (Bsc (Hons) in progress, University of Otago), and Rodrigo Calderon (PhD in Disaster, Risk and Resilience, in progress, University of Canterbury).
Project by Madison Seymour (MA in progress. University of Otago), Paula Ruiz (Master of Marine Ecology, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción), Daniel Zamorano (PhD Zoology, in progress, University of Otago).
Project by Kevin Basoa (Master of Meteorology and Climataology, in progress, University of Chile), Lauren Turner (Master of Sustainable Development Goals, in progress, Massey University), and Mauricio Saravia, Dip Sustainable Practice, Otago Polytechnic).
Project by Daniel Cárcamo (MSc in progress, Victoria University of Wellington), Nathalie Edwards (Master of International Relations, in progress, Victoria University of Wellington), and Pamela Jordan (Dip Sustainable Practice, Otago Polytechnic).
Project by Benjamín Inostroza (B Civil Engineering, B Industrial Engineering, in progress, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez), Danilo Perez (PhD in progress, Auckland University of Technology), and Julia Harvey (BSc. University of Otago).
Project by Fernanda Navarro (Geological Civil Engineering, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción), Greg Hatley (BSc (Hons), University of Canterbury), and Paula Llanquileo (Chemistry Engineer, PhD in progress, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).
If you are interested in joining the programme as a participant in 2021 or getting involved with the Network in some capacity, please sign up below.