Jazz Robson

Jazz Robson

Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Master of Arts with First Class Honours
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology

Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Ngāti Raukawa

She is passionate about championing children’s rights, says Jazz Robson who is currently completing a PhD focused on Article 12 (participation) of the UNCRC and youth justice.

“The idea that children and young people possess inalienable rights to be heard and to be included in decision-making processes that affect their lives is one of the most contentious human rights of all children and young people.

“For my PhD thesis, I am looking at young people’s right to be heard and to have their views taken into account when adults in the youth justice system are making decisions that affect young people’s lives. My hope is that this thesis will provide a platform for future research that aids change in the youth justice system. And, above all, it can be part of what ensures that young people have their rights protected and their views listened to and taken seriously.”

Fulfilling a promise
There is also a personal reason behind her PhD research, says Jazz whose thesis is supervised by Professor Marilyn Waring, Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies and Dr Kirsten Hanna.

“My PhD is fulfilling a promise I made to my Uncle John. As a principal, academic and mentor to many tamariki he showed by example, the kind of champion tamariki need.”

“He taught me that ‘To be a champion for tamariki you have to start with the basics and one of them is listening to and taking seriously what they say’”, says Jazz whose research is supported by an AUT Vice-Chancellor Doctoral Scholarship.

Lighting the fire
She has always been interested in society and people, says Jazz who has already completed a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social sciences and public policy at AUT.

“I am highly observant and curious about people and the world around me. Growing up, I asked questions often and was curious about the impact society has on shaping who we are and what we become. Completing a Bachelor of Arts in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy gave me the answers I was looking for and made me curious enough to keep on studying.”

Her studies also helped her find her passion, Jazz says.

“While studying at AUT, I’ve been lucky to have mentors whose world class knowledge, experience, and passion for children’s rights and public policy helped me zone in on what I truly enjoy advocating for. They ignited the fire for studying children’s rights and policy, and they have kept the wonder and joy of  learning alive. This kind of mentorship is priceless!”

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