Councillor Robert Shaw


Dr Robert Shaw is a New Zealand scholar who works in China and New Zealand.

At Taranaki Family Works (Presbyterian Support Central), in New Plymouth, he provides counselling to clients referred by agencies such as the Ministry for Children, Ministry of Justice, Police, schools, and medical practices. He is a qualified Family Disputes Resolution Mediator, accredited by the Ministry of Justice and AMINZ. He provides mediation services for commerical and employment disputes.

Robert also works for Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), which is in the Pearl River Delta region of Southern China. Now based in New Zealand, he mentors Chinese teachers who wish to publish research and collarborates on international research projects.

For eighteen years he was a civil servant and advisor to Ministers of the Crown (Ministry of Education, State Services Commission, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology). He was for eighteen years an elected member of the Porirua City Council or the Wellington Regional Council.

Robert is a Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society, The Institute for Educational and Developmental Psychology, an Associate of the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand, and is a professional member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He qualified as a Commissioner for resource management hearings in New Zealand and is an accredited Justice of the Peace.

Curriculum vitae


Robert has managed many research projects. Recent projects are about existentalism in China and the West. He attends conferences of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA), and the Existential-Humanistic Institute (GDUFS conferences).

Robert's theoretical work relates to Kant, Husserl, Heidegger and Heelan, ontology, phenomenology, concepts of truth, the foundations of psychology, and the hermeneutic philosophy of science.

Recent writing, which draws upon his counselling experience, is about narrative counselling methods, psychotherapy and concepts of truth, Jung, violence and culture.

Some papers are available at:

Academia (Author's Page, top 3% of authors)

Google Scholar

SSRN (Author's Page)

Phil Papers (Author's Page)

Research Gate (Author's Page)

Youtube Channel (presentations to students)

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