Danielle van Dalen

Danielle van Dalen

Danielle van Dalen

About Danielle van Dalen

Researcher

Leading our current research project looking at the intersection of disability, employment, and poverty, Danielle joined our research team after completing her MSc in Political Science at Leiden University, Netherlands, where she focused on Conflict and Cooperation. Previously, she achieved a BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from Victoria, University of Wellington.

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Is there demand for a tourist tax?

By Danielle van Dalen


I’m no economist, but even I know that basic economic theory says that as the price for a product increases,…

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End of Life Choice Bill contains flaws that are impossible to fix

By Alex Penk


This column was published in Fairfax newspapers on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and on stuff.co.nz Parliament has started hearing submissions…

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Beware the consequences of the waka-jumping bill

By Danielle van Dalen


Like many, my first introduction to politics was through a class election. My group decided our key campaign promise was…

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Algorithms no substitute for people

By Danielle van Dalen


The cracks are starting to show on the fancy computer algorithms we rely so heavily upon these days. The recent…

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Changing the way we educate

By Danielle van Dalen


Nelson Mandela is credited with saying: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” It…

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The too hard basket: Breaking the link between disability and poverty

By Danielle van Dalen


Less than half of New Zealanders with disabilities are in paid employment. New research from the Maxim Institute suggests employers…

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We deserve the whole story on euthanasia laws

By Danielle van Dalen


Like New Zealand, some of our neighbours across the ditch have recently been debating whether to legalise euthanasia and assisted…

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Discussion Paper: Acknowledging Ability

By Danielle van Dalen


 People who are living with a disability are vastly overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty figures, and 74 percent of those…

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Using policy to fix things – why gun control isn’t as simple as we’d like

By Danielle van Dalen


The best way to reduce gun violence is through stricter gun control policies, right? Well, perhaps, but not necessarily. A…

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And now, civility

By Danielle van Dalen


Kiwi kids know that good sportsmanship in team sports looks like healthy competition followed by the competing teams shaking hands…

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Our politicians must learn what actually makes a difference in education

By Danielle van Dalen


I can clearly remember my favourite teacher. He was a jovial and portly history teacher, who would get incredibly excited…

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Supporting the village raising our children

By Danielle van Dalen


An African proverb claims that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Labour’s School Leavers’ Toolkit Policy seems an…

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Youth UBI fails to focus on real need

By Danielle van Dalen


Only a few years ago I would have been eligible for the $200 a week Gareth Morgan’s party just announced…

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The illusion of certainty in the End of Life Choices Bill

By Danielle van Dalen


David Seymour is convinced his End of Life Choices Bill, drawn from the Private Member’s Ballot last Thursday, would be…

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Creating opportunities to contribute

By Danielle van Dalen


Last week New Zealander Robert Martin took up his position in Geneva as Spokesperson for Disabled People on the United…

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Valuing access to work

By Danielle van Dalen


Unemployment is costly. It costs the unemployed person and it costs society. For plenty of people with disabilities this cost…

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Removing the barriers

By Danielle van Dalen


I was 12 when my grandfather lost his eye and was declared officially blind. In the following months and years…

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Working hard, still struggling

Working hard, still struggling

By Danielle van Dalen


In New Zealand’s poverty debate, work is often touted as the silver bullet solution, the one thing that will solve…

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Seeing the person, not the problem

Seeing the person, not the problem

By Danielle van Dalen


Politics and policies can change lives. However, policy is just an idea until people do something to enact it. For…

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“Trust me” – politics can be better

“Trust me” – politics can be better

By Danielle van Dalen


With one political event after another falling victim to anti-establishment sentiments, I have to ask, is New Zealand next? A…

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