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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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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Stairs

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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Picturing our past

Picturing our past

By Danielle van Dalen


June 28, a day that I’m sure will be remembered with another clever Google doodle, is fast approaching. But why…

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Leaders, mentors, and you

Leaders, mentors, and you

By Danielle van Dalen


I vividly remember my first year at high school: being one of the new kids, totally captured by the world…

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This is why politicians don’t really need to care about the opinions of young people

This is why politicians don’t really need to care about the opinions of young people

By Danielle van Dalen


Often the youth of our society are referred to as irresponsible. What really frustrates me about this is that in…

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What do you know about TOMS?

What do you know about TOMS?

By Danielle van Dalen


A few days ago I was introduced to the work of Blake Mycoskie, “the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of…

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