This post continues our series on public anthropology in Aotearoa New Zealand. This week we profile Dr Catherine Trundle from Victoria University of Wellington.
Dr Catherine Trundle has worked with New Zealand veterans of nuclear testing in the Pacific, researching their experiences of making claims for healthcare, compensation and support. She has written a report aimed at government departments that detailed the difficulties nuclear test veterans face in accessing healthcare benefits. She was also recently invited to present a talk to public health researchers, Veterans Affairs officials, and members of the New Zealand Defense Force about veterans’ experiences with bureaucratic systems, in which she suggested ways to make government processes more responsive and accountable. In addition, she has co-organised a series of conferences on the concept of responsibility, which you can read about in this blog post on Savage Minds.