Research Completed

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After travelling the length of Aotearoa New Zealand, participating in numerous timebanking events and activities, co-founding the Dunedin Timebank, and conducting recorded interviews with 20 timebank members and founders, I brought this research project to a close in 2017. I am no longer based at the University of Otago. I published and presented my research results in the following formats.

PhD Thesis

The most detailed account of my results is my PhD thesis, completed in 2017. My thesis is not available online at this time. Send me an email if you would like to receive a copy (

McGuirk, E. (2017). Timebanking in New Zealand: Academic and Activist Discussions of its Challenges and Pleasures (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago.

Journal Articles

McGuirk, E. (2017). ‘Timebanking in New Zealand as a prefigurative strategy within a wider degrowth movement’ Journal of Political Ecology 24:595-609.

McGuirk, E. (2012). ‘Studying Time Banking: Exploring Participatory Action Research in Aotearoa New Zealand’ Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies 9(2):142-171.

Conference Presentations

2018 ‘Perspectives from Timebanking in Aotearoa’, Global Mutual Credit: Is it time for a Co-op coin?, at OPEN 2018: Platform Cooperatives, Conway Hall, London, UK.

2015 ‘Creating New Currencies for Degrowth and Relocalisation in Aotearoa New Zealand’, Culture, Power, Degrowth, American Anthropological Association, 114th Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, USA.

2014 ‘Debt and Morality within an Alternative Currency System in Aotearoa New Zealand’, Emerging Markets: From Pillow Gold to Time Banks, American Anthropological Association, 113th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA.

2014 ‘Timebanking in New Zealand: Using an alternative currency to construct and play with experimental social moorings’ Moorings: Towards an Anthropology of Transient Sociality and Relationality, Cosmopolitan Anthropologies: Combined Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists Aotearoa New Zealand and the Australian Anthropological Society, Queenstown, New Zealand.

2012 ‘Imagining Anthropology’s Potential for Community Engagement’ Re-imagining Ethnographic Fieldwork, Annual Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists Aotearoa New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Public Presentations

2017 ‘PhD Research Results, and Ideas for the Future’ Dunedin Timebank public meeting, 25 November, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2016 ‘History and Development of the Dunedin Timebank, 2011-2014’ Dunedin Timebank public meeting, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2016 ‘Timebanking, Degrowth, and Uncertain Futures’ University of the Third Age, Anthropology and Archaeology Series 2016, Invercargill, New Zealand.

2013 ‘Dunedin Timebank: Off the ground and flying high!’ GreenDrinks Dunedin, New Zealand.

2013 ‘Progress Update from the Dunedin Timebank: Recent trades and new membership process’ Transition Valley 473 Sustainability Potluck Lunch, North East Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2012 ‘Emerging Results: an update from interviews and PhD research’. Presented results to research participants for feedback and discussion. Timebank Aotearoa New Zealand Annual Meeting, Raglan, New Zealand.

2012 ‘Setting up a Timebank from Scratch’ Video presentation recorded in Dunedin, and later screened at the 11th Australasian Permaculture Convergence, Turangi, New Zealand.

2012 ‘Dunedin Timebank: Getting Established’ Co-presented with fellow member of the Dunedin Timebank Committee. GreenDrinks Dunedin, New Zealand.

2011 ‘Introduction to Timebanking and Local Currencies’, public seminar and workshop, Occupy the Octagon, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2011 ‘Local Solutions’ presented at ‘Fronting Up to Our Deteriorating World’, public meeting organised by Sustainable Dunedin City and the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2011 ‘Time Banking: How it works and how to get involved’, Malcam Trust community workshop, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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