Leechin Heng - PhD Student Profile - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury

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Leechin Heng

Leechin Hengleechin.heng@pg.canterbury.ac.nz


Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class) in Sociology (University of Canterbury)
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Japanese (University of Canterbury)

PhD Project Title

Constructing inclusion: Meaning-making and process in professional education


Distinguished Professor Niki Davis
Professor Missy Morton
Adjunct Associate Professor Rosemary Du Plessis

Expected Completion of PhD

June 2018


Country of Origin: Malaysia

I am from Malaysia and have been in New Zealand since 2010. I was a piano teacher before I came to New Zealand to pursue my undergraduate studies. I hold an external associate diploma in piano solo and music theory, critique and literature from Trinity College, London. I have worked as a response coordinator for the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group. I was an Arts Scholar in 2013 at the College of Arts, in the same year I was chosen to participate at the Be.Leadership Programme. In November 2014 I co-founded DeSoc, a university club that aims to create a safe space for people to share their thoughts on inclusion and access. I am an arts advocate with Arts Access Aotearoa since July 2014. In 2016 I am also an ambassador with Christchurch Educated International Student's Association. 

Research Interests

Disability studies, intersectionalities, inclusive education, culture and identities, human rights, arts and access. 


Heng, L.C. (2014). Increasing volunteering. 

Heng, L.C. (2012). Disaster recovery and volunteers: Literature review of best practice.  

Heng, L.C. (2008). “Hitting the High Notes in the Big Apple” and 
“2007 Asia TRY in Korea” Challenges Vol. 1 (1), p. 20 & 70

Heng, L.C. (2007). “Coming to America: Lee-chin Heng and the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability” Breakthrough: The newsletter of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation Vol. 34 (4), p. 20 

Heng, L.C. (2006). “No. 1 Piano Paralympic in Japan” The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Vol.  2 (2), p. 47