Our People

Te Ngira Directorate


Kakahu Paekau

Kim Southey

Vanessa Clark

Pouhere Kanapu | Executive Director, Kanapu

Tahu Kukutai


Polly Atatoa Carr

Associate Professor

Yara Jarallah

Senior Lecturer in Population Studies, Undergraduate Advisor

Shefali Pawar

Senior Research Officer, Seminar Series Coordinator

Moana Rarere

Research Fellow

Renae Dixon

Research Development Manager

Ritu Parna Roy

Research Fellow

RoimataoteAroha Jacob

Jessica Terruhn

Research Fellow

Jesse Whitehead

Research Fellow

Emeritus Professors

Professor Richard Bedford

Professor Ian Pool

(1936 – 2022)

Professor Jacques Poot

Professor Dame Peggy Koopman-Boyden

Current Doctoral Students

Zohirul Islam (Temporary Migration and Income Inequality in New Zealand)
Youjeong Jang (Policy Rhetoric and Lived Realities of South Korea's Policies on Urban Diversity)
John Natua (Understanding Drivers towards better health and wellbeing for Cook Island Families in the Waikato and Midland Regions)
Moana Rarere (Understanding Contemporary Māori Demographic Reproduction Patterns)
Kyle Hefferton (Contemporary expressions of matakite)
Ella Newbold (Protecting Ngāti Tiipa hapū data sovereignty)
Byron Williams (Ethnic Discrimination in Housing: Understanding Experiences of Racism Amongst African Renters in Wellington, New Zealand)
Megan Lenny
Sarah Bashir

Recent PhD Completions

Carole McMinn (Homeless Families of Hamilton: Exposing the Invisible Homeless of Hamilton and Their Journey to Sustained Tenancies Under a Housing First Approach.)
Joke Methorst (Socio-spatial dynamics of digital nomads in Ubud, Bali)
Love Umesi (Underlying and State-level Contextual Causes of Early Childhood Mortality in Nigeria)

Research Associates


Dr Lars Brabyn BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), PhD Cant, Geography Programme
A Prof Michael Cameron BMS(Hons), PhD Waik, WMS Economics
Dr William Cochrane BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD Waik, Sociology Programme
Prof Lynda Johnston BA Otago, MSocSc PhD Waik, Deputy Dean and Associate Dean Academic FASS
Dr Naomi Simmonds BSocSc MSocSc PhD Waik, Senior Lecturer, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
Prof Nicola Starkey BSc(Hons) C.Lancs, PhD Leeds, Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr Sarah Jane Tiakiwai MA(Hons) Auck, PhD Waik, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Maori
Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki PhD, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato, MNZPsS
Prof Iain White BA(Hons), Mtpl, MRTPI, PhD Manchester, Environmental Planning Programme
Professor Francis Collins  BA, BA (Hons), MA,  PhD Auckland


Dr Len Cook BA(Hons) Otago CBE, Victoria University of Wellington/Families Commissioner SUPERU
Dr Robert Didham MSc Cant PhD Tubingen, Statistics New Zealand
Dr Natalie Jackson DipNZIMR, BSocSc, MSocSc Waik, PhD Anu, Natalie Jackson Demographics Ltd
Dr David Maré BA, BCom, MCom Auck PhD Harvard, Motu
Dr John Ryks 
BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD Waikato, Aria Research Dr Janet Sceats MSc, LSHTM, PhD Lond, Medical demographer