Our People

Te Ngira Directorate


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

Vanessa Clark

Ritu Parna Roy

Research Fellow

RoimataoteAroha Jacob

Jessica Terruhn

Research Fellow

Jesse Whitehead

Research Fellow

Emeritus Professors

Professor Richard Bedford

Professor Ian Pool

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)
Joke Methorst (Socio-spatial dynamics of digital nomads in Ubud, Bali)
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)
Love Umesi (Underlying and State-level Contextual Causes of Early Childhood Mortality in Nigeria)
Byron Williams (African Experiences of Structural Racism in Rental Housing)

Recent PhD Completions

Kate Sewell (Realising Inclusion within Urban regeneration Policy and Practice: the role of diverse perceptions, experiences and expectations)
Prabin Shakya (Premarital sexual behaviour amongst adolescents in Nepal)
Patrick Broman (In Pursuit of the 'We': Analysing Demographic New Zealanders)
Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (Realising self-determination through tribal enumeration and localised data development)
Renee Shum (Geographies of Homelessness: a case study of The People's Project)
Jesse Whitehead (Are General Practitioner Services Spatially Equitable and Sustainable in the Waikato District Health Board Region)
Carole McMinn (Homeless Families of Hamilton: Exposing the Invisible Homeless of Hamilton and Their Journey to Sustained Tenancies Under a Housing First Approach.)

Research Associates


Dr Ominiyi Alimi  PhD in Economics; MMS in Economics, Waikato
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
Prof Jacques Poot Drs VU Amst, PhD Well MAE, retired Professor of Population Economics, NIDEA/ Emeritus Prof Te Ngira
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


AProf Per Axelsson MSocSc PhD Umeå, Researcher Cedar - Centre for Demography and Ageing, Umeå University
Dr Hayley Bennett MPH MBChB BHB Auck, Public Health Medicine Specialist consultancy work
Dr Sarah Berry BSc MSc Waik, PhD Virginia Tech, Senior Research Fellow, Auckland Uniservices Ltd
Dr John Bryant BA, BA(Hons) Cant PhD ANU, Statistics New Zealand
AProf John Campbell BA MA Cant, PhD Hawaii, formerly Geography Programme FASS
Prof Yves Charbit BA, MA Paris-Sorbonne, Dip Sciences Po, PhD Oxf, Doctorat d’Etat ès-Lettres Sorbonne
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
AProf Te Kani Kingi MA Waik, PGDipReoMāori Waiariki, PhD PGDipMaori Massey, AVC Maori and Pasifica Massey
Dr David Maré BA, BCom, MCom Auck PhD Harvard, Motu
Prof Philip Morrison MA Well PhD Toronto, Victoria University of Wellington
AProf Susan Morton FAFPHM, PhD GradDipPH LSHTM, BHB MBChB Auck, DipED Chch Teachers College, Director: Growing Up in NZ/Centre Longitudinal Research
Dr John Ryks 
BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD Waikato, Aria Research
Dr Lynda Sanderson
BA, BSc Cant BCA Well MPhil, PhD Waik, MBIE/MOTU
Dr Janet Sceats MSc, LSHTM, PhD Lond, Medical demographer
Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar PhD Waikato, NZ; MPhil. in Applied Economics JNU, New Delhi, India; M.A. in Psychology Kerala University, India; B.A. in Psychology Kerala University
AProf Victor Thompson BA UIUC, MA PhD SU, Director of Law and Justice Program Rider University