Dr Jessica Terruhn

Research Fellow

Qualifications: MA (Free University Berlin, Germany), PhD (University of Auckland)

Research Interests

Jessica Terruhn is a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA). After completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Auckland, she worked as a Senior Research Officer on the CaDDANZ research programme at Massey University. Her research expertise lies at the intersections of urban studies and racism, migration and settler colonialism. Her most recent research has focused on the formal and informal management of difference and the spatial reproduction of inequalities. She is also co-convener of the Aotearoa Migration Research Network (AMRN).


Racism; Whiteness, Settler Colonial Studies; Migration; Diversity; Urban Inequalities

Recent Publications

  • Terruhn, J., & Ye, J. (2021). Encountering neighbors: coexisting with difference in Auckland’s Avondale. Urban Geography. doi:10.1080/02723638.2021.1883922

  • Kent, V., McTaggart, S., Terruhn, J., & Spoonley, P. (2021). New Zealand Workplace Diversity Survey, 2021 Annual Report. Auckland: DiversityWorks NZ. Retrieved from

  • Stone, G., Collins, F., Praat, A., Terruhn, J., & Peace, R. (2021). Population diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand: Insights from the CaDDANZ research programme. Hamilton, New Zealand: CaDDANZ. Retrieved from

  • Terruhn, J., & Spoonley, P. (2020). Multilingual realities/monolingual ideologies: Connecting the dots between schools’ language practices and international student well-being. Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, 4(2), 183-201. doi:10.1386/tjtm_00021_1

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