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Prior to academia I was a Registered Nurse for 16 years, both in New Zealand and overseas. I have held a number of senior clinical, leadership and advisory positions at the DHB and Ministry of Health levels. I continue to sit on the national board of the NZ Mental Health Foundation. It was my nursing background and time spent in developing countries, alongside my growing interest in the development industry and humanitarian space, which saw me move from nursing to Development Studies. In 2007 I completed a PhD in Development Studies with Massey University, and post-PhD my first academic position was with the School of Social Sciences at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
I value blue skies and applied research, seeing both to be necessary if we are to address the various complex issues facing the Globe, and if we are to have post-graduate students who are industry ready. I have two clear threads to my research platform. The first thread investigates the way sport is used in developing countries, and with Indigenous populations, to achieve social and economic goals and bring about social justice. The second thread relates to how scholars do research and this can be seen through my outputs on fieldwork, methodology and ethics. My work here has a particularly strong influence on developing post-graduate researchers.
My roles and responsibilities in more detail are:
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100): Anthropology of Development (160101): Demography (160300): Family and Household Studies (160301): Gender Specific Studies (169901): Migration (160303): Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Race and Ethnic Relations (160803): Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Maori Society (169904): Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies (169905)