Our People

NIDEA Directorate


Francis Collins

Professor of Geography, Director of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis

Tahu Kukutai


Polly Atatoa Carr

Associate Professor

Arama Rata

Senior Research Fellow, Population Studies Postgraduate Adviser

Yara Jarallah

Senior Lecturer in Population Studies, Undergraduate Advisor

Jonathan Kilgour

Research Fellow

Shefali Pawar

Senior Research Officer, Seminar Series Coordinator

Moana Rarere

Research Officer

Sheree Findon

Administrator - NIDEA

Renae Dixon

CaDDANZ Project Manager/Turning the Tide on Prison Violence Project Manager

Medical Research Centre Staff

Ross Lawrenson

Professor of Population Health, Medical Research Centre

Lynne Chepulis

Senior Research Fellow, Medical Research Centre

Chunhuan Lao

Senior Research Fellow

Tania Blackmore

Research Fellow

Shemana Cassim

Research Fellow

Gillian Hunn

Personal Assistant for Professor Ross Lawrenson

Emeritus Professors

Professor Richard Bedford

Professor Ian Pool

Professor Jacques Poot

Professor Dame Peggy Koopman-Boyden

Research Associates


Dr Lars Brabyn BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), PhD Cant, Geography Programme
Dr 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
Dr Naomi Simmonds BSocSc MSocSc PhD Waik, Lecturer, Geography and Environmental Planning Programme
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
Prof Iain White BA(Hons), Mtpl, MRTPI, PhD Manchester, Environmental Planning Programme


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 Lynda Sanderson BA, BSc Cant BCA Well MPhil, PhD Waik, MBIE/MOTU
Dr Janet Sceats MSc, LSHTM, PhD Lond, Medical demographer
AProf Victor Thompson BA UIUC, MA PhD SU, Director of Law and Justice Program Rider University

Current Doctoral Students

Omoniyi Alimi (Inequality Within and Between New Zealand Urban Areas)
Janet Amey (Rising Demand for Healthcare: the sustainability community general practice in the Waikato)
Patrick Broman (In Pursuit of the 'We': Analysing Demographic New Zealanders)
John Natua (Understanding Drivers towards better health and wellbeing for Cook Island Families in the Waikato and Midland Regions)
Tamati Pene (Improving Supportive care for women with Breast Cancer)
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)
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)
Jesse Whitehead (Are General Practitioner Services Spatially Equitable and Sustainable in the Waikato District Health Board Region)