Dr Shemana Cassim

Research Fellow

Qualifications: BSc (Melbourne, Aus); MAppPsyc(Comm); PhD (Waikato)

Research Interests

Shemana has an interest in the cultural, social and community factors involved in health and illness, and how cultural, historical and social contexts, inter-group relations and societal structures influence the health of migrant and/or indigenous groups. In 2017, Shemana completed her PhD exploring how Sri Lankan migrants in New Zealand negotiate processes of settlement and adaptation in their new home in ways that can enhance their sense of belonging and thus their overall well-being. Key issues considered include, collective identity maintenance, places of belonging, and the importance of food-related practices in maintaining cultural links and facilitating social networks in migrants’ everyday lives.

Currently, Shemana is part of a HRC funded project exploring barriers to early diagnosis and treatment of Lung Cancer among Māori and rural communities.

About Me

Dr Cassim has a background in Social Psychology. While her intellectual roots are located in general social, health and indigenous psychologies, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to health research.

Recent Publications

  • Cassim, G. S. (2018). Migrants straddling the here and there: Explorations of habitus and hybrid identities among Sri Lankan migrants in New Zealand. In Global Migrations Conference. Conference held at University of Otago, Dunedin.

  • Cassim, G. S. (2018). Intercultural psychology: A case from Sri Lanka. In W. W. Li, D. Hodgetts, & K. H. Foo (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology (pp. 18 pages). New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Cassim, S. (2017). Oceans away: Sri Lankan migrants in New Zealand: Explorations of hybrid identities, distance & everyday material practices. (PhD Thesis, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand). Retrieved from

  • Cassim, S. (2016). Oceans away: Sr Lankan migration, distance, material practice & hybrid identitites. In Pathways, Circuits and Crossroads 2016 Conference: From global to local: Impacts of international migration, mobility and diversity. Conference held at Wellington, New Zealand.

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Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Cassim, Dr Shemana 4989 cassim K.3.22 Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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