Please use this index to find out who is conducting refugee research in Aotearoa New Zealand.


The table below provides a directory of independent researchers and research groups within government agencies, organisations and community groups, and academic institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will also find links to other Aotearoa NZ research directories that include refugee-related research.

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Name

Organisation/Academic Institution

Area of focus

Perumal, Lavinia
Auckland District Health Board

Auckland Regional Public Health Service's Refugee Health Website
Auckland Regional Public Health Service
The refugee health website provides up-to-date information on health and wellbeing for refugees in New Zealand and internationally.
Bloom, Alia
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
ChangeMakers research is guided by the priorities of refugee-background communities. ChangeMakers conducts, coordinates, and supports research that informs refugee resettlement policy and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Research activities and findings are publicly available in this directory and on the ChangeMakers website.
The Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research - CACR
School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington
The CACR network includes more than 50 researchers across many disciplines. Research questions are developed from community concerns. Refugee-related research focuses on issues such as acculturation, intercultural relations, highlighting best practice, resettlement.
The Centre for Asian Health Research and Evaluation (CAHRE)
School of Population Health, The University of Auckland
Focus on current Asian Health issues. Research goals include providing research-based information to enhance the capacity of health services in delivering effective and culturally appropriate interventions.
Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research
Auckland University of Technology
Public health issues that can improve access to healthcare and promote good health among the Asian and migrant populations in New Zealand.
Centre for Refugee Education
Auckland University of Technology
Topics include community refugee resettlement, approaches to refugee-centred education, adaptation to New Zealand, cultural identity, community development, Special Needs and challenging behaviour, cultural and linguistic challenges, ongoing support for refugee children, Schools welcoming policies and practices for refugee students.
Centre for Social Research and Evaluation
Ministry for Social Development
Focus of research is strong families, healthy confident kids, safe communities and positive aging. Research is used to advise government on social policy and services to New Zealanders.
Chile, Love
Institute of Public Policy, Auckland University of Technology
Community development as community investment, cross cultural exchange and public policy, the Africa in New Zealand, refugee and migrant resettlement and refugee developments.
DeSouza, Ruth
Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research, Auckland University of Technology
Migrants and refugees and their incorporation and engagement in a bicultural society, mental health, migration and health, maternal mental health, culture and health, access to health, critical inquiry in nursing and health care.
Development and Globalisation Research Group
School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
Areas include refugees and identity in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Devere, Heather
School of Languages and Social Sciences, Auckland University of Technology
Peace and Conflict Studies, Ethics, Refugee resettlement, Women, politics, and the Media.
Education Counts
The Ministry of Education
A website dedicated to increasing the availability and accessibility of education information and statistics in New Zealand. Includes publications on educational issues among refugee and migrant communities.
Elliott, Sue
Independent
Community development, refugees, migrants, human rights
Gray, Alison
Gray Matter Research
Specialises in research, review, planning, and project management in social and community services. Alison Gray has conducted research on refugee resettlement in New Zealand.
Guerin, Bernard
School of Psychology, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Current research interests focus on the social effects of migration with particular interest in refugee communities, Māori migration, and diverse communities. Specific projects involve veiled Muslim women, bullying at schools, discrimination, a social model of mental health that can be used for indigenous and diverse communities, and effects of westernization.
Guerin, Pauline
The Migration Research Group , Population Studies Centre in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato
Somali refugee-background communities
Hagos, Rahwa
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
ChangeMakers research is guided by the priorities of refugee-background communities. ChangeMakers conducts, coordinates, and supports research that informs refugee resettlement policy and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Research activities and findings are publicly available in this directory and on the ChangeMakers website.
Hayward, Maria
Centre for refugee education, Auckland University of Technology
The provision of refugee on-arrival education worldwide, refugee resettlement issues, and refugee education.
Integration of Immigrants Programme
Massey University and the University of Waikato
Conceptual and methodological approaches, both quantitative and qualitative, to better understand the economic integration of immigrants into New Zealand society.
International Migration, Settlement, and Employment Dynamics - IMSED
Department of Labour
IMSED Research is responsible for the Department of Labour’s research on, and evaluation of, immigration and settlement issues facing New Zealand. It aims to better understand the resettlement and integration of people who arrive in New Zealand as refugees. This includes understanding of international resettlement policies, early resettlement experiences, and insight into long-term integration.
Kindon, Sara
School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
Young people, identity and place – especially within former refugee communities; development, feminist and Māori geographies; qualitative, participatory, feminist and Kaupapa Māori research methodologies.
Janson, Annick
Ecosynergy Group and Fast Track Inclusion Trust
Focus of research is resilient families, integration and access to Health and Disability services for disabled and older refugees. Narrative research using storytelling and Knowledge Translation methodologies to advise policy makers and professionals working in the field. Fellow of SPARKNZ, UNESCO Knowledge society and Associate, Centre for Applied Crosscultural Research. For more information, click here.
The Migration Research Group
Population Studies Centre in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato
Focuses on population movement in research programmes. Current projects include "Strangers in Town" and a range of Ministry and community-sponsored research programmes in Hamilton and the Bay of Plenty , as well as providing advice to the New Zealand Immigration Service on the development of the longitudinal survey of immigrants (LisNZ).
Mortensen, Annette
Northern DHB Support Agency (NDSA), The Auckland Regional Settlement Strategy, Migrant and Refugee Health Action Plan Project
Refugee health
Refugees as Survivors NZ Research Team
Refugees as Survivors New Zealand
Refugees as Survivors research team carries out ongoing evaluation of the clinical and community services of RAS. It also engages in original research, publication of books and resources, and contributions to the international literature in the refugee health field.
Sobrun-Maharaj, Amritha
The Centre for Asian Health Research and Evaluation
Social acceptance of migrants and refugees, acculturation, wellbeing and identity issues.
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui
National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development.
Te Pou is Aotearoa New Zealand's National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development. Mental health research conducted by Te Pou includes a focus on refugee-background communities.
Tse, Samson
Mental Health Development programme in the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland
Asian mental health, services accessibility issues and culturally appropriate interventions.
Refugee Services
Resources and links
Research papers includes S.K.I.P - Strategies with Kids - Information for Parents, Wellington Regional Action Plan for Refugee Health and Well-Being,
Refugee and Migrant Needs: an annotated bibliography of research and consultations,
Refugee Resettlement in New Zealand and Canada, The Inter-generational settlement of refugee children in New Zealand, Does a Rising Tide Lift All Boats?
Refugee Resettlement, Integration and New Zealand's Settlement Strategy,
Immigration chronology: selected events 1840-2008