NZPRI members, research associates and project advisors

NZPRI has a strong membership of over 70 research experts across four research groups. Together they produce research which is relevant to policy makers in business, government and the community.

NZPRI members are experts within AUT University with professional interests that align with the aims of the institute.

Adnan Khan

Angsana Techatassanasoontorn

Anne Messervy

Antonio Díaz Andrade

Barbara McKenzie-Green

Barbara Myers

Ben Kenobi

BeomCheol (Peter) Kim

Bill Cochrane

Candice Harris

Carol Neill

Charles Crothers

Claudio Aguayo

Coral Ingley

David Williamson

De Wet van der Westhuizen

Eleanor Holroyd

Erica Hinckson

Felicity Lamm

Fiona Hurd

Gail Pacheco

Gaye Greenwood

Gayle Morris

Gemma Piercy

Guillermo Merelo Alcocer

Harminder Singh

Helena Cooper-Thomas

Karen Lo

Katherine Ravenswood

Kirk Reed

Lydia Cheung

Marcus Ho

Marjo Lips-Wiersma

Mark Le Fevre

Michael Fletcher

Muhammad Asif Naeem

Nancy McIntyre

Nick Drake

Nicola Naismith

Paul Woodfield

Paweena Wanchai

Peer Skov

Peter McGhee

Rachel Morrison

Rebecca Jarden

Rahul Sen

Ross Milne

Roy Smollan

Sean Kimpton

Sigrid Norris

Smita Singh

Sue Yong

Stephanie Rossouw

Tago Mharapara

Tim Maloney

Trish Corner

Valerie Wright-St Clair

Wendy Wrapson


The advisory process is incorporated in all of our projects. Advisory project members comprise key leaders from government, business and the community. These members contribute informed comment on our activities and assist in ensuring NZPRI is undertaking research that is relevant to our stakeholders and well informed. Two examples of such project advisors are listed as follows:

Disparities in Healthcare Access

Ethnic differences in the uptake of healthcare services: A Microanalysis

This project uses Growing Up in New Zealand data and aims to quantify the contribution of different factors (accessibility, mobility, socio-economic, parental and child characteristics) to ethnic gaps in healthcare service uptake. The key goal is to provide potential policy drivers to assist in closing these gaps.

  • Ministry of Health
  • Oranga Tamariki – Research and Evaluation
  • The Immunisation Advisory Centre;
  • Waikato DHB
  • Auckland Regional Dental Service
  • Alliance Health Plus PHO, and
  • Manaia Health PHO.

Low Literacy and Numeracy

The expression, experience and transcendence of low skills in Aotearoa New Zealand

Using a range of empirical methods with PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) data, as well as administrative data in the IDI (Integrated Data Infrastructure), this research programme will build a detailed, population-wide picture of those with low literacy and/or numeracy skills.

  • Ministry of Education
  • Literacy Aotearoa
  • Business NZ
  • NZ Council of Trade Unions
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • AKO Aotearoa
  • Te Puni Kokiri
  • Ministry of Pacific Peoples
  • Tertiary Education Commission, and
  • NZ Council for Educational Research.


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