Research Members

 

Associate Professor Susanna Trnka
Anthropology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
The hub’s team leader, is a social and medical anthropologist with expertise in the politics of health, embodiment, and subjectivity. Her work on Covid-19 focuses on NZ state-citizen relations, public understandings of proximity and contagion, the social dynamics of ‘bubbles,’ and youth mental health.

 


Other Members:

Ms. Miriama Aoake (Ngāti Raukawa,Ngāti Mahuta,Tainui)
MA Student, Anthropology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Miriama is currently conducting MA research in Social Anthropology under the supervision of Hub Team Leader, Assoc. Prof. Susanna Trnka and Prof. Tracey McIntosh. Ms. Aoake’s project, “Pandemaurium: Māori Responses to State Management of a Pandemic” is an examination of Māori perspectives on and debates over the government’s handling of Covid-19.

 

 

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Dr. Maria Armoudian
Senior Lecturer, Politics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Armoudian provides perspective from communications, in particular, research on misinformation surrounding Covid-19. Will also engage in linking the activities of the hub to BigQ/Public Interest media.

 

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Dr. Ann Bartos
Senior Lecturer, Environment (Faculty of Science), The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Bartos provides perspectives from feminist political geography, with a research focus on how Covid-19 is impacting on gender and care-giving relations, so that care, in many cases, creates conflict rather than healing, equity or collegiality.

 

Dr. Heather Battles
Lecturer, Anthropology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Biological anthropologist with expertise in infectious disease; history of epidemics; historical demography; and historical epidemiology, including research on the social history and mortality patterns in the epidemic emergence of poliomyelitis in the early 20th century (Canada and New
Zealand), most recently in terms of the relationship between the First World War and New Zealand’s 1916 polio epidemic and its aftermath.

 

Dr Alecia Bland
Professional Teaching Fellow, Classics and Ancient History, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Bland provides a a historical perspective on Covid- 19, with research focusing on pandemics in relation to leadership in Greece and Rome.

 

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Prof.Linda Bryder
Professor, History, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Prof. Bryder is a specialist on social history of health and medicine, with a particular emphasis on twentieth-century Britain and New Zealand. This includes research on past pandemics, namely influenza and tuberculosis.

 

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Dr. Louisa Buckingham
Senior Lecturer, Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
As part of this project, Dr. Buckingham and her MA Student Yuanyuan Xu are investigating issues experienced by a private language school in Auckland when shifting during lockdown from face to face teaching to a fully online course.

 

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Dr. Andrew Chen
Research Fellow, Koi Tū: Center for Informed Futures, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
With respect to Covid-19, Dr. Chen focuses on research with respect to Covid-19. This research focuses on digital contact tracing in Aotearoa and overseas, data privacy and ethics, and monitoring public policy interventions around the world.

 

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Prof. Tim Dare
Professor, Philosophy, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Prof. Dare is providing a perspective on the ethical and legal issues raised by digital responses to Covid-19 (e.g, digital contact tracing and disease modelling) and the ethics of immunisation development and use.

 

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Dr. Laura Greaves (Ngāti Kuri, Ngāpuhi)
Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Greaves focuses on her expertise in New Zealand Politics, Māori Politics and Public Policy, engaged in survey research on political attitudes and well-being during Covid-19.

 

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Dr. Jesse Grayman
Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Grayman is a medical anthropologist and epidemiologist. He currently leads a small MBIE-funded project titled ‘The Role of Faith-Based Institutions in Auckland’s Disaster Resilience During and After Covid-19. Jesse liaises with the ‘Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Healthy Societies’ research hub in the Faculty of Arts, and coordinates the Pandemics Hub reading group.

 

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Dr. Pauline Herbst
Research Fellow, Social Sciences, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Herbst specializes in medical anthropology. She is currently examining the intersection of environmental health and individual experiences as well as perceptions of illness, health and well-being, including the impact of Covid-19 on families of children with metabolic disorders.

 

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Dr. Phyllis Herda
Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Herda specializes on the 1918 influenza pandemic, in particular its impact on the Pacific.

 

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Dr. Karen Huang
Senior Lecturer, Chinese, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Huang specializes on research focusing on the pandemic-prevention discourses in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

 

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Associate Professor Stephen Hoadley
Politics and International Relations, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
A/P Hoadley’s research focuses on the geopolitical consequences of pandemics (Covid-19 and previous pandemics), and their impacts on international security, trade, human rights, and the US-China rivalry.

 

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Associate Professor Louise Humpage
Sociology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Associate Professor Louise Humpage’s research focuses on the experiences of main benefit recipients and the newly jobless in light of Covid-19. Details for participation on a new survey led by A/P Humpage can be found here.

 

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Prof. Bernadette Luciano
Professor and Head of School, School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Prof. Luciano is contributing a perspective from the arts, anchored in ongoing research on identity, gender, migration, and trans-nationalism as represented in Italian cinema and literature.

Dr. Rochelle Lee Menzies (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāti Kahungunu)
Research Fellow, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures
Dr. Menzies is a Postdoctoral fellow and the Koi Tū representative on the hub. Her expertise lies in Kaupapa Māori research and health research and she is examining Māori perspectives on pandemics. Her area of interest around pandemic research relates to Māori impacts, responses, preparedness and knowledge around pandemics and similar crises.

 

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Associate Professor Gregory Minissale 
Art History, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
A/P Minissale is interested in multi-cultural approaches to stress management. He led a research team that established that landscape artworks lower physiological stress markers. These artworks should mitigate feelings of claustrophobia and social isolation that are particularly damaging to mental health in lockdown situations.

 

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Prof. Tim Mulgan
Philosophy, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Prof. Mulgan’s research expertise lies in moral philosophy and ethics, in particular our obligations to future people, in relation to Covid-19.

 

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Dr. Ellen Nakamura
Senior Lecturer, Japanese, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Namakura is a historian interested in the social history of doctors and early modern Japanese health, currently working (with Laura Moretti at the University of Cambridge) on an examination of pandemics in early modern Japan.

 

Ms. Elke Nash
Professional Teaching Fellow, Classics and Ancient History, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ms. Nash is studying Covid-19 through the lens of Greek antiquity, with research focusing on the notion of ‘the essential’ for individuals and communities.

 

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Prof. Andreas Neef
Professor, Development Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Prof. Neef conducts research on how pandemics influence global/regional migration patterns and how pandemics intersect with other drivers/inhibitors of migration, such as climate change. Together with Dr Jesse Hession Grayman, he examines the role of faith-based institutions in Auckland’s disaster resilience during and after Covid-19. He also supervises postgraduate research into the experiences of international students at the University of Auckland during Covid-19.

 

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Dr. Nicole Perry
Senior Lecturer, School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Perry’s research expertise focuses on German colonies in the South Pacific. She is working on a comparative project examining how the Spanish Influenza of 1918 was written about and transmitted in German travel writing and diaries in 1918 with how Covid- 19 is represented in blogs and other new media.

 

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Dr. Justin Pigot
Professional Teaching Fellow, Classics and Ancient History, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Pigot’s research expertise is focused on later Roman and early Byzantine history and religion. Currently providing a historical perspective on the global reaction to Covid-19, through comparison with popular conceptualizations of the First Plague Pandemic (Justinianic Plague 541–9).

 

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Associate Professor Walescka Pino-Ojeda
School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics/New Zealand Center for Latin American Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
A/P Pino-Ojeda is the representative from New Zealand Center for Latin American Studies. She is researching the role of neoliberalism in Latin America (with a focus on Chile) and how this has affected models of leadership and accessibility to social services and primary resources, (e.g. water).

 

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Mr. Stefano Riela
Research Fellow, European Institute, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Mr. Riela examines if and how Covid-19 has strengthened solidarity among EU countries with a focus on intra-EU trade for health-related goods, EU budget and other tools (eg. revised ESM), ECB policy.

 

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Professor Lisa Samuels
Professor, English and Drama, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Prof. Samuel is working on the interstices of creative actions and critical approaches to political identities, alterities and feeling bodies, imagined and enacted forms of permission and resistance, during states of emergency.

 

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Associate Professor Marek Tesar
Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
A/P Tesar’s research expertise focuses on children’s agency and lived experience, research focus on children’s perceptions of Covid-19.

 

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Ms. Anthonia Ginika Uzoigwe
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ms. Uzoigwe is examining the impact of Covid-19 in New Zealand on disadvantaged groups, such as
students, in terms of food insecurity and inequities in healthy eating.

 

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Dr. Danping Wang
Senior Lecturer, Chinese, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Wang research expertise focuses on emergency curriculum construction and pandemic pedagogy innovation in language teaching and learning.

Ms Xiaolu Wang
Doctoral Candidate, Film/Tv and Media, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Wang’s research expertise focuses on gender and subjectivity in China, with current research on Chinese media representations of women’s responses to Covid-19.

 

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Dr. Chris Wilson
Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Wilson examines the response of New Zealand’s far right to Covid-19, focusing on pandemic-related conspiracies and tensions and right-wing radicalization.

 

Ms Nova Wood
Doctoral Candidate, Humanities, Ancient History and Classics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ms. Wood is contributing to the historical perspectives on leadership ideology and leadership responses to crises. She will also be overseeing the digital outreach for the hub.

 

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Dr Bingjuan Xiong
Lecturer, Media and Communications, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Xiong is a specialist on citizenship and state-people relationships in Chinese public discourse. With respect to Covid-19, she is working on how government official discourses (both in China and NZ) of the pandemic intersects with nationalism and gender, as well as exploring effective communication strategies for communicating with the public about the pandemic.