NZEC Membership

Diana Fergusson is the Research and Innovation Manager at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT). She was formerly the Head of School of Nursing and Health at WITT for ten years. Diana is a Registered Nurse and her research interests are in undergraduate nursing education and graduate work readiness. Currently a Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) candidate at AUT, she is working to achieve a New Zealand wide consensus on the elements of work readiness of new graduate nurses. Diana has been on the WITT Research Committee for eight years including two years as Chair.

Keely Blanch is a PhD candidate at the University of Otago College of Education exploring young people’s understandings of digital citizenship. Her research interests include the role of digital technologies in education, social media, and youth identities. Keely has taught in Education Studies and has lectured on the intersection of family resources, culture, and education outcomes at the University of Otago College of Education. She has been involved in research projects utilising Facebook as a methodological tool, and is interested in the ethics of online research.

David Cooke: PhD (Essex), writer and editor.   He is Senior Scholar, York University, Toronto and tertiary education spokesperson for QPEC, the Quality Public Education Coalition.   Formerly Chair of the Unitec Research Ethics Committee, he was previously Associate-Professor of Education and English at York University, and academic staff at VUW and Unitec NZ. He is co-editor of Beyond the free market: Rebuilding a just society in New Zealand (Dunmore).

Christina Ergler is a lecturer in Social Geography at The University of Otago. Her research interests are at the intersection of geography, sociology and public health and centre on how physical, social and symbolic environments shape and are shaped by the way people play, live, age fall ill and recover in particular places. For example, Christina has examined access barriers and entitlements to health care among the urban poor in Chennai as well as inequalities in experiencing and utilising neighbourhoods from the perspective of (migrant) families in Auckland. Through this work she became interested in developing methodological approaches that acknowledge children’s expertise or what she calls “moving beyond passive participation”. She has published numerous theoretical and methodological pieces to alert stakeholders and communities to the socio-spatial, structural and experiential dimensions of people’s health and wellbeing in transforming urban environments. Christina is  a member of the editorial team for the journal ‘Geography Compass’ and serves as New Zealand representative for the Young Commission on Health and Environment as part of the International Geographical Union Commission on Health and Environment (IGU CHE).

Paul Flanagan is a senior lecturer in Counsellor Education at the University of Waikato.  He has studied theology, psychology, counselling and supervision, and is currently working on his doctorate – a discourse analysis of adult constructions on sex/gender/sexuality for children in Aotearoa New Zealand. His area of expertise is working with children and families around the effects of family violence, sexual abuse and child sexuality.  He has served on ethics committees since 2002, was chair of the Northern Y Regional Health and Disability Ethics committee (2004-2009) and a member of the University of Waikato’s Human Research Ethics Committee (2009-2016).

Lily George: After 20 years at Massey University, Dr Lily George (Ngapuhi nui tonu) is now Research & Innovation Manager at the Western Institute of Technology Taranaki. Her research interests are in Maori health and development, indigenous incarceration and suicide prevention, specialising in community-based research practices. Trained as a social anthropologist, Lily keenly supports the continued development of indigenous anthropology. She served on Massey University’s human ethics committee (northern) prior to joining the NZEC. Ethics in relation to indigenous research is a strong interest for Lily, as she sees this as an area of special significance for all researchers.

Helen Gremillion is Associate Professor of Social Practice at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Her research and teaching interests include gender studies, narrative therapy, constructionist theories of the body and of sexualities, the workings of research ethics committees, consumer culture, and medical anthropology. She is currently Research Professional Development Liaison at Unitec’s Research and Enterprise Office. She served for six years as a member of Unitec’s Research Ethics Committee.

Trevor James: PhD (London).  Trevor is Dean of Dunedin and of the (Anglican) Cathedral of St Paul, Dunedin.  Trevor has been a priest for 40 years and his expertise is as a theologian and educator.  In that capacity he has been responsible for providing ethical advice when required by the church or community.

Anet Kate is a Barrister (LLB Hons, Auckland), Mediator (MCR, La Trobe, Melbourne) and Researcher at AUT University, Auckland. She is also a LEADR member (Advanced Mediation Panel) and AMINZ (Associate & Mediation Panel) member. A former Refugee Co-Group Member of Amnesty International (2000-2004), Anet’s most recent research is on NZ’s new Family Dispute Resolution: Out of Court Parenting Mediation, and how refugees and new migrants engage with conflict resolution in New Zealand.

Lindsey Te Ata o Tu MacDonald (Ngai Tahu) lectures in political theory at the University of Canterbury. Lindsey previously worked in the Maori Department at the University (2003-2007), Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development) 1996-7, and the State Services Commission from 1998-2001. He has been a member of the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee since 2008 and was chair 2012-16.  He is registered claimant for the WAI2575 claim on contemporary disparities in Maori Health.  Lindsey is the chairperson of the New Zealand Ethics Committee.

Jay Marlowe: PhD (Flinders) Jay is an associate professor within the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland.  As a social worker and former visiting fellow with the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, he has experience working with refugee communities as a practitioner and researcher.  He has published more than 60 papers in relation to identity, critical engagements with trauma, masculinities and research methodologies with refugee populations.  He is currently leading research projects related to refugee settlement and disaster risk reduction and the implications of social media and transnational ties for resettled refugees. He was an ethics advisor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work between 2011-2015.

Miriama Postlethwaite is of Tūhoe descent. She is lecturing in Teacher Education at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her doctoral research focussed on motivation in higher education with an emphasis on Māori learners and Matauranga Māori (Māori worldview teaching and learning). She was formerly a member of the Unitec Research Ethics Committee.

Barry Smith, QSM, PhD (Essex). Of Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu descent, Barry Smith is a Population Health Analyst in the Strategy, Planning and Funding Division of the Lakes District Health Board in Rotorua and has been a contract analyst to the Ministry of Health. He has a background in sociology, statistics and music and research interests in health disparities, Maori ethical frameworks and ethics review processes.  A Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund grant culminated in the book with Martin Tolich entitled The Politicisation of Ethics Review in New Zealand (Dunmore, 2015). He is a grant reviewer for the Health Research Council and a member of the Health Research Council and the National Heart Foundation of NZ science assessing committees. Barry has been chair of  the Health Research Council Ethics Committee and currently leads the Lakes DHB Research and Ethics and Clinical Ethics Committees, the MSD Interim Ethics Committee and the Maori Reference Group on Gene Editing for the Royal Society. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART), the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank Governance Advisory Board and the Podiatrists Board of NZ.

Catherine Smith is a lecturer with the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago. Her research interests are in the areas of disability, long-term health conditions, exercise and physical activity. More recently she has focused on dog-walking as a health and wellbeing facilitator for adults (healthy and with long-term health conditions). This work has resulted in a co-authored book chapter on ethical considerations of therapeutic human-animal interaction research. Catherine is Chair of the School of Physiotherapy ethics committee that oversees University of Otago Human Ethics Committee category B applications.

Martin Tolich: PhD (University of California, Davis)    Between 2004 and 2008 Martin was the inaugural chair of the Multiregion Health and Disability Ethics Committee based in Wellington.  Along with Paul Flanagan and Trevor James he saw a need for an ethics review committee that served non-university and non-health researchers.  He has written a number of books on research methodologies and their ethical consideration.  His most recent books are Planning Ethically Responsible Research (Sage), the Politicisation Ethics Review in New Zealand (Dunmore), Qualitative Ethics in Practice (Left Coast Press), Sage Handbook on Qualitative Research Ethics, Social Science Research in New Zealand and Public Sociology Capstones: Non-neoliberal alternatives to internships.  Martin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Otago University.

Emma Tumilty is Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Ethics) at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston and an Assistant Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice and Rural Health at the University of Otago. She was previously a member of an institutional ethics committee (Vice-Chair, Otago Polytechnic Research Ethics Committee) and volunteered for the initiative – an open access repository of exemplary ethics applications. Her expertise are in research ethics, health service research, and public/patient involvement activities.

Judith Turner is a Masters Candidate at the University of Otago focusing on the application of Pākehā paralysis in the education sector. She is currently the Head of the Social Sciences Department at St. Hilda’s Collegiate and a curriculum lecturer in the Master of Teaching and Learning program at the University of Otago College of Education. Judith has been a secondary educator for over 16 years.

With thanks to the former members:

Ria Schroder (PhD) completed her PhD at the University of Canterbury in 2004 and since that time has been actively engaged in research and evaluation in both academic and community settings through her employment as a Research Fellow at the University of Otago’s National Addiction Centre and the Research and Evaluation Manager for the Collaborative Trust for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development (The Collaborative Trust).  Ria has a particular interest in youth substance use and addiction, food addiction and obesity treatment and positive youth development. Ria is primarily a qualitative researcher but also has some experience doing quantitative research.

Sarah McKay is a researcher and evaluator working in the community sector. She has her own business specialising in youth health research and evaluation. She has been involved in projects such as the evaluation of programmes that work with youth people and evaluating community development projects. Sarah is a committee member for The Collaborative for Youth Health Research and Development. She is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation Research.