NZEC Membership

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).

Dr 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).

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 and Supervision Professional Development Facilitator 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.

Elizabeth Liddell is a Professional Practice fellow on the staff of Sociology, Gender and Social Work at the University of Otago.   Her responsibilities include tutoring on campus and distance students enrolled in the professional social work programme (BSW).  Liz is a Registered Social Worker with a wealth of experience in professional social work practice.

Lindsey Macdonald joined the political science programme at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2008. Lindsey previously lectured for the indigenous studies programme at Canterbury (2003-7), and the political science programme at Auckland University (2003). Before returning to university, Lindsey worked at Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development) 1996-7, and at the State Services Commission from 1998-2001. Since 2001 he has consulted to various government departments on issues ranging from Machinery of Government issues to the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for government policy.  He is also the registered contact for the Wai2237 claim on contemporary disparities in Maori Health.

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 45 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 is currently an ethics advisor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Sarah McKay is a qualitative researcher, focusing on community based research and evaluation for community organizations. She has her own business specialising in youth health research and evaluation. She has been involved in projects such as investigation into the health needs of young people in CYF youth justice care and an evaluation of an adventure therapy programme with young offenders. Sarah is a committee member for The Collaborative for Youth Health Research and Development. She also lectures for Praxis, a Christchurch youth work course, on community based research and social issues.

John Paterson: PhD (British Columbia). John started off as a lecturer in Human Geography but is now a senior lecturer in Social Science Research at the University of Waikato. He was Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Waikato from 2006 to 2011. He teaches social research methods, including research ethics, to undergraduate and graduate students. His own research has involved fieldwork on farmers’ organisations in Canada, qualitative interviewing of rural smallholders in NZ, and the administration of ethical approval for social research in university contexts.

Miriama Postlethwaite is of Tūhoe descent, an iwi that is located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. She recently submitted her Doctorate for examination from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her research focus includes motivation in higher education with an emphasis on Maori learners and Matauranga Māori (Māori worldview teaching and learning). She was formerly a member of the Unitec Research Ethics Committee. She is currently teaching undergraduate studies in teacher education.

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.

Barry Smith, QSM, PhD (Essex). Of Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu descent, Barry Smith is a Population Health Analyst in the Planning and Funding Division of the Lakes District Health Board in Rotorua and a contract analyst to the Ministry of Health. With a background in sociology and statistics, his has research interests in health disparities, Maori ethical frameworks and ethics review processes.  A recent 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 chairs the Health Research Council Ethics Committee and leads the Lakes DHB Research and Ethics and Clinical Ethics Committees. He has chaired the Bay of Plenty Regional Ethics and the Multi-region Ethics Committees. 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.

Martin Tolich: PhD (University of California, Davis)    Between 2004 and 2008 he was the inaugural chair of the Multi region health and disability ethics committee based in Wellington.  He has written five 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) and Qualitative Ethics in Practice (Left Coast Press).

Emma Tumilty: is a PhD Candidate (Bioethics) 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 www.tear.otago.ac.nz initiative – an open access repository of exemplary ethics applications.