Staff

Professor Jacques Poot

Jacques Poot is Professor of Population Economics at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), University of Waikato - since 2004. He received his bachelor and master's degrees in econometrics from VU University Amsterdam and a doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington. He was employed in various academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington between 1979 and 2003 and was also Foreign Professor at the University of Tsukuba in Japan (1994-97 and 2002) Professor Poot's research interests include all aspects of the economics of population (such as migration, fertility, labour force, and ageing), especially with a spatial focus on these topics. He is the Principal Investigator of the CaDDANZ team. He has previously co-led large scale projects in New Zealand and in Europe on immigrant integration and impacts, migration and regional disparities, and on regional population change and socio-economic consequences. He is an elected Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International, the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. In 2013 Professor Poot was the recipient of the NZIER Economics Award.

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. He has been project leader for the MBIE-funded Integration of Immigrants Programme and Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi, which looked at the future shape (demographic, economic) of New Zealand. He is the author or editor of 25 books on topics such as ethnic relations and identity, political extremism and employment.

Associate Professor Robin Peace

Associate Professor Robin Peace is affiliated with the Politics programme in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University. She coordinates and teaches the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation at the Wellington Campus. Her research is in the areas of social exclusion/cohesion and social policy evaluation. She has five years recent experience in the Ministry of Social Development as a principal analyst and an academic background in social and cultural geography.

Professor Tahu Kukutai

Professor Tahu Kukutai (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Aupōuri) specialises in Māori and Indigenous demographic research at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis. She has written extensively on issues of Māori population change, identity, and inequality and has worked on a wide range of demographic projects for hapū, iwi and Māori communities. She currently leads a major project on global practises of ethnic counting and classification, and is part of a research team, funded by the Swedish Research Council, that is investigating the impacts of colonisation on Indigenous population health in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. Tahu is Vice President of the Population Association of New Zealand and is on the management directorate of the Aging Well National Science Challenge. She has degrees in history and demography from the University of Waikato and a PhD in sociology from Stanford University. 

Associate Professor Malakai Koloamatangi

Associate Professor Malakai Koloamatangi was born in Tonga but he grew up in Auckland.  He obtained his undergraduate degree at Auckland University as well as his MA and PhD.  His thesis was entitled Constitutionalism, Culture and Democracy:  Tongan Politics Between 1991 and 1996His research interests include democratisation, democratic theory and practice, international political economy, Pacific politics and economic development and the universality of ideas.  For the past decade he was Director of the Office for Pacific Excellence, and Acting director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury. In April 2013 Associate Professor Koloamatangi was made the Director of the Pasifika Directorate of Massey University’s three campuses.  He is a specialist in Pacific politics and political economy.  He is also Co-Director of the Pacific Research and Policy Centre. He has published in the area of democratisation, particularly in developing regions and the Pacific. To assist the political reform process in Tonga, he wrote the Fakahalafononga ki he Temokalati booklet which was released in 2009 in time for the 2010 general election. He continues to provide regular comments to media in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

Adjunct Professor Natalie Jackson

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Natalie Jackson is an Adjunct Professor in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University. She holds a PhD in Demography and Social Anthropology from the Australian National University and Bachelor and Master of Social Science Degrees in Demography and Social Anthropology from the University of Waikato. Natalies's primary expertise is on the subnational ending of population growth, the underlying demographic drivers of this trend, and its consequences for all leverls of government, labour market, welfare state, education and health care policy, and business in general. Her related research fields are industrial and labour market demography, the demography of subpopulations such as ethnic groups, and the demography of inequality.

Adjunct Professor Dave Maré

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Dave Maré is a Senior Fellow at Motu Research and an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato, where he is an affiliate of the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA). His research interests are in the areas of empirical spatial and labour economics, looking at issues of migration, labour market dynamics, and the economic performance of cities.

Associate Professor Michael Cameron

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Dr Michael Cameron is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, a research associate of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato, and a research associate at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra. His current research interests include population, health and development issues (including the social impacts of liquor outlet density, the economics of communicable diseases especially HIV/AIDS, health applications of non-market valuation, and health and development project monitoring and evaluation), population modelling and stochastic modelling, financial literacy and economics education.

Dr Lars Brabyn

Dr Lars Brabyn is a Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Waikato, a research associate of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), and a research associate of the Environmental Research Institute. His research interests are in the application of spatial modelling and analysis to address social and environmental issues. This has included using network analysis to assess the accessibility of health services to population centres throughout NZ, developing internet mapping sites to graphically visualise spatial data for public use, the use of satellite images to monitor economic activity and environmental impacts, and the use of public participatory GIS to capture landscape values.

Dr Jessica Terruhn

Dr Jessica Terruhn is a Senior Research Officer on the CaDDANZ project. She has obtained undergraduate and MA degrees from Free University Berlin and a PhD in sociology from the University of Auckland. Her research interests broadly cover the sociology of race and ethnicity, with particular emphasis on settler colonialism, whiteness, institutional racism, and migration and multiculturalism.

Dr Arama Rata

Dr Arama Rata is of Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki, and Ngāruahine descent. After completing a PhD in Psychology, she lectured in Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Rata is now a researcher at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA). Her current research projects include: Māori attitudes towards immigration; Māori political participation; Indigenous survivorship; Māori experiences of hospital transfers; as well as iwi consultancies. Dr Rata is also the Māori spokesperson for MARRC (Migrants and Refugee Rights Campaign).

Dr Trudie Cain

Dr Trudie Cain is a sociologist at Massey University where she teaches courses on identity and belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand. After completing her PhD at Massey, she worked as Research Manager of two MBIE-funded programmes of research: the Integration of Immigrants Programme, and later, Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi. She also spent two years working as a Social Researcher at Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) before returning to Massey University. Her research interests include gendered, sized and migrant identities; qualitative research methodologies and ethics; and the materiality of everyday lives.