Current Projects


Life When Renting: Enabling Older People's Independence in the Tenure Revolution, 2016-2019

Ageing Well - National Science Challenge

The project is being led by Kay Saville-Smith, CRESA, with the research team including Dr Bev James, Dr Jacqueline (Jackie) CummingDr Elsie Ho, Dr Robin Kearns, Dr Natalie Jackson, Dr Fiona Cram and Ruth Fraser.

Find out more about this research project at the Good Homes website.

Making the Architecture of Decision-Making Work for Better Homes, Towns and Cities, 2016-2019

Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities - National Science Challenge

This project is being facilitated by Professor Larry Murphy, University of Auckland, Kay Saville-Smith, CRESA, and Professor Iain White, University of Waikato. This research explores the roles of people and institutions in the decision-making that shapes our homes, towns and cities. Understanding this system of decision-making - the resource holders, the people/actors, and the regulatory agents (e.g., banks, councils) - will create opportunities to intervene for better outcomes.

The Māori case studies will look at the opportunities for and barriers to Māori housing and development aspirations. Find out more about these case studies here

Ngā Tau Tuangahuru - Māori and Pacific Education Initiative 10-year longitudinal evaluation, 2015-2025

Foundation North, in conjunction with the Centre for Social Impact

The Māori and Pacific Education Initiative (MPEI) was Foundation North's (previously the ASB Community Trust) flagship investment in community-based programmes and services to improve educational outcomes for Māori and Pacific children and young people. Overall these initiatives have been very successful in engaging students and their families in education, and facilitating students’ educational achievement. Students have caught up with and often surpassed the expectations of educational success set by national achievement standards.

This longitudinal study explores what happens to these students in the longer term, after they have stayed with an initiative for some time or moved on to other educational or employment opportunities. We ask whether the gains achieved by students will have a long-lasting impact upon their lives and the lives of those around them. The study is a collaborative endeavour with five of the MPEI initiatives - asking questions that are important to them, and building the capacity of community researchers through their involvement with the study. The first round of data collection will occur in 2017.

In late 2016 the study was given the name Nga Tau Tuangahuru, which translates to ‘looking beyond for ten more years’, by Foundation North Kaumatua Kevin Prime

Whānau Manaaki, 2016-2021

Health Research Council of New Zealand programme grant to the Women's Health Research Centre, University of Otago, Wellington

This project is being led by Dr Beverley Lawton, alongside Dr Stacie Gellar, Dr Fiona Cram and Dr Liza Edmonds. 

Whānau Manaaki is a Kaupapa Māori research programme that builds on our joint work and research findings to address Māori maternal-child health disparities. It puts the woman and her whānau at the centre and explores the health care delivery system and structural determinants of health (e.g. housing, racism, transport, income, education) that impact on the health and well being of Māori women and their babies. This will enable us to understand what needs ‘fixing’ to improve well-being for Māori whānau.

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