Fiona Cram, PhD

Ko Mohaka te awa. Ko Tawhirirangi te maunga. Ko Ngāti Pāhauwera te iwi.

Fiona Cram is a Māori (indigenous) woman from Aotearoa New Zealand. Her tribal affiliations are to Ngāti Pahauwera on the east coast of Aotearoa. Fiona is the mother of one son.

Fiona has a PhD in social and developmental psychology from the University of Otago. She has lectured in Social Psychology and has also been a Senior Research Fellow within IRI (the International Research Institute of Māori and Indigenous Education), at the University of Auckland. In the middle of 2003 Fiona established Katoa Ltd.

Fiona’s research interests are wide-ranging including Māori health, justice, and education. The over-riding theme of Fiona's work is Kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori). This includes supporting community researchers to undertake research that is by, for and with their community (e.g., Poipoia te Kākano, Kia Puāwai - community research on housing and home).

Fiona is Chair of the Family Violence Death Review Committee, Te Tahū Hauora - Health Quality and Safety Commission, and Co-Chair of EvalIndigenous, the global Indigenous evaluation network of EvalPartners.

Up until the end of 2023, Fiona was the Editor-in-Chief of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) new evaluation journal, Evaluation Matters - He Take Tō Te Aromatawai, published by the NZCER

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Fiona & Serge Eric, Co-Chairs, EvalIndigenous

Fiona signs the Manila Declaration