NZWRI members, research associates and project advisors
NZWRI has a strong membership of over 70 research experts across five research groups. Together they produce research which is relevant to policy makers in business, government and the community.
NZWRI members are experts within AUT University with professional interests that align with the aims the institute. The following list shows NZWRI members and their associated research group.
De Wet van der Westhuizen
Guillermo Merelo Alcocer
Mark Le Fevre
Muhammad Asif Naeem
Valerie Wright-St Clair
Our research associates are external experts with professional interests that align with the aims of the institute. The following list shows the research associates and their research area(s) of interest.
The advisory process is incorporated in all of our projects. Advisory project members comprise key leaders from government, business and the community. These members contribute informed comment on our activities and assist in ensuring NZWRI is undertaking research that is relevant to our stakeholders and well informed. Two examples of such project advisors are listed as follows:
Disparities in Healthcare Access
Ethnic differences in the uptake of healthcare services: A Microanalysis
This project uses Growing Up in New Zealand data and aims to quantify the contribution of different factors (accessibility, mobility, socio-economic, parental and child characteristics) to ethnic gaps in healthcare service uptake. The key goal is to provide potential policy drivers to assist in closing these gaps.
- Ministry of Health
- Oranga Tamariki – Research and Evaluation
- The Immunisation Advisory Centre;
- Waikato DHB
- Auckland Regional Dental Service
- Alliance Health Plus PHO, and
- Manaia Health PHO.
Low Literacy and Numeracy
The expression, experience and transcendence of low skills in Aotearoa New Zealand
Using a range of empirical methods with PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) data, as well as administrative data in the IDI (Integrated Data Infrastructure), this research programme will build a detailed, population-wide picture of those with low literacy and/or numeracy skills.
- Ministry of Education
- Literacy Aotearoa
- Business NZ
- NZ Council of Trade Unions
- Ministry of Social Development
- AKO Aotearoa
- Te Puni Kokiri
- Ministry of Pacific Peoples
- Tertiary Education Commission, and
- NZ Council for Educational Research.