Massey University
Professor Paul Spoonley

Professor Paul Spoonley

Professor Paul Spoonley is Regional Director (Auckland) and Research Director for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. He is project leader for the FRST-funded Integration of Immigrants Programme. He is past Chair of the Management Group for the Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences (BRCSS) Network. He is the author or editor of 25 books on topics such as ethnic relations and identity, political extremism and employment. Paul is also a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) (see http://www.iza.org )

Associate Professor Robin Peace

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.

 Trudie Cain

Trudie Cain

Trudie Cain is the Research Manager for the Integration of Immigrants Programme. Based at Massey University’s Albany campus, she is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the programme’s varied research activities. Her research interests include the politics of identity and gender, qualitative research methodologies and research ethics. 

Waikato University

Professor Richard Bedford

Professor Richard Bedford QSO, FRSNZ is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research at Auckland University of Technology and Professor of Population Geography in the Population Studies Centre at the University of Waikato. He is a specialist in migration research and since the mid-1960s he has been researching processes of population movement in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a member of the Marsden Fund Council, where he convenes the Social Sciences Panel, the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics (ACOS), and an adviser to the Department of Labour on the Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) work policy and the Longitudinal Survey of Immigration: New Zealand (LisNZ).

Professor Jacques Poot

Jacques Poot is Professor of Population Economics at the University of Waikato and Adjunct Professor at VU University Amsterdam. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; an Affiliate of the Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust and External Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College, London and at IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany. Professor Poot has researched a wide range of economic aspects of population change, particularly economic causes and consequences of internal and international migration.

Associate Professor Elsie Ho

Associate Professor Elsie Ho is director of Population Mental Health in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. She has previously held teaching and research appointments at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Waikato. She is a leading expert in migration and mental health studies in New Zealand, and has published widely on the topics of Asian transnational communities, migrant and refugee settlement and integration, mental health and diversity issues. In 2007, her research was recognized formally through the New Zealand Honours system with an award of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to migrant communities.