Associate Professor Elsie Seck Yee Ho


Elsie Ho is an associate professor and director of Population Mental Health in the Section of Social and Community Health, School of Population Health. 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. She has been coordinator and researcher of several commissioned research projects, including the first Asian report into mental health issues for Asian immigrants in New Zealand, completed in 2002. In 2007, her research has been 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.

Elsie is currently part of two research programmes funded by the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology, the Integration of Immigrant Programme (2007-2012) and Ageing in Place: Empowering Older People to Repair and Maintain Safe and Comfortable Houses in Their Communities (2007-2012). She is also a co-investigator on Chinese Circulatory Transmigration (2008-2010), a research project funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. She is a consulting editor of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies and Asian Journal of Social Psychology. She is also an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Social Science of the University of Adelaide and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre of Asian Studies of the University of Hong Kong. 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Migration and mental health
  • integration and settlement
  • diversity issues

Teaching | Current

POPLHLTH 735   Mental Health Development: Theories & Principles
POPLPRAC 712   Project Planning for Lifestyle Change
POPLHLTH 313   Health in Asian Communities

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Bedford, R., & Ho, E. S. (2010). Pathways to residence in New Zealand, 2003-2010. In A. Trlin, P. Spoonley, R. Bedford (Eds.) New Zealand and International Migration. A Digest and Bibliography, Number 5 (pp. 1-49). Palmerston North & Hamilton: Massey University and University of Waikato.
  • Ho, E. S. Y. (2009). Migrating talent: subsequent mobility of recent Asian immigrants to and from New Zealand. In C. H. Leong, J. W. Berry (Eds.) Intercultural Relations in Asia: Migration and Work Effectiveness (pp. 25-42). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Khoo, S. E., Ho, E. S. Y., & Voigt-Graf, C. (2008). Gendered migration in Oceania: Trends, policies and outcomes. In N. Piper (Ed.) New Perspectives on Gender and Migration, Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements (pp. 101-136). London: Routledge Falmer.
  • Ho, E. S. Y. (2007). Chinese "astronaut" families in New Zealand: Evidence from census data. In C. B. Tan, S. Colin, J. Zimmerman (Eds.) Chinese Overseas: Migration, Research and Documentation (pp. 119-138). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
  • Ho, E. S. Y. (2006). Contemporary migration and settlement of Chinese migrants in New Zealand. In D. Ip, R. Hibbins, W. H. Chui (Eds.) Experiences of transnational Chinese migrants in the Asia-Pacific (pp. 41-57). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Ho, E. S. Y., & Bedford, R. D. (2006). The Chinese in Auckland: Changing profiles in a more diverse society. In W. Li (Ed.) From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: new Asian communities in Pacific Rim countries (pp. 203-230). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1007
New Zealand