Dr Jesse Hession Grayman

MA, MPH (University of Michigan); PhD (Harvard University)

Research | Current

  • Social Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Development Studies
  • Humanitarianism
  • Global Public Health
  • Political Violence
  • Conflict and Development
  • Social Suffering
  • Community Driven Development
  • Media Technologies
  • Epidemiology
  • Internally Displaced Populations
  • Southeast Asian Studies

Teaching | Current

DEVELOP 701:  Development Praxis

DEVELOP 712:  Undertaking Development Research

DEVELOP 717:  Humanitarian Interventions

HLTHSOC 100:  Introduction to Critical Global Health

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Thesis Supervisions

Paul Robertson: "A Passage through India: an Ethnography of Cultural Immersion" (2021, co-supervised with Dr Christine Dureau)

Arisarawan Tanasinsiri: "Intersection of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation: Bilateral Engagement between New Zealand and Thailand in the Dairy Sector" (2021, co-supervised with Professor Andreas Neef)

Anna Matevosyan: "Understanding Environmental Governance under Decentralisation: The Case of Wildlife Refuges in Taiwan" (2020, co-supervised with Professor Andreas Neef)

MA Thesis Supervisions

Joe Clifford: "Bureaucratising Reciprocity: Gotong Royong and Indonesia in the Jokowi Era" (2021)

Yuko Nagamine: "Transnational Grass-Roots Relationship Building: How Norms and Compassion in Japanese Civil Society Influence the Burmese Diaspora’s Homeland Development” (2020)

Hanyang Ge: "Humanitarian Interventions and Other Disaster Responses Following the March 2017 Flood in Piura, Peru" (2019, co-supervised with Professor Andreas Neef)

Devon Hanna: "The Shifting Landscape of Expertise in Disaster Intervention: Humanitarian Subjectivities of the Shaky Isles" (2018)

Gladys Ann Gatuz Rabacal: "Discourses of Participation in the Philippines’ Bottom-up Budgeting Program" (2017)

Hyun Suk (Henry) Oh: "Urban Poverty in an East Asian Welfare State: Challenges Faced by the Elderly Population in Seoul" (2016)



Discipline Convenor - Development Studies

PhD Advisor - Development Studies

Research Committee - School of Social Sciences


Areas of expertise

social anthropology; medical anthropology; development studies; humanitarianism; global public health; political violence; conflict and development; social suffering; community driven development; media technologies; epidemiology; internally displaced populations; Southeast Asian studies

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Major and Specialisation Leader - Development Studies

PhD Advisor - Development Studies

Research Committee - School of Social Sciences

Director - Southeast Asian Studies Centre, New Zealand Asia Institute

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

58 SYMONDS ST - Bldg 435
Level 7, Room 710
New Zealand

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