Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar
PhD (Waikato, NZ); MPhil. in Applied Economics (JNU, New Delhi, India); M.A. in Psychology (Kerala University, India); B.A. in Psychology (Kerala University)
I have a background in feminist theory, gender, development, policy and migrant communities. I have previously taught at the University of Waikato, Victorial University of Wellington, and in the Arts Faculty at the University of Auckland. I have also worked in the New Zealand public sector in research and evaluation. My current role is as Director, Health Promotion at the School of Population Health.
Research | Current
Inclusive policy and marginal groups; the politics of collaboration in sexual violence policy; post-neoliberalism; reproductive health policy; biculturalism and multiculturalism; gender and policymaking; domestic violence and ethnic communities in New Zealand.
- Infertility and neoliberalism: historical narratives in the global north and global south (with Sara MacBride-Stewart, Cardiff University)
- State-iwi engagement in resource management in the Eastern Bay of Plenty (with Amanda Lowry)
- Reproductive Health Policy in India
- Women's community groups and inclusion
- Heterogeneity and Female-Headed Households (with Kumudika Boyagoda)
- Culturally-sensitive interventions in domestic violence among ethnic communities (with Priya Kurian, Nirmala Narasimhan, Faith Silcock)
- Desirable Citizens in National's Policies (with Graeme McKenzie and Priya Kurian)
Teaching | Current
POPLHLTH733: Concepts and Models in Health Promotion
POPLHLTH734: Strategies in Health Promotion
Dissertations in Progress:
- Kumar, S. Sexual Violence in Ethnic Communities: Data Issues
- Rahmanipour, S. Sexual Violence in Ethnic Communities: Analysis of discourses
- Lal, R. Austerity and health outcomes for marginalised communities.
Completed Thesis and Dissertations:
- Hicks, K. (2015) Health promotion competencies.
- Tamanam, J (2015) Health seeking behaviours in the South Asian community.
- Brailsford, R. (2015, second supervisor) The concept of autonomy in health promotion.
- Okuyama, L. (2014, second supervisor) Resilience and Migrants in New Zealand: Psychological Aspects
- Fraser, R. (2012) Representation of Migrants and Refugees by NGOs in Aotearoa/New Zealand
- Lowry, A. (2012) Deliberative Democracy and Maori Inclusion in policy
- Kagl, R. (2012) Reproductive Health and Male Involvement in Papua New Guinea
PhD in Progress
- Nandedkar, G. MDGs and education of young adolescent girls in India (The University of Waikato)
- Guha, P. Indian Tied Middling Migrants in Transnational Gender Spaces (second supervisor)
- Njagi, W. (2012) Abortion in Kenya: An analysis of discourses
- Boyagoda, K. (2013) Heterogeneity and Female-Headed Households in Srilanka
- Duong, K. (2014) Human Trafficking in Vietnam: An evaluation of the National Action Programme (VNAP)
Teaching post-graduate courses in Health Promotion; Masters and Doctoral supervision; Research.
Areas of expertise
Gender, ethnicity and multiculturalism, reproductive health, policy, inclusion and marginality, development, migration.
Co-editor, Women's Studies Journal, 2012-
Member, Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Waikato, 2010-2014.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Simon-Kumar, R., & Kingfisher, C. (2015). Situated meaning frameworks in ethnic policy communities: Translating ‘engagement’ in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Critical Policy Studies, 9 (2), 177-197. 10.1080/19460171.2014.986493
- Simon-Kumar, R. (2013). Translating inclusion into influence in Aotearoa/New Zealand: The conundrum of engaging gender organisations in public policy.. 26-28 June 2013. p.1-26.. Paper presented at International Conference on Public Policy (ICCP), Grenoble, France. 26 June - 28 June 2013. Related URL.