Esther Yao

BA(Hons) with First Class Honours (Auckland)

Biography

Esther is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work’s School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice. Her doctoral thesis investigates the methodological complexities and associated implications of ethnicity measurement in social science research. Prior to her PhD, Esther worked as a research assistant in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice where she was primarily involved in research in educational psychology.

Research | Current

PhD topic: The operationalisation of ethnicity in quantitative social science research

This research empirically investigates the effects that methodological decisions around the construction of “ethnicity” as a variable have on statistical analyses in the social sciences in increasingly ethnically diverse age cohorts. It utilises survey data from two nationally representative studies in Aotearoa-New Zealand: the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal birth cohort study and the Youth2000 national youth health and wellbeing survey series.

Distinctions/Honours

  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, University of Auckland, 2016
  • Faculty of Arts Masters/Honours Scholarship, University of Auckland, 2013
  • Summer Research Scholarship, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, 2012

Areas of expertise

  • Educational and developmental psychology
  • Adolescent development
  • Ethnicity and culture
  • Quantitative methods

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

H - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EH
Level 3, Room 306
EPSOM CAMPUS 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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