Associate Professor Janine Lindsay Wiles

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Ageing in Place
  • Geography
  • Social Gerontology
  • Care

Principal Investigator, Managing co-morbidity from both sides of the fence: a qualitative study with older people and primary care practitioners FRDF (2014-16)

Co-Investigator, Pakeketanga: Living and dying in advanced old age Principal Investigator Professor Merryn Gott, HRC (2013-16)

Investigator, Life and Living in Advanced Age: A cohort study in New Zealand; Te Puāwaitanga o Nga Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu, LiLACS NZ Principal Investigator Professor Ngaire Kerse, HRC, MoH (2010-2016)

Co-Investigator, Social isolation & loneliness amongst older people in the multicultural NZ context Principal Investigator Professor Merryn Gott, National Science Challenge: Ageing Well (2016-17)

Co-Investigator, The effect of a 12 week exercise and lifestyle management programme on cardiac risk reduction: using a kaupapa Māori philosophy. Principal Investigator Dr Anna Rolleston, National Heart Foundation  (2015-17)

Team member, Ageing, housing and health: A collaborative study Principal Investigator Professor Christine StephensMBIE Catalyst grant (2016-17)

Co-Investigator, Tāpinga ‘a MaamaPacific life and death in advanced age Principal Investigator Dr Ofa Dewes, National Science Challenge: Ageing Well (2017-19)

Co-Investigator, Towards streetscapes promoting inclusive mobility, health and wellbeing for all Principal Investigator Professor Shanthi Ameratunga, HRC (2017-19)

Teaching | Current

  • POPLHLTH 704 Undertaking Qualitative Health Research (Masters of Public Health/Postgraduate course)

  • POPLHLTH 762 Advanced Qualitative Research (PhD, MPH, MHSc course) 

  • POPLHLTH 207 Community and Cultural Development (Bachelor of Health Sciences)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Jacqueline Schmidt-Busby: Critical points of engagement for Pacific people with diabetic nephropathy
  • Anne Turner: Phenomenological study of participation in RCT
  • Lori Nielson: Social inclusion in a retirement village community: An ethnographic investigation
  • Myint Htut: Asian children diagnosed with ASD in Auckland: An estimation


Australasian Regional Editor, Health and Social Care in the Community, (Impact Factor: 1.557, ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 5/41 (Social Work))

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wiles, J. L., Allen, R. E., & Butler, R. (2016). Owning my thoughts was difficult: Encouraging students to read and write critically in a tertiary qualitative research methods course. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 13 (1)
  • Allen, R., & Wiles, J. (2014). The uncertain spaces of great-grandparenthood. In M. Roche, J. Mansvelt, R. Prince, A. Gallagher (Eds.) Engaging geographies: Landscapes, lifecourses and mobilities (pp. 117-136). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Wiles, J. L., & Jayasinha, R. (2013). Care for place: The contributions older people make to their communities. Journal of Aging Studies, 27 (2), 93-101. 10.1016/j.jaging.2012.12.001
  • Allen, R. E., & Wiles, J. L. (2013). The utility of positioning theory to the study of ageing: Examples from research with childless older people. Journal of Aging Studies, 27 (2), 175-187. 10.1016/j.jaging.2013.02.001
  • Wiles, J. L., Wild, K., Kerse, N., & Allen, R. E. (2012). Resilience from the point of view of older people: 'There's still life beyond a funny knee'. Social Science & Medicine, 74 (3), 416-424. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ngaire Kerse, Kirsty Wild
  • Wiles, J. L., Leibing, A., Guberman, N., Reeve, J., & Allen, R. E. (2012). The Meaning of "Ageing in Place" to Older People. Gerontologist, 52 (3), 357-366. 10.1093/geront/gnr098
  • WILD, K., WILES, J. L., & ALLEN, R. E. S. (2011). Resilience: thoughts on the value of the concept for critical gerontology. Ageing and Society, Online, 1-22. 10.1017/S0144686X11001073
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kirsty Wild
  • Wiles, J. (2011). Reflections on being a recipient of care: Vexing the concept of vulnerability | Réflexions sur la réception du soin: En contrariant le concept de la vulnérabilite. Social & Cultural Geography, 12 (6), 573-588. 10.1080/14649365.2011.601237

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 344
New Zealand