Dr Lara Marie Greaves

PhD, MSc, BA(Hons)


Lara (Ngāti Kuri, Ngāpuhi) is a lecturer in New Zealand Politics and Public Policy. 

In 2018, she was a Research Fellow at COMPASS in the Faculty of Arts, and a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT.

Formerly, Lara was a PhD student in the School of Psychology working with the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS). Lara’s PhD (He Pōkēkē Uenuku I Tū Ai: A Quantitative Exploration of Māori Identity, Political Attitudes, and Behaviour) examined the predictors of voting (both turnout and intended vote choice), being on the Māori electoral roll, support for protest, and support for various political parties for Māori. 

Lara is part of large survey teams that work on the New Zealand Election Study, the International Social Survey Programme, and the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study.


Research | Current

My current research interests include:

Voting, Political Attitudes, & Behaviour: NZ politics, voter turnout, political polling, public opinion research and views on policies, referenda, participation.

Māori Politics & the Māori Electorates: the Māori roll/seats, Māori support and participation. I'm especially interested in Māori views on the classic political science topics, e.g., voter turnout: why participate in a colonial system?

Survey, Longitudinal, & Quantitative Methods: sampling, longitudinal research, non-response (overall non-response, item non-response, retention), online survey methods (and privacy concerns), making survey methods more responsive to Māori needs.

- Sexual Orientation: measuring sexual orientation (behaviour, attractions, identity), heteronormativity, well-being and sexual orientation, political attitudes and sexual orientation, intersectionality.


Teaching | Current

POLITICS 107 New Zealand Politics

POLITICS 229 Mana Māori Motuhake / Māori Politics and Public Policy

Previous experience: I tutored across a range of papers from 2013-2017 in the School of Psychology. I then worked as a Professional Teaching Fellow for PSYCH 320 Culture and Psychology (University of Auckland, 2017) and POLS 105 People and Policy (University of Waikato, 2017). In 2018 I was as a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT. 


Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students who are interested in NZ/Māori politics and policy and/or those who would like to work with quantitative or survey data. 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

NZ Political Studies Association Postgraduate Representative (2015/16/17); Māori Representative (2018-)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 539
New Zealand

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