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 352 New Zealand Parties, Leaders, and Elections
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.
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.
NZ Political Studies Association Postgraduate Representative (2015/16/17); Māori Representative (2018-)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Greaves, L. M., Barlow, F. K., Huang, Y., Stronge, S., Fraser, G., & Sibley, C. G. (2017). Asexual identity in a New Zealand national sample: Demographics, well-being, and health. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46 (8), 2417-2427. 10.1007/s10508-017-0977-6
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Sibley, Sam Stronge, Yanshu Huang
- Greaves, L. M., Barlow, F. K., Lee, C. H. J., Matika, C. M., Wang, W., Lindsay, C. J., ... Cowie, L. J. (2017). The diversity and prevalence of sexual orientation self-labels in a New Zealand national sample. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46 (5), 1325-1336. 10.1007/s10508-016-0857-5
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Danny Osborne, Chris Sibley, Carla Houkamau, Sam Stronge, Sam Manuela, Lucy Cowie, Cinnamon Lindsay Latimer, Correna Matika, Yanshu Huang, Carly Townrow, Joseph Bulbulia
- Greaves, L., Houkamau, C., & Sibley, C. (2015). Identity and Demographics Predict Voter Enrolment on the Māori Electoral Roll: Findings from a National Sample. San Diego, USA. 3 July - 5 July 2015. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carla Houkamau, Chris Sibley
- Greaves, L. M., Milojev, P., Huang, Y., Stronge, S., Osborne, D., Bulbulia, J., ... Sibley, C. G. (2015). Regional differences in the psychological recovery of Christchurch residents following the 2010/2011 earthquakes: A longitudinal study. PLoS ONE, 10 (5)10.1371/journal.pone.0124278
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Sibley, Danny Osborne, Sam Stronge, Yanshu Huang, Joseph Bulbulia
- Greaves, L. M., Osborne, D., Sengupta, N. K., Milojev, P., & Sibley, C. G. (2014). Politics and post-colonial ideology: Historical negation and symbolic exclusion predict political party preference. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 43 (3), 39-54. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Danny Osborne, Chris Sibley