Dr Marama Muru-Lanning
MA (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD
Marama holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Auckland. She is a Senior Research Fellow and Director at the James Henare Research Centre. Marama also advises on elderly health projects in the School of Population Health. Her research is primarily concerned with debates and critical challenges in social anthropology where she focuses on the cultural specificity of iwi-Māori and their unique sense of place and belonging in New Zealand. What distinguishes Marama nationally as a social scientist is her specialization in water, environment and indigenous engagement. She is a Council member of the Journal of the Polynesian Society, New Zealand’s oldest scholarly journal.
She also has research collaborations with other University of Auckland faculties which include projects with Civil Engineering, Robotics and Infastructure.
Marama is from Turangawaewae Marae and is of Waikato and Ngati Maniapoto descent.
Research | Current
- Ngã Pae o Te Mãramatanga Research Commissioning, Community connection to place
- Health Research Council, People with Dementia and Robots for Independence
- Arts Faculty Awarded Staff Summer Scholarship, How does Tikanga and Mãtauranga Mãori apply when designing Robots
- QuakeCoRE, New earthquake legislation for Mãori buildings
- Ngã Pae o Te Mãramatanga, Septic Tank Mitigation in Takahiwai
- National Science Challenge, Kaumãtua o tãtou taonga
Teaching | Current
2018, Appointed Director of the James Henare Research Centre;
2017, My sole-authored book Tupuna Awa: People and Politics of the Waikato River was a finalist in the Ngã Kupu Ora Mãori book awards (non-fiction politics);
2016, Elected Chair for the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania;
2014, Awarded Marsden Fast-Start Research Grant, The Royal Society of New Zealand;
2014, Awarded Chilean Research Fellowship with the Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR), Universidad de Catolica-Pontificia, Chile;
Director of James Henare Mãori Research Centre
Areas of expertise
Social Anthropology, Indigenous Engagements, Vision Matauranga, Cross Cultural Relationships, Water, Natural Resources, Treaty Settlements, Privatisation and Commodification, Knowledge Production, Kaumatua Wellbeing, Maori, Indigenous Peoples' of Chile.
Past Chair of Association of Social Anthropology for Oceania
Council Member for Journal of the Polynesian Society
Māori Advisory Board Member for COMPASS – The Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences, The University of Auckland
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Muru-Lanning, M. (2017). Ancestors for sale in Aotearoa-New Zealand. In J. Anderson, H. Geismar (Eds.) The Routledge companion to cultural property (pp. 473-485). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315641034
- Wham, C., Teh, R., Moyes, S. A., Rolleston, A., Muru-Lanning, M., Hayman, K., ... Kerse, N. (2016). Macronutrient intake in advanced age: Te Puāwaitanga o Ngā Tapuwae Kia ora Tonu, Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ). British Journal of Nutrition, 116 (6), 1103-1115. 10.1017/S0007114516003020
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes, Ruth Teh, Ngaire Kerse, Karen Hayman
- Wham, C., Teh, R., Moyes, S. A., Rolleston, A., Muru-Lanning, M., Hayman, K., ... Adamson, A. (2016). Micronutrient intake in advanced age: Te Puāwaitanga o Ngā Tapuwae Kia ora Tonu, Life and Living in Advanced Age: A cohort study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ). British Journal of Nutrition, 116 (10), 1754-1769. 10.1017/S0007114516003597
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ruth Teh, Ngaire Kerse, Simon Moyes, Karen Hayman
- Muru-Lanning, M. L. (2016). Intergenerational investments or selling ancestors? Maori perspectives of privatising New Zealand electricity generating assets. In P. Adds, B. Bonisch-Brednich, R. Hill, G. Whimp (Eds.) Reconciliation, representation and indigeneity (pp. 49-64). Heidelberg: Winter-Verlag.
- Muru-Lanning, M. L. (2016). Tupuna awa : people and politics of the Waikato River. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Uniuversity Press. Pages: 230.
- Kerse, N., McDonald, M., Rolleston, A., Hayman, K., & Muru-Lanning, M. (2015). Mental health and wellbeing in advanced age: LiLACS NZ. Paper presented at RANZCP 2015, Brisbane, Australia. 3 May - 7 May 2015. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. (pp. 1).
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ngaire Kerse, Karen Hayman
- Muru-Lanning, M. (2015). Being Maori in the City: Indigenous Everyday Life in Auckland. CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC, 27 (1), 300-302.
- Kerse, N., Muru-Lanning, M. L., Teh, R., & Rolleston, A. (2015). Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand, Te Puawaitanga o Ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu (LiLACS NZ). In N. A. Pachana (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of Geropsychology (pp. ). Singapore: Springer. 10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_138-1
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ngaire Kerse, Ruth Teh
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