Dr Pauline Herbst
PhD. MA (distinction). GradDip. BA(Hons) with distinction.
Pauline Herbst is a social anthropologist whose research broadly falls under four specialties: medical anthropology, the anthropology of childhood, narrative anthropology and graphic medicine/ visual anthropology. She has explored chronic illness and the socio-cultural effect of screening and diagnosis with the metabolic condition MCADD, respiratory disease COPD, and hysterectomy. Her doctoral work, a nationwide research project was conducted in the School of Social Sciences, Anthropology at the University of Auckland and she has a Masters with distinction in Anthropology from Rhodes University, South Africa. She is currently exploring health and well-being in relation to the global health of the environment.
Research | Current
My current research lies at the intersection of environmental health, broadly defined, and how different ethnographic methods and science communication changes the nature of knowlsedge production.
Our Pandemic Lives: Photography, Sociality and Visual Method during Crisis. An ongoing analysis of visual represenations during pandemics.
COVID Youth Voices Matter. Young adult’s responses to and impacts of COVID-19.
Food security, risk management and resilience: managing chronic conditions during times of rapid change. A project that seeks to understand how families adapt their existing management of chronic conditions, usually treated with food, in New Zealand and Australian children during times of rapid change such as wildfires, earthquakes and the COVID-19 pandemic;
Book Project: Growing Up with a Hidden Disorder: An Ethnography of the Metabolic Condition MCADD in New Zealand
This nationwide New Zealand study examines the daily lived experience of the first generation of children to be diagnosed with MCADD via newborn screening and uses a variety of methods to capture children’s perspectives across the age range, from newborn to age 10, along with those of family members and health professionals. These methods include participant observation, semi-structured interviews, photovoice, metaphor sort technique, body mapping, and storyboarding.
Teaching | Current
ANTHRO 203 Thinking like a Social Anthropologist
ANTHRO 268 Ethnographic Encounters with the Environment
ANTRO 368 Ethnographic Encounters with the Environment
Areas of expertise
- Medical anthropology
- Anthropology of children and young people
- Visual anthropology
- Ethnograhy and Methodology
- Social anthropology
- Identity and ethnicity
- Religion and the politics of health
- Also media anthropology and the anthropology of design
- Areas: South Africa, New Zealand.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Herbst, P. S. (2019). ‘Life of Lola’: A commentary on graphic anthropology. Commoning Ethnography, 2 (1), 75-87. 10.26686/ce.v2i1.5664
- Dobson, R., Herbst, P., Candy, S., Brott, T., Garrett, J., Humphrey, G., ... Warren, J. A. (2019). Understanding end-user perspectives of mobile pulmonary rehabilitation (mPR): Cross-Sectional Survey and Interviews. JMIR Formative Research, 3 (4)10.2196/15466
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Tawhai, Rosie Dobson, Gayl Humphrey, Jim Warren, Jeffrey Garrett
- Herbst, P. (2016). Action Stations: Biological Cosmopolitanism at Play on Online Support Groups for Genetic Disorders. Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies, 13 (1), 176-176. 10.11157/sites-vol13iss1id306