Dr Shiloh Ann-Maree Groot

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Senior Lecturer


Prior to taking up my present position as a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Auckland, I have held research and teaching appointments at Massey University and Waikato University. I completed my PhD in 2011 at Waikato University where I explored the nature of resilience through the lived experiences of Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand European homeless people.

I am a member of the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH) Māori Caucus, where I have been asked to advice on the expansion of research strategies that will inform the development of national policy and service provision.


Research | Current

My research adopts an Indigenous, community, critical and societal approach to psychology and employs qualitative methodologies. These methods may involve extensive field work, innovative visual methods for collecting data, direct observations, case conferences with staff and clients, the taking of field notes, biographical interviews, photo-production projects, and photo-elicitation interviews. My research places emphasis on action-oriented social science, where not only does theory and research inform practice, but practice also shapes the refinement of theory and research.

I am engaged in a project looking at the everyday dilemmas and needs of 100 families in Auckland experiencing urban poverty. This project is conducted in collaboration with the Auckland City Mission. Previous research has included work with the Tauranga Moana Nightshelter Trust to provide a new understanding and more systemic engagement of the relationship between people living in poverty, the reactions of other groups and the importance of judgment free spaces.

My PhD research was part of a larger Marsden funded research project conducted in collaboration with homeless people, the Maori and Psychology Research Unit, national and international colleagues, three city councils and leading non-government organisations. My Doctoral thesis encapsulated an action orientation to psychological research. Each case study from my thesis was work-shopped with staff given the task of supporting those specific individuals. This is part of the traditional role in the social sciences of the public intellectual whereby we can provide scholarly support for local communities in developing a coherent and resourced response to the interwoven issues of social inequities, poverty and homelessness.


Teaching | Current

I currently teach social psychology and am developing a graduate paper on Community Health Psychology for 2012 onwards at the University of Auckland.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member, New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH) Māori Caucus
  • Member, Editorial board for the Australian Community Psychologist

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hodgetts, D., Stolte, O., Groot, S., & Drew, N. (2018). Homelessness, mimesis, and the flânerie. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 7 (2), 91-106. 10.1037/ipp0000087
  • Groot, S., Le Grice, J., & Nikora, L. W. (2018). Indigenous Psychology in New Zealand. In W. W. Li, D. Hodgetts, H. F. Koong (Eds.) Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology (pp. 198-217). New York: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315158358-11
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44713
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Linda Waimarie Nikora, Jade Le Grice
  • Hodgetts, D., Groot, S., Chamberlain, K., & Garden, E. (2017). The precariat, everyday life and objects of despair. In C. Howarth, E. Andreouli (Eds.) The social psychology of everyday politics (pp. 173-188). London, UK: Routledge.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39979
  • Groot, S., Vandenburg, T., & Hodgetts, D. (2017). I'm tangata whenua, and I'm still here: Māori youth homelessness. In S. Groot, C. Van Ommen, B. Masters-Awatere, N. Tassell-Matamua (Eds.) Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 163-175). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41321
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tycho Vandenburg
  • Hyde, J., Le Grice, J. S., Moore, C., Groot, S., Fia'Ali'I J, & Manuela, S. (2017). He kohikohinga rangahau: A bibliography of Māori and psychology research (New edition). Auckland, New Zealand: School of Psychology, The University of Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35731
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jade Le Grice, Sam Manuela
  • Fia'Ali'I J, Manuela, S., Le Grice, J. S., Groot, S., & Hyde, J. (2017). ‘O le toe ulutaia: A bibliography of Pasifika and psychology research. Auckland. New Zealand: School of Psychology, The University of Auckland. Pages: 179.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35728
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jade Le Grice, Sam Manuela
  • Groot, S. A., & Mace, J. (2016). Problem Definition: Maori Homelessness in New Zealand. Parity, 29 (8), 5-7. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39972
  • Groot, S., & Hodgetts, D. (2015). The Infamy of Begging: A Case-Based Approach to Street Homelessness and Radical Commerce. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12 (4), 349-366. 10.1080/14780887.2014.960984

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 217B
New Zealand