Social Research on TB and Health

Social Research on tuberculosis has the been the focus of ongoing research projects led by social science researchers in Anthropology at The University of Auckland, and with collaboration from Te Kupenga Hauora Maori, the School of Population Health and Auckland Regional Public Health Service.

The current project, Transnationalism in Pacific Health through the Lens of TB, began in 2009 and is ongoing as we continue to produce results. The focus in this project is a syndemic approach to tuberculosis among people from the Cook Islands and Tuvalu including those in New Zealand. The project team is made up of eleven researchers from different departments and includes two from USA.

This builds on work from the first project, The Political Ecology of Tuberculosis in New Zealand, which ran from 2002-2006 and investigated historical tuberculosis in New Zealand and contemporary issues in a range of ethnic groups in Auckland. Part of this project involved a collaboration with Canadian colleagues and four of the team continued to work on the Pacific project.

The earliest two projects have adopted a strategy of offering scholarships to senior research students who have conducted a good deal of the project research in a supportive research environment. Funding for the projects has been from the Health Research Council of New Zealand with additional funds from the University of Auckland, the Royal Society of New Zealand, and BRCSS.