Dr Tara Michelle Coleman

PhD (Geography), MA(Hons) (Geography), BA

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Research Fellow



Professional Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Arts

  • Coordinator of the Social Science for Public Health core papers - SOCSCIPH200 Social Science for Health and SOCSCIPH300 Current Debates in Health and Health Policy

Researcher, School of Environment

Research | Current

Research Interests

  • Ageing in place
  • Geographies of health and wellbeing
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on health and health policy
  • Social science for health
  • Public health
  • Gerontology
  • Sexual health education in schools
  • Island geographies

Teaching | Current

SOCSCIPH200 Social Science for Health

SOCSCIPH300 Current Debates in Health and Health Policy

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate Advisor to:

  • Kailas Moral (MA): The practice of Ayurveda within Auckland Communities
  • Laura Bates (MA): Rental accommodation experiences among older adults


Research Award, School of Environment 2016

PhD Research Award, Best PhD thesis 2014 in the School of Environment, The University of Auckland

University of Auckland Health Research Scholarship



Course design and delivery, course coordination

Qualitative research

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kearns, R. A., Coleman, T. M., & Edmeades, J. (2018). New Zealand children's health stamps: Ideological artefacts linking health and place. Social Science & Medicine10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.06.021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robin Kearns
  • Coleman, T., Kearns, R. A., & Wiles, J. (2016). Older adults' experiences of home maintenance issues and opportunities to maintain ageing in place. Housing Studies, 31 (8), 964-983. 10.1080/02673037.2016.1164834
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42062
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Wiles, Robin Kearns
  • Coleman, T. M., Collins, D., & Kearns, R. A. (2016). Mediating young people’s knowledge: Framing school-based sexuality education in New Zealand and Canada. In B. Evans, J. Horton, T. Skelton (Eds.) Play, recreation, health and wellbeing (pp. 487-507). Singapore: Springer. 10.1007/978-981-4585-51-4_35
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robin Kearns
  • Coleman, T., & Kearns, R. (2015). The role of bluespaces in experiencing place, aging and wellbeing: Insights from Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Health & Place, 35, 206-217. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.09.016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robin Kearns
  • Coleman, T. M. (2012). Ageing-in-place on Waiheke Island, New Zealand: Experiencing 'place', 'being aged' and implications for wellbeing The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/20534
  • Coleman, T. M., Kearns, R. A., & Collins, D. C. A. (2010). 'Anywhere you can talk about how you feel is better': Young people's experiences of sexual health messages. NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHER, 66 (1), 61-73. 10.1111/j.1745-7939.2010.01171.x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robin Kearns
  • Collins, D. C. A., & Coleman, T. M. (2008). Social geographies of education: Looking within, and beyond, school boundaries. Geography Compass, 2 (1), 281-299. 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2007.00081.x

Contact details

Alternative contact

Correct Location:

Human Sciences Building
Level 7, Room 715
10 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 7, Room 715
New Zealand