Dr Marama Muru-Lanning
MA (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD
I am the Director of the James Henare Research Centre. My research is dedicated to transdisciplinary research with Māori communities that prioritises equity. As a social anthropologist I focus on the cultural specificity of tangata whenua groups and their unique sense of place and belonging in Aotearoa. My professional expertise includes: building research relationships with Māori communities, environmental anthropology, commodification, privatisation, knowledge production, kaumātua mauri ora and hauora and Chilean intercultural politics. What distinguishes me internationally as a social scientist is my specialisation in four interrelated areas of research:
- Human-environment relationships;
- Transdisciplinary research methods.
I have research collaborations with other University of Auckland faculty teams which include projects with Civil Engineering, Robotics and Infrastructure. Over the past five years I have also developed a passion and new approaches for researching kaumātua wellbeing with colleagues from the James Henare Research Centre.
I am from Tūrangawaewae Marae and whakapapa to Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Whātua.
Research | Current
Project Title Ko Ngā Kaumātua ō Tātou Taonga: Supporting Kaumātua Health in a Changing World
Project Dates 2020-2023
Role Principal Investigator Sponsoring Agency Health Research Council Rangahau Hauora Māori Research Grant
Project Title Tikanga in Technology - Indigenous Approaches to Transformation of Data Ecosystems
Project Dates 2020-2024
Role Key Investigator (Environment) Sponsoring Agency MBIE Endeavour Fund
Project Title Harirū, Hongi and Hau: In the time of Covid-19
Project Dates 2020-2021
Role Principal Investigator Sponsoring Agency Health Research Council Rapid Response Funding Grant
Project Title Listening to the Voices of our Harbours, Kāwhia, Manukau and Whangarei
Project Dates 2020-2023
Role Principal Investigator Sponsoring Agency Te Aparangi - Royal Society Marsden Fund
Project Title One Hundred Years of Tūrangawaewae Marae book project
Project Dates 2020-2021
Role Principal Investigator Sponsoring Agency Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga Scoping Project
Project Title MaaraTech: Human Assist Robotic Technologies for Horticulture
Project Dates 2019-2024
Role Key Investigator (Mātauranga/Engagement) Sponsoring Agency MBIE Endeavour Fund
Teaching | Current
Department: James Henare Research Centre & Anthropology
ANTHRO 109 Future Generations Anthropology (Semester One)
PhD, Mr Te Piere Wallace with Prof Ngaire Kerse
PhD, Mr Nicholas Jones with Assoc Prof Jennifer Frost
DocFA, Ms Ngahuia Harrison with Assoc Prof Peter Robinson
MA, Ms Charmaine Tukiri
BA Hons, Ms Meghan Harris
2021 Elected President of The Polynesian Society;
2021 Minister of Conservation Appointee to the Land Stewardship Reclassification Expert Panel;
2021 Awarded University of Auckland Research Excellence Medal;
2021 Elected Chair of Waikato-Tainui Endowed College Trust;
2020 Appointed Chair of the Te Apārangi Royal Society Rutherford Discovery Fellowship Panel;
2020 Appointed Trustee to the Sir Hugh Kāwharu Foundation;
2019 Awarded Te Apārangi Marsden Research Grant, Royal Society New Zealand, Listening to the Voices of our Harbours (with Dr Keri Mills);
2019 Appointed Oceanic Co-Leader for the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA) McGill University, Canada;
2019 Appointed Trustee to the Bruce Biggs Endowment Scholarship Fund;
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 President for the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania;
2014 Te Apārangi Marsden Fast-Start Research Grant, Royal Society New Zealand, Privatising Intergenerational Electricity Generating Assets;
2014 Awarded Chilean Research Fellowship with the Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR), Universidad de Catolica-Pontificia, Chile.
Director of James Henare Research Centre
Chair of the Te Apārangi Royal Society Rutherford Discovery Fellowship Panel
President of The Polynesian Society
Auckland University Press Board Member
Areas of expertise
Anthropology, Indigenous Engagements, Matauranga Māori, Cross Cultural Relationships, Human-Environment Relationships, Transdisciplinary Research, Water, Natural Resources, Treaty Settlements, Privatisation and Commodification, Knowledge Production, Kaumātuatanga, Indigenous Peoples' of Chile.
2021 (current) Appointed to Auckland University Press Board;
2020 Appointed to Te Apārangi Royal Society Fellowship Selection Panel (Humanities);
2019 - 2021 Appointed to the Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE Māori Advisory Board;
2019 (current) Appointed Associate Investigator of Te Pūnaha Matatini, Data, Knowledge, Insight – ‘the meeting place of many faces’;
2018 (current) Elected Executive Board Member for the Association Social Anthropology Aotearoa-New Zealand (ASAANZ);
2017 (current) Appointed Principal Investigator of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga;
2017 (current) Appointed to the Commoning Ethnography Editorial Board, Victoria University, Wellington;
2016 (current) Appointed to the leadership team of LiLACs NZ - A Study of Life and Living in Advanced Age;
2016 (current) Appointed to New Zealand Sociology Editorial Board;
2016 (current) Appointed Board Director for COMPASS – The Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences, Arts Faculty, UoA;
2014 (current) Elected Council Member for the Journal of the Polynesian Society.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Kerse, N., Lapsley, H., & Muru-Lanning, M. (2017). Women of LiLACs New Zealand. Paper presented at Women’s Studies Association Pae Akoranga Wāhine Conference 2016, Auckland, New Zealand. 2 September - 3 September 2016. Women Studies Journal.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hilary Lapsley, Ngaire Kerse
- 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
- Muru-Lanning, M. L. (2017). At every bend a chief, at every bend a chief, Waikato of one hundred chiefs: Mapping the socio-political life of the Waikato River. In J. H. Wagner, J. K. Jacka (Eds.) Island Rivers: Fresh Water and Place in Oceania (pp. 137-164). ANU Press. Related URL.
- 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
- Muru-Lanning, M. (2016). Investigación colaborativa Mãori, Ciencia mãtauranga Mãori y la Apropiación del agua en Nueva Zelanda. In P. Di Giminiani, A. Aedo, González JL (Eds.) Ecopolíticas globales: Medio ambiente bienestar y poder (pp. 261-283). Santiago, Chile: Hueders.
- 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.
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