Prof Joanna Kidman

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Professor of Maori Education Te Kura Maori


PhD (ANU), MA, Dip.Ed.Stud.


I am a sociologist with affiliations to Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Raukawa. My work spans indigenous sociology, Māori youth, higher education, decolonization studies and comparative education. I’m especially interested in the interplay of power relations between different groups of people.

I will supervise PhD students in the areas of sociology of education, cultural and indigenous studies in education, higher education and youth studies.

I am on Research Leave until the end of June 2020.

Current research projects

I am working on two Marsden projects. He Taonga te Wareware: Remembering and Forgetting New Zealand’s Colonial Past investigates how New Zealanders selectively remember and forget difficult and violent events from our colonial past.

What Inspires and Sustains Young People's Engagement in Social Movements?, led by A/P Karen Nairn, University of Otago, explores the ways that hope for a better future motivates young New Zealanders to engage with politics and new social movements.

Recently completed research

Ngā Moemoea ō Āpōpō: Taiohi Māori Speak About the Future. This three-year project (2017-2019) engaged young Māori in a series of critical conversations about the future. They spoke about their hopes and fears and how they will deal with the diverse needs of their families and communities in the years ahead. Funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (The Māori Centre of Research Excellence).

Māori and Pacific Scholars and the University explored the everyday experiences of Māori and Pacific senior academics in universities and Wānanga around New Zealand, looking at how academic careers have changed in the aftermath of the economic reforms. A two-year study (2016-2017) funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

Kidman, J., Chu, C., Fernandez, S. & Abella, I. (2015). Maori scholars and the University. A Technical Report funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

Recently completed supervision

  • Liana MacDonald. Teaching from the margins: Navigating critical approaches to text, identity and biculturalism through the lived experiences of Māori English secondary school teachers. PhD.
  • Hine Funaki, (2017). “At least I have a house to live in”: Māori and Pacific young people’s hopes and fears about the future. MA (Education).
  • Sean Fernandez, (2016). Intersections between Pacific leadership and international development. PhD.
  • Milka Otieno, (2016). The influence of school matrons on girls’ educational experiences and social participation in Tanzania. PhD.
  • Brian Tweed, (2016). Tātai kōrero i ngaro, Tātai kōrero e rangona; Legitimation and the learning of curriculum mathematics in an indigenous Māori school. PhD.
  • Antonio Quiroga Garcia, (2015). Perspectives of learning during the transition from secondary school to university: A comparative study of first generation university students in Chile and New Zealand. PhD.
  • Zawadi Juma, (2015). Exploring the development of biological literacy in Tanzanian junior secondary school students. PhD.

Current supervision

  • Marian MacDonald. Academic women’s experiences of intersectionality in higher education: Navigations, negotiations and relationships on contested ground. PhD.
  • Hine Funaki. Māori experiences of university education. PhD.
  • Ho Trung Hau. International postgraduate students from Asian countries in New Zealand universities: Their learning experiences and beliefs. PhD.
  • Avery Smith. The role of schools in shaping the cultural identity of Pakehā teachers. PhD

Recent Publications