Bev’s current interests include diversity, inclusion, and individual and collective wellbeing.
Specific interests include identity, inclusion, and sense of belonging; the role of arts and culture in society; and how different forms of knowledge and expression can be used to collectively enhance policy and practice for a sustainable future.
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Bev’s focus includes the underlying principles, relationship dynamics and factors needed for diverse approaches to be used to develop new and inclusive policies and practices in a respectful and sustained way. She is increasingly interested in approaches that strengthen and affirm positive societal values and wellbeing. This includes a focus on the wellbeing of Chinese and Asian communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Bev has a background in social psychology and statistics, and over 30 years policy research and evaluation experience in Aotearoa. She has worked in managerial, principal advisor, and consultancy-based roles across a wide range of portfolios such as Justice, Social Development, Education, Immigration, Environment, and Culture and Heritage. Examples of initiatives Bev has led include: the dual stranded Families and Whānau Wellbeing Research Programme (2014-2017, Superu); cultural indicators and measuring the value of culture (2012-2014, Ministry for Culture and Heritage); and research on the Living Standards of older New Zealanders and subsequently of older Māori (2000-2003, Ministry of Social Development).