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Dr Suzanne Phibbs

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 4
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Understanding Factors that Build Resilience in New Zealand

This project will consolidate and add to knowledge about resilient communities in New Zealand, across the continuum of hazard mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery -with a particular focus on indigenous knowledge. Building on research on the Canterbury earthquakes, the Rena oil spill, responses to economic shocks, and recovery from natural hazard events the research will investigate post-disaster community resilience in urban, rural and Maori communities: a large urban area (Christchurch City) a secondary urban area of Kaiapoi and amongst Ng?i Tahu; the resilience of a mostly rural community to climatic events such as droughts and floods (Central Hawke¿s Bay District); and the resilience of a small, predominantly M?ori community, to economic shocks (Murupara). The research team will work with each community to explore and document existing experiences and knowledge, towards informing emergency planning and disaster management. This will incorporate a number of embedded institutions. Research partnerships with these communities are likely to highlight particular perspectives such as a dependence of the individual on the whole, social connectedness (whakapapa and wh?naungatanga), and responsibilities for guardianship of the environment (kaitiakitanga). Stakeholder reference groups will provide cultural advice and support for research processes. Combinations of hui, interviews and focus groups will be used to gauge communities¿ understandings of characteristics and attributes of resilient communities, what they can do to help build a resilient community, and how they can improve a community¿s resilience. Douglas Paton¿s eight domains of resilience will be used as a framework for developing a New Zealand specific model of community resilience factors. Community research partners will make recommendations on the development of measures for facilitating and evaluating community resilience, and the dissemination of research findings to key institutions.
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Date Range: 2012 - 2014

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
CoSupervisor 2 7

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Angelique Reweti - PhD
    The transformative effect of whanau: Exploring the social, cultural and health benefits of whanau development initiatives
  • Narges Alianmoghaddam - PhD
    Six Months Exclusive Breastfeeding: A Relational Behaviour Influenced by Actual and Virtual Social Networks

CoSupervisor of:

  • Brendan Stevenson - PhD
    Measuring Maori Identity and Health: Maori Differentiated Cultural Cohorts
  • Paora Moyle - PhD
    Indigenous experiences of the child protection Family Group Conference in Aotearoa New Zealand

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Litea Diloki Meo-Sewabu - PhD
    'Tu ga na inima ka luvu na waqa' The cultural constructs of health and wellbeing amongst Marama iTaukei in a Fijian village in Lau and in transnational Fijian community in Whanganui, Aotearoa
  • 2013 - Dorothy Ann Noseworthy - PhD
    Decision-making in the women-midwife Dyad: A relational undertaking
  • 2012 - Irene Calvert - PhD
    Trauma, Relational Trust and the Effects on the Midwife
  • 2011 - Frances Ida Richardson - PhD
    Cultural safety in nursing education and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 2010 - Margret Monica Westwater-Hobbs - PhD
    (D)-graded female bodies and the emergence of weight-loss surgery: A discourse analysis of narratives relating a precarious moment in the medicalisation of women's weight
  • 2010 - Christine Marie Kenney - PhD
    Me aro ki te ha o hineahuone: Women, miscarriage stories and midwifery: Towards a contextually relevant research methodology
  • 2007 - Martin Woods - PhD
    Parental resistance: Mobile and transitory discourses. A discursive analysis of parental resistance towards medical treatment for a seriously ill child

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