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Dr Eva Neely PhD, PGDipHlthSc, BHlthSc


School of Health Sciences

I have a particular interest in health promotion using strengths-based and empowerment-focused approaches to health and wellbeing. My research interests include but are not limited to maternal health, youth health promotion, health-promoting settings, asset-based approaches for enhancing population health, and holistic concepts of health. I am currently conducting a research project on breastfeeding resilience in young mothers, alongside teaching and curriculum development in health promotion.


Contact details

  • Location: 4C32, Block 4
    Campus: Wellington


  • PhD - Massey University (2015)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Health Sciences (First Class Honours) - Massey University (2011)
  • Bachelor of Health Science - Massey University (2010)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

maternal health, youth health promotion, wellbeing and holistic approaches to health, impact of health promotion on people in their everyday lives, population health, settings and community apporaches to health promotion, qualitative public health research, social determinants and inequalities


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Community Child Health (111704): Health and Community Services (111708): Health Promotion (111712): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700)


Population Health

Social Determinants of Health


Health Promotion 

Health-promoting settings

Holistic health



Maternal health

Youth Health Promotion 

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs


Neely, E., Walton, M., & Stephens, C. (2016). Fostering social relationships through food rituals in a New Zealand school. Health Education. 116(5), 434-448
[Journal article]Authored by: Neely, E., Stephens, C., Walton, M.
Neely, E., Walton, M., & Stephens, C. (2016). Food practices and school connectedness: a whole-school approach. Health Education. 116(3), 320-340
[Journal article]Authored by: Neely, E., Stephens, C., Walton, M.
Neely, E., Walton, M., & Stephens, C. (2015). Building school connectedness through shared lunches. Health Education. 115(6), 554-569
[Journal article]Authored by: Neely, E., Stephens, C., Walton, M.
Neely, E., Walton, M., & Stephens, C. (2014). Young people's food practices and social relationships. A thematic synthesis. Appetite. 82, 50-60
[Journal article]Authored by: Neely, E., Stephens, C., Walton, M.
Mengwasser, E., & Walton, M. (2013). 'Show me what health means to you!'-Exploring children's perspectives of health. Pastoral Care in Education. 31(1), 4-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Neely, E., Walton, M.
Walton, MD., & Mengwasser, E. (2012). An ethical evaluation of evidence: a stewardship approach to public health policy. Public Health Ethics. 5(1), 16-21 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Neely, E.


Walton, M., Tu'itahi, S., Stairmand, J., & Neely, E. (2015). Settings-based health promotion. In L. Signal, & M. Ratima (Eds.) Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 241 - 263). Dunedin: Otago University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Neely, E., Walton, M.Contributed to by: Walton, M.


Neely, EM. (2015). Moving beyond nutrients - Nurturing young people's social health and school connectedness through food. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Neely, E.Edited by: Stephens, C., Walton, M.


Neely, EM. (2017, May). The role of health promotion in maternal health. Presented at Passage to Motherhood Conference. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Neely, E.
Neely, EM. (2015, May). Food practices and social health: Working towards a holistic nutrition promotion. Presented at 6th National Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Neely, E.
Neely, EM. (2015, July). Food practices and social health- working towards a holistic nutrition promotion.. Presented at 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Society. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Neely, E.
Neely, EM. (2012, November). Ethnography for health promotion: An unexplored avenue. Presented at 2nd International Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Neely, E.
Neely, EM. (2012, September). Sharing the participatory research experience- from the other side, co-presented with two research participants.. Presented at Public Health Association of New Zealand Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Neely, E.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0


231.200 Theories and Models in Health Promotion

231.105 Introduction to New Zealand's Health System

231.300 Contemporary Approaches to Social Change in Health

231.734 Maternal and Infant Health 

147.102 Mental Health & Society 

250.131 Health Studies 

Courses Coordinated

  • 231.105 An Introduction to New Zealand’s Health Systems
  • 231.200 Theories and Models of Health Promotion
  • 231.308 Health Promotion Advocacy
  • 250.100 Introduction to Communication in Health

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Victoria Chinn - Doctor of Philosophy
    A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Women's Health

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