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Edmond Fehoko imageBA (Criminology & Social Sciences), MA (Hons), PhD (AUT)


Dr Edmond Fehoko is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Nutrition with a background in criminology, sociology, cultural studies, mental health and addiction, reproductive health and public health.

Dr Fehoko has extensive expertise in development, design and evaluation of Pacific and indigenous interventions to promote health and positive wellbeing, qualitative and Pacific research methods and methodologies.

Dr Fehoko is currently funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand to conduct a exploratory study on Pacific males perspectives on the strengths and harms of digital wellbeing, more specifically around social media use and addiction, online gaming and pornography. He will later explore food disorder and the influence of food advertisements from a Pacific perspective.

Dr Fehoko is also a Pacific Research Lead on a Marsden study exploring Pacific perspectives of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies.

Before moving to the University of Otago, Dr Fehoko was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland, Pacific Academic Partner at the Pacific Development Office, Manukau Institute of Technology, and a Learning Advisor at the Auckland University of Technology. Dr Fehoko is a past recipient of the Prime Ministers Pacific Youth Awards, Sunpix Pacific Peoples Education Award and has received multiple awards from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Dr Fehoko welcomes postgraduate students with an interest in mental health and addiction, qualitative research, indigenous and Pacific research methods, and methodologies.


  • Member of the Advisory Committee for Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Editorial Board Member for Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
  • Editorial Board Member for the Harm Reduction Journal


Long, N. J., Aikman, P. J., Appleton, N. S., Davies, S. G., Deckert, A., Fehoko, E., … Tunufa'i, L. (2024). On epidemiological consciousness and COVID-19: Envisioning vulnerability, hazard, and public health policy in Aotearoa New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In S. Abram, H. Lambert & J. Robinson (Eds.), How to live through a pandemic. (pp. 20-39). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003359371-2

Fehoko, E. S., Bellringer, M. E., & Fairbairn-Dunlop, P. (2023). The interface of gambling and cultural practices: A Tongan male perspective in Aotearoa | New Zealand. Frontiers in Sociology, 8, 1116312. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2023.1116312

Shaw, R. M., & Fehoko, E. (2023). Epistemic injustice and Body Mass Index: Examining Māori and Pacific women’s access to fertility treatment in Aotearoa New Zealand. Fat Studies, 12(2), 338-352. doi: 10.1080/21604851.2022.2063507

Fehoko, E. S., Fa'avae, D. T. M., Tecun, A., & Siuʻulua, S. A. (2022). Digital Vā: Pacific perspectives on the shift from 'ordinary practices' to 'extraordinary spaces' during the COVID-19 pandemic in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Anthropological Forum, 32(4), 307-324. doi: 10.1080/00664677.2023.2172549

Fehoko, E. S., Bellringer, M. E., & Fairbairn-Dunlop, P. (2022). Culture, church, and collective: A qualitative study about gambling harm prevention and reduction in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A Tongan male perspective. Harm Reduction Journal, 19, 134. doi: 10.1186/s12954-022-00717-2

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