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Our people

Head of programme

Shayne Walker
Māori social services development, alternative care, social service agencies, care and protection

Academic staff

Associate Professor Nicola Atwool
Application of attachment and resilience theories to social work and therapeutic intervention; children in care and child maltreatment prevention

Emeritus Professor Amanda Barusch
Gerontology, from interpersonal relations to international policy comparisons

Associate Professor Anaru Eketone
Māori economic and social development; Kaupapa Māori

Professor Anita Gibbs
FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder); adoption and fostering; disability; social work research

Dr Marissa Kaloga
Community development; economic justice; social innovation; international social work; women’s empowerment

Associate Professor Emily Keddell
Child protection; inequalities; algorithms; decision-making

Dr Stéphanie Wahab
Violence (at the intersection of micro and macro forces); sex work; feminist social work research

Fieldwork team

Susan Wason Fieldwork Team Leader

Louie Classen

Professional Practice Fellow

Nathan Jaquiery

Administrative staff

Alison Tait Administrator Client Services

Natasha George Administrator Client Services