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Marissa Kaloga

Marissa Kaloga imageLecturer in Social Work

Contact details

Room 5C22a, Richardson Building
Tel +64 3 479 7652
Email marissa.kaloga@otago.ac.nz

Dr Kaloga is a lecturer at University of Otago’s Social and Community Work programme, and coordinates the Communities and Organizations series. She received her MSW and PhD in Social Work with an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health from The Ohio State University. As a US Fulbright Scholar, she led research on women’s entrepreneurship at Sonfonia University’s Center for Research on Society, Democracy, and Sustainable Development in Conakry, Guinea. In addition, she was Director of Innovation at the Economic and Community Development Institute, a leading microfinance non-profit in the US that focuses on entrepreneurship for minority populations.

Her research focuses on women’s financial inclusion and economic justice, examining innovative grassroots strategies to support family and strengthen community. Through her mixed-methods research in Africa, Asia, and the U.S. she has worked with vulnerable and marginalized populations such as sex workers, refugees, and women in extreme poverty. She is currently focused on research that looks at dismantling inequality through sustainable community economic development both in West Africa and New Zealand, specifically the role of building formal and informal entrepreneurial ecosystems to promote inclusive entrepreneurship.

Supervision

I have the capacity to take on new PhD students in 2020. I am interested in hearing about your doctoral research idea in the following areas:

  • Economic Justice and Financial Inclusion
  • Social Innovation/ Social Development
  • Community Economic Development
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • International Social Work

If your project is in these or any related area of social work or community development, please contact me via email at marissa.kaloga@otago.ac.nz. Applicants with outstanding academic achievement are eligible to apply for University of Otago PhD full scholarships.

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Publications

Jaquiery, N., Kaloga, M., & Wason, S. E. (2020). Aroha, Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga: Social work educators' reflections on the Covid-19 lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 32(2), 65-70.

Bornstein, M., Huber-Krum, K., Kaloga, M., & Norris, A. (2020). Messages around contraceptive use and implications in rural Malawi. Culture, Health & Sexuality. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2020.1764625

Beaujolais, B., Kaloga, M., Karandikar, S., Gezinski, L. B., Kadambari, P., & Maskey, K. (2020). Client-perpetrated violence toward female sex workers in Kathmandu. Violence Against Women, 26(2), 249-267. doi: 10.1177/1077801219832117

Kaloga, M. (2019, November). Leading circles: Group micro-lending for refugee women in Ohio, USA. Verbal presentation at the Migration, Health and Wellbeing Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kaloga, M., Karandikar, S., Gezinski, L. B., & McCloskey, R. J. (2019). Health concerns and access to services: Female sex workers’ experiences in Mumbai, India. World Medical & Health Policy, 11(2), 148-162. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.298

Karandikar, S. A., Gezinski, L. B., & Kaloga, M. E. P. (2015). Health care among sex-trafficked women and girls in India. In B. D. Friedman & J. Merrick (Eds.), Public health, social work and health inequalities. (pp. 233-248). New York, NY: Nova Science.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beaujolais, B., Kaloga, M., Karandikar, S., Gezinski, L. B., Kadambari, P., & Maskey, K. (2020). Client-perpetrated violence toward female sex workers in Kathmandu. Violence Against Women, 26(2), 249-267. doi: 10.1177/1077801219832117

Journal - Research Article

Bornstein, M., Huber-Krum, K., Kaloga, M., & Norris, A. (2020). Messages around contraceptive use and implications in rural Malawi. Culture, Health & Sexuality. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2020.1764625

Journal - Research Article

Kaloga, M., Karandikar, S., Gezinski, L. B., & McCloskey, R. J. (2019). Health concerns and access to services: Female sex workers’ experiences in Mumbai, India. World Medical & Health Policy, 11(2), 148-162. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.298

Journal - Research Article

Gezinski, L. B., Karandikar, S., White, M., & Kaloga, M. (2016). "I may not know you but I know you'll make great parents": An analysis of egg donor profiles. International Journal of Child Health & Human Development, 9(2), 251-261.

Journal - Research Article

Karandikar, S. A., Gezinski, L. B., & Kaloga, M. E. P. (2016). "Even God does not want me": A qualitative study of health issues and access to health care among sex-trafficked women and girls in India. International Public Health Journal, 8(2, Suppl.), 283-294.

Journal - Research Article

Karandikar, S., Gezinski, L. B., Carter, J. R., & Kaloga, M. (2014). Economic necessity or noble cause? A qualitative study exploring motivations for gestational surrogacy in Gujarat, India. Affilia, 29(2), 224-236. doi: 10.1177/0886109913516455

Journal - Research Article

Jaquiery, N., Kaloga, M., & Wason, S. E. (2020). Aroha, Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga: Social work educators' reflections on the Covid-19 lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 32(2), 65-70.

Journal - Research Other

Karandikar, S., Gezinski, L., Carter, J., & Kaloga, M. (2019). Examination of the motivations, supports, and stigma experienced by gestational surrogates in Gujarat, India. Proceedings of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from https://apha.confex.com/apha/142am/webprogram/Paper306311.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kaloga, M. (2019, November). Leading circles: Group micro-lending for refugee women in Ohio, USA. Verbal presentation at the Migration, Health and Wellbeing Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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