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PhD (Otago), MPhil (Cambridge), BA(Hons. 1st Class) (Victoria).Senior Research Fellow; HHRPDSC3137__2_Eli_photo

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Tel +64 4 832 3183

Research interests and activities

Elinor is a Senior Research Fellow for the Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Her PhD investigated the power relationship between tenant and landlord and the history of renter activism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Subsequent research has looked at eviction experiences, Healthy Housing Initiatives, and the development of mixed tenure communities.

Her current research foci include the effect of housing interventions on wellbeing, ventilation behaviour, the use of community rooms in multiunit housing, and public housing tenants' neighbourhood experiences.

Housing and Health Research Programme


Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., Keall, M., Pierse, N., Baker, M. G., Cunningham, C., … Aspinall, C., Bennett, J., Bierre, S., … Chisholm, E., Davies, C., Fougere, G., Fraser, B., Fyfe, C., Grant, L., … Halley, C., Logan-Riley, A., … Olin, C., Ombler, J., O'Sullivan, K., Pehi, T., Penny, G., … Randal, E., … Robson, B., Ruru, J., Shaw, C., … Teariki, M. A., Telfar Barnard, L., Tiatia, R., Toy-Cronin, B., … Viggers, H., … Zhang, W. (2024). He Kāinga Oranga: Reflections on 25 years of measuring the improved health, wellbeing and sustainability of healthier housing. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 54(3), 290-315. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2023.2170427 Journal - Research Other

Fraser, B., Chisholm, E., & Pierse, N. (2023). “There’s no room for falling apart:” Takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ people's experiences of homelessness in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 2253431, 1-28. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10538720.2023.2253431 Journal - Research Article

Chisholm, E., Olin, C., Randal, E., Witten, K., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2023). Placemaking and public housing: The state of knowledge and research priorities. Housing Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2023.2206799 Journal - Research Article

Chisholm, E., Robertson, O., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2022). Does the proportion of public housing tenants in a community affect their wellbeing? Results from New Zealand: A retrospective cohort study using linked administrative data. Cities, 131, 103916. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2022.103916 Journal - Research Article

Fraser, B., Chisholm, E., & Pierse, N. (2022). A failed attempt at participatory video with Takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ people who had experienced homelessness. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 21. doi: 10.1177/16094069221103663 Journal - Research Article

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