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BA (Hons), MEd, PhD
Postgraduate Coordinator (Master’s and PhD students)

Teaches PUBH724 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Contact details

Tel +64 3 479 9161

Research interests and activities

Emma is a social scientist with interests in qualitative research methods, education, active travel and climate change.

Her current research focuses on ways of making biking a fun, inclusive and convenient way of getting around in order to support low-carbon travel and increasing physical activity. Emma’s research projects include the HIKO e-bike pilot: a marae-led long-term e-bike loan programme in Wainuiomata, and ‘Why Bike?’ a qualitative study of families’ experiences and decision-making around cycling as a way of getting to high school.

She completed her PhD with the University of Otago, investigating health professional students’ experiences of studying topics that had parallels with their own lives.

Emma also teaches qualitative research methods and is the postgraduate coordinator for Master’s and PhD students in the Department of Public Health.

Emma is available to supervise Master’s and PhD students who are interested in using qualitative research methods, critical theoretical approaches, active transport or health professional education.


Osborne, E., Anderson, V., & Robson, B. (2021). Students as epistemological agents: Claiming life experience as real knowledge in health professional education. Higher Education, 81(4), 741-756. doi: 10.1007/s10734-020-00571-w Journal - Research Article

Osborne, E., Robson, B., & Anderson, V. (2021). When personal experience overlaps with study. Clinical Teacher, 18, 517-522. doi: 10.1111/tct.13384 Journal - Research Article

Grainger, R., Dai, W., Osborne, E., & Kenwright, D. (2018). Medical students create multiple-choice questions for learning in pathology education: A pilot study. BMC Medical Education, 18, 201. doi: 10.1186/s12909-018-1312-1 Journal - Research Article

Osborne, E. (2022). Embodied knowing in health professional education. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Now what? Reimagining hope, 'truth' and equality. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Grove, C., Grainger, R., Osborne, E., Lomax-Sawyers, I., & Wilkinson, T. (2021). Examining learning environments which acknowledge students' lived experience of the health curriculum. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. 208. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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