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Sarah Bierre, Department of Public Health

Dr Sarah Bierre imagePhD (Otago), BA(Hons. 1st Class) (Victoria)

Research Fellow; HHRP

Contact details

Tel +64 4 918 6046
Fax +64 4 389 5319
Email sarah.bierre@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

Dr Sarah Bierre is a Research Fellow with the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago and part of He Kāinga Oranga – The Housing and Health Research Programme. She has a BA(Hons) in politics and geography from Victoria University and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Otago.

In her research she uses qualitative and critical methodologies to look at how housing policy, politics and law create and alleviate inequalities in access to affordable, secure, and decent housing, with a focus on the rental sector.

Her most recent work looks at the politics and narratives of rental housing standards, the consequences and experiences of eviction, and the function of the Tenancy Tribunal. Sarah is available to supervise Masters and PhD students in similar areas of research.

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Publications

Bierre, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Telling stories: The role of narratives in rental housing policy change in New Zealand. Housing Studies, 35(1), 29-49. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1363379

Howden-Chapman, P., Chisholm, E., Telfar Barnard, L., Viggers, H., O'Sullivan, K., Bennett, J., Bierre, S., Preval, N., Randal, E., Tiatia, R., Ombler, J., Amore, K., Rivera-Muñoz, G., … Davies, C., Aspinall, C., Oliver, J., Baker, M., Keall, M., … Crane, J., & Pierse, N. (2017). Housing, energy and health in resilient cities. In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. (pp. 95-106). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Pierse, N., Carter, K., Bierre, S., Law, D., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2016). Examining the role of tenure, household crowding and housing affordability on psychological distress, using longitudinal data. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 70(10), 961-966. doi: 10.1136/jech-2015-206716

Howden-Chapman, P., O'Sullivan, K., Bierre, S., Chisholm, E., Hamer-Adams, A., Ombler, J., & Amore, K. (2015). What effect will the 2015 budget have on housing? Policy Quarterly, 11(3), 13-19.

Bierre, S., Bennett, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2014). Decent expectations? The use and interpretation of housing standards in tenancy tribunals in New Zealand. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 26(2), 153-185.

Edited Book - Research

Bierre, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. (Eds.). (2013). Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 151p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Howden-Chapman, P., Chisholm, E., Telfar Barnard, L., Viggers, H., O'Sullivan, K., Bennett, J., Bierre, S., Preval, N., Randal, E., Tiatia, R., Ombler, J., Amore, K., Rivera-Muñoz, G., … Davies, C., Aspinall, C., Oliver, J., Baker, M., Keall, M., … Crane, J., & Pierse, N. (2017). Housing, energy and health in resilient cities. In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. (pp. 95-106). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Bierre, S., Howden-Chapman, P., & Early, L. (2013). Conclusion. In S. Bierre, P. Howden-Chapman & L. Early (Eds.), Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. (pp. 127-129). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Bierre, S., Howden-Chapman, P., & Early, L. (2013). Introduction. In S. Bierre, P. Howden-Chapman & L. Early (Eds.), Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. (pp. 7-12). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Bierre, S. (2013). Unaffordable and unhealthy: Rental housing standards and policy drift. In S. Bierre, P. Howden-Chapman & L. Early (Eds.), Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. (pp. 41-47). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Howden-Chapman, P., Bierre, S., & Cunningham, C. (2013). Building inequality. In M. Rashbrooke (Ed.), Inequality: A New Zealand crisis. (pp. 105-117). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books. doi: 10.7810/9781927131510

Howden-Chapman, P., & Bierre, S. (2008). Reducing health inequalities by improving housing. In K. Dew & A. Matheson (Eds.), Understanding health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 161-172). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Bierre, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Telling stories: The role of narratives in rental housing policy change in New Zealand. Housing Studies, 35(1), 29-49. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1363379

Pierse, N., Carter, K., Bierre, S., Law, D., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2016). Examining the role of tenure, household crowding and housing affordability on psychological distress, using longitudinal data. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 70(10), 961-966. doi: 10.1136/jech-2015-206716

Howden-Chapman, P., O'Sullivan, K., Bierre, S., Chisholm, E., Hamer-Adams, A., Ombler, J., & Amore, K. (2015). What effect will the 2015 budget have on housing? Policy Quarterly, 11(3), 13-19.

Bierre, S., Bennett, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2014). Decent expectations? The use and interpretation of housing standards in tenancy tribunals in New Zealand. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 26(2), 153-185.

Howden-Chapman, P., Baker, M. G., & Bierre, S. (2013). The houses children live in: Policies to improve housing quality. Policy Quarterly, 9(2), 35-39.

Bierre, S., Howden-Chapman, P., & Signal, L. (2010). ‘Ma and Pa’ landlords and the ‘risky’ tenant: Discourses in the New Zealand private rental sector. Housing Studies, 25(1), 21-38. doi: 10.1080/02673030903362027

Bierre, S., Howden-Chapman, P., Signal, L., & Cunningham, C. (2007). Institutional challenges in addressing healthy low-cost housing for all: Learning from past policy. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 30, 42-64.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Cotterill, L., Kjellström, T., Hales, S., & Bierre, S. (2013). Exploring the experiences and responses of heat among workers in the sheep shearing industry [Minipaper]. In J. D. Cotter, S. J. E. Lucas & T. Mündel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics (ICEE). (pp. 40-41). International Society for Environmental Ergonomics. [Full Paper]

Bierre, S., Cunningham, C., Cunningham, M., Baker, M., Robinson, J. A., Kennedy, M., Sansom, A., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2004). A healthy housing index: A collaborative approach to measuring housing condition. Proceedings of the 2nd WHO International Housing and Health Symposium. (pp. 115-122). Bonn, Germany: WHO European Centre for Environment and Health. [Full Paper]

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