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Research Professor; TRRHAEP

Contact details  

Tel +64 4 832 3223

Research interests and activities  

Professor Ricci Harris (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa) is a public health physician and Kaupapa Māori epidemiologist at Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare.

Her research is primarily concerned with upholding Māori rights to health and health equity as ensured by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and in-line with International Indigenous Rights.

She draws on Kaupapa Māori Research theory to undertake and develop decolonial approaches to epidemiology that centre Māori and are contextualised within systems of ongoing racism and colonialism. This has included research into the classification of ethnicity, ethnic disparities in health status and receipt of health services, and the impact of racism on Māori health and inequities.


Curtis, E., Jaung, R., Paine, S.-J., McLeod, M., Tamatea, J., Atkinson, J., … Robson, B., Reid, P., & Harris, R. B. (2024). Examining the impact of COVID-19 on Māori:non-Māori health inequities in Aotearoa, New Zealand: An observational study protocol. BMJ Open, 14, e083564. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-083564 Journal - Research Other

Pitama, S., Haitana, T., Patu, M., Robson, B., Harris, R., McKerchar, C., Clark, T., & Crengle, S. (2024). Toitū Te Tiriti. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1589), 7-11. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Waa, A., Edwards, R., & Stanley, J. (2024). The impact of racism on subsequent healthcare use and experiences for adult New Zealanders: A prospective cohort study. BMC Public Health, 24, 136. doi: 10.1186/s12889-023-17603-6 Journal - Research Article

Stanley, J., & Harris, R. B. (2023). Synthetic cohort studies using national level surveys linked to administrative health data. Proceedings of the New Zealand Biostatistics Conference. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jaung, R., Li, C., Harris, R. B., & Paine, S.-J. (2023). Caregiver experiences of racism and child mental health outcomes: Cross sectional analysis from Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1581), 28-43. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

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