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Sarah BierrePhD (Otago), BA(Hons. 1st Class) (Victoria)Senior Research Fellow; HHRP

Contact details

Tel +64 4 918 6046
Fax +64 4 389 5319

Research interests and activities

Dr Sarah Bierre is a Senior 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.


Bierre, S., Keall, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2023). Framing home injury: Opportunities and barriers to regulating for safer rental housing in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Housing Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2023.2224242

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., … Halley, C., … Olin, C., Ombler, J., O'Sullivan, K., Pehi, T., Penny, G., … Randal, E., Riggs, L., Robson, B., Ruru, J., Shaw, C., … Teariki, M. A., Telfar Barnard, L., Tiatia, R., … Viggers, H., … Zhang, W. (2023). 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. Advance online publication. [Review].

Bierre, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). The theory and practice of a politics of compassion in the private rental sector: A study of Aotearoa, NZ and ‘kindness’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Housing Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19491247.2022.2133341

Chisholm, E., Bierre, S., Davies, C., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). 'That house was a home': Qualitative evidence from New Zealand on the connections between rental housing eviction and poor health outcomes. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 33, 861-868. doi: 10.1002/hpja.526

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

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