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

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Tel +64 27 782 8469

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.

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. Sarah currently leads a strand of work on governance, wellbeing and public housing under an MBIE-funded research programme examining the maximisation of wellbeing in public housing.

Sarah is available to supervise Masters and PhD students in similar areas of research.


Fraser, B., Aspinall, C., Chisholm, E., Ombler, J., Bierre, S., Telfar-Barnard, L., Johnson, E., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2024). A snapshot of a fragmented landscape: Homelessness law and policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. In C. Bevan (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of global perspectives on homelessness, law & policy. (pp. 500-516). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003274056-35 Chapter in Book - Research

Ombler, J., Jiang, T., Fraser, B., Nelson, J., McMinn, C., Hawkes, K., … Pehi, T., Aspinall, C., Bierre, S., … Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2024). Five-year post-housing outcomes for a Housing First cohort in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal on Homelessness, 4(1), 1-17. doi: 10.5206/ijoh.2023.3.16747 Journal - Research Article

Bierre, S., Keall, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2024). Why don't we make rental housing safer? The Briefing, (6 March). Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Keall, M. D., Pierse, N., Cunningham, C. W., Baker, M. G., Bierre, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2024). Factors associated with uptake of no-cost safety modifications to home access steps: Implications for equity and policy. Safety, 10, 7. doi: 10.3390/safety10010007 Journal - Research Article

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

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