Joanna Kidman

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Associate Professor Te Kura Maori


PhD (ANU), Dip.Ed.Stud.


Joanna is a sociologist with a wide range of interests in youth studies, comparative education, cultural and indigenous studies in education and higher education. She is particularly interested in conflict studies and the interplay of power relations between different groups of people. Much of her work focuses on understanding how people from various ethnic, cultural,  religious and social class backgrounds engage with education environments and systems and their sense of belonging or alienation within those contexts.

Joanna is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of comparative education, sociology of education, cultural and indigenous studies in education, higher education (especially postgraduate education) and youth studies.

Current research project

Ngā Moemoea ō Ᾱpōpō: Empowering Taiohi Māori Leaders for the Future. Lead researcher with Huia Jahnke (Massey University) and Patricia Johnston (Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi). Funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence).

Recently completed research

Kidman, J., Chu, C., Fernandez, S. & Abella, I. (2015). Maori scholars and the University. A Technical Report funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

Recently completed supervision (since 2012)

  • Hine Funaki, (2017). “At least I have a house to live in”: Māori and Pacific young people’s hopes and fears about the future. MA (Education)
  • Sean Fernandez, (2016). Intersections between Pacific leadership and international development. PhD.
  • Milka Otieno, (2016). The influence of school matrons on girls’ educational experiences and social participation in Tanzania. PhD.
  • Brian Tweed, (2016). Tātai kōrero i ngaro, Tātai kōrero e rangona; Legitimation and the learning of curriculum mathematics in an indigenous Māori school. PhD.
  • Antonio Quiroga Garcia, (2015). Perspectives of learning during the transition from secondary school to university: A comparative study of first generation university students in Chile and New Zealand. PhD.
  • Zawadi Juma, (2015). Exploring the development of biological literacy in Tanzanian junior secondary school students. PhD.
  • Anita Jimmie Jemut, (2013). Cultural capital and student engagement at a Malaysian university. PhD.
  • Rachel Tallon, (2013). What do young people think about development?: An exploration into the meanings young people make from NGO media. PhD.
  • My Ngoc Doan, (2012) Cambodian and Laotian students’ experience of language barriers, cultural differences and teacher-student rapport in a University in Vietnam: A grounded theory approach. MEd.

Current supervision

  • Liana MacDonald. Teaching from the margins: Navigating critical approaches to text, identity and biculturalism through the lived experiences of Māori English secondary school teachers. PhD.
  • Marian MacDonald. Academic women’s experiences of intersectionality in higher education: Navigations, negotiations and relationships on contested ground. PhD.
  • Ariti Ransfield. Off the radar: Urban kohine Māori
  • Ho Trung Hau. International postgraduate students from Asian countries in New Zealand universities: Their learning experiences and beliefs. PhD.

Recent Publications