Principal Researchers

Albert L Refiti – Spatial & architectural theory; Pacific cultural studies and anthropology (

Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul – Spatial and cultural theories and practices; transcultural, non-traditional postgraduate research supervision; alternative ontologies and epistemologies (

Associate Researchers

Fleur Palmer – Architecture, community activism, participatory action research, self-determination of Indigenous peoples

Rafik Patel – Architecture, drawing, ethnography and cultural studies, Oriental spaces in the Pacific (current PhD candidate).

I’uogafa Tuagalu – Pacific History, Samoan Thought, Vā studies, ethnography and ontology (current PhD candidate).

Carl Douglas – New forms of public space and infrastructures, global meshworks in the Pacific (current PhD candidate).

Nooroa Tapuni – Mangaian Cybernetic continuum, Media arts, Emerging technologies (VR), creativity and innovation,  contemporary art (Asia / Pacific).

Dr Keri Wikitera (AUT, NZIT) – Māori Tourism, Māori identity, Kaupapa Māori Research, Indigenous Tourism.

Postgraduate Candidates

Ngahuia Harrison (PhD) Ahakoa te ana ki te whenua, e noho ana ahau ki te moana. E taria aki tinana ki ta wahi i te awa (Though you stand on the land, you sit also on the sea. My body will follow the river).

‘Aisea Mahina (PhD) Aesthetics of process and outcome: towards a Tongan philosophy of performance art.

Nova Paul (PhD) is enrolled at Waikato University but participates in our activities

Rowena Fuluifaga (MPhil) A snapshot of the diasporic notion of vā within a Samoan village.

Waiana Jones (MPhil) Mana Wahine. Nga korero tuku iho no Tuhourangi me Ngati Wahiao. Counter memories of Maori women and strentgh of Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao.

Lana Lopesi (MPhil) The white seas of diaspora: Indigenising the archive as practice

Annabel Setefano (BA&D, Hons) Beyond the glass case: Re-imaging a Pacific Portayal.

Tara Ngari (BA&D, Hons) Kapikianga – A manifestation of materiality.

Shannon Smith (BA&D, Hons) Culture intervention.

Kate Nalesu (BA&D, Hons) Discovering a new world hidden in mythopraxis.

Tima Al-saedy (BA&D, Hons) Zakhrafa.

Our associate researcher at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, is Assoc. Prof. Moana Nepia, co-founder of Pacific Spaces.

Our advisors in Aotearoa are Prof. Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop (AUT) and Prof. Robert Jahnke (Massey University).

Our affiliates are positioned in academic and professional environments in Aoteroa, the Pacific, the US, and Europe:

Prof Malama Meleisea (NUS, Samoa, Pacific history).

Prof ‘Okusitino Mahina (Vava’u Acad, Tonga, Pacific theoretical anthropology).

Prof Tevita Ka’ili (BYU Hawai’i, Pacific cultural history, anthropology).

Assoc Prof Sa’iliemanu Lilomaiava-Doktor (Uo Hawai’i, cultural geography).

Prof Matori Yamamoto (Hosei University, Tokyo, anthropology, economy)

Assist Prof Jake Culbertson (Haverford College, anthropology of architecture)

Dr Amiria Salmond (Düsseldorf, Germany, theoretical material anthropology).

Dr Carl Mika (Uo Waikato, philosophy of education, mātauranga Māori).

Marilyn Kohlhase (Pacific arts and community consultant)

Lemi Ponifasio (MAU dance theatre, choreography, dramaturgy).

Dr Ross Jenner (UoA, architecture and architectural history & theory).

Dr Billie Lythberg (UoA, visual anthropology).

Assoc Prof Deirdre Brown (UoA, history of Māori architecture).

Rameka Tu’inukuafe (Jasmax, architecture).

Elisapeta Heta (Jasmax, architecture).

Robert Pouwhare (AUT, Te Ara Poutama) Video making, mātauranga and tikanga Māori.

Benita Kumar Simati (AUT, Te Ara Poutama) Spatial design, Pacific communities and identities.

Dr Azadeh Emadi (University of Glasgow, School of Culture & Creative Arts) Transnational, intercultural cinema, media and performance arts.