Professor Joanna Kidman
Professor of Māori Education, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). Joanna is a sociologist with affiliations to Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Raukawa. Her work spans indigenous sociology, Māori youth, higher education, decolonisation studies and comparative education.
Joanna will be appointed on a three-year term.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley
Honorary Research Associate, Massey University. Paul was, until 2019, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. He retired from the university in April 2021. He has researched and written on social cohesion and diversity, racism, Pākehā identity, demographic change, the far right, white supremacism and anti-semitism, immigration policy and settlement.
Paul will be appointed as an interim Co-Director for up to a year, to work alongside Joanna in establishing the Centre. A longer-term Co-Director will be sought during this period.