JUNIOR RESEARCH OFFICERS (JRO)

Balamohan Shingade

JRO, Massey University and MLitt candidate in Philosophy at the University of Auckland

Balamohan Shingade is a Junior Research Officer with CARE, Massey University, and a candidate for the MLitt in Philosophy at the University of Auckland. From 2017 – 2020, he was the Assistant Director and Curator of St Paul St Gallery, Auckland University of Technology. He is a Masters graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts, where he was formerly employed as a Teaching Fellow. Balamohan is also a Hindustani classical singer and publisher at Heron Park.

 

 

 

 

 


Francine Whittfield

JRO, Master’s student Massey University and Bachelor of Health Science in Health Promotion

Francine Whittfield is a Junior Research Officer and Master’s student in the Center of Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing Massey University, Palmerston North, Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Francine completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) in 2020. Cementing her interest for inequitable experiences for minority populations throughout life, specifically those experiencing sexual violence.

Her Master’s studies are leading her down the path to critically examine the lived experience of sexual violence disclosure for minority populations. Before commencing her Bachelor study Francine worked as a Dispensary Technician in Community Pharmacy in Flat Bush, South Auckland


Pooja Jayan

JRO and PhD student, School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University

Pooja Jayan is a Junior Research Officer and PhD student in the Center of Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, Palmerston North, Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Pooja’s current research interests are in health communication, specifically looking at health experiences and inequalities among marginalized communities. Her doctoral thesis looks at the health and wellbeing of migrant Indian nurses in New Zealand. She received the Society for Research on Women Research Award (SROW). 

In her research projects in New Zealand and India, she engages with migrants, refugees, women, and minority communities experiencing marginalization. 


Md Mahbubur Rahman

JRO & PhD Student, School of Communication Journalism & Marketing, Massey University

 

Md Mahbubur Rahman is a Junior Research Officer at Center for Culture-Centered Approach for Research & Evaluation (CARE). He is now pursuing a PhD at Massey University, New Zealand at Manawatu Campus.

His PhD research topic is “Health Communication among the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.” At CARE he is dealing with the Refugee and new migrant communities of New Zealand utilizing Kaupapa Māori theories and working on communication research using participatory and Culture-Centered Approach (CCA) theories to develop community driven communication solutions. His primary research interests include health communication, media communication, intercultural communication, migrant health, refugee health, pharmacy and medicine.

Before commencing his PhD study, Md Mahbubur Rahman has been working as a News Producer at Bangladesh Television (BTV) for more than 9 years and as a Program Producer in Bangladesh Betar (Radio Bangladesh) for more than 8 years. Besides he has been working as a Senior Lecturer, Pharmacy at University of Development Alternative, UODA, Bangladesh in 2009-2010 session and then continued to participate at the research activities of the Pharmacy department of UODA. He is a NOMA (NORAD’s Programme for Master Studies) scholar as he has been offered NOMA scholarship of Norway in 2009 for doing his Regional Masters in Journalism, Media and Communication degree. His Master dissertation titled “Credibility of Al Jazeera English (AJE) News in Bangladesh” examined the credibility of various news channels in Bangladesh like BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and some local channels. He has been awarded Gold Medal (Chancellor Award) in his MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree in 2006. He is also a registered Pharmacist of Bangladesh.


Ngā Hau/Christine Elers

Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa

JRO and PhD student, School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University

Through her mother, Christine’s Iwi or tribal affiliations are Ngāti Kauwhata in the Manawatū, where she was born and has lived most of her life. She is also affiliated to the tribal nations of Ngāti Hauā and Ngāti Maniapoto in Waikato.

Through her father, she traces descendancy to the tribal nations of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitāne in Wairarapa and Ngai Tahu in the South Island. Christine is a Junior Research Officer at CARE, the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, Palmerston North.

She is also a PhD student utilising the Culture-Centered Approach to build infrastructures for voice amongst Māori with lived realities of multiple socioeconomic and communicative disparities.