Dr John Ryks

PhD (Human Geography)


National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), University of Waikato


John's research looks at: Māori involvement in urban planning and development; collaborative and community-based decision-making; indicator development for measuring social wellbeing; mapping inequalities in urban and regional planning; social policy; Māori Affairs policy; research-policy interface.

Between 2002-2012 he held senior research positions with the Ministry of Social Development, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. From 2012-2015 he ran his own research consultancy, leading research for the Health Promotion Agency, Families Commission and Te Puni Kōkiri.

He was also project leader for Tāone Tupu Ora, part of the wider Resilient Urban Futures programme of research funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and led by the University of Otago. Tāone Tupu Ora research includes analysing and mapping mana whenua and taura here population change in urban environments using iwi census data and GIS.

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Premature mortality resilience and wellbeing within urban Māori communitiesHealth & Place, 43: 49–56, January 2017
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Mapping urban Māori: A population-based study of Māori heterogeneityNew Zealand Geographer, 72, 1, April 2016
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Māori participation in urban development: Challenges and opportunities for indigenous people in Aotearoa New ZealandLincoln Planning Review, 6, 1-2, 2014
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