Associate Professor Lynne Giddings

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Associate Professor - Research

Phone: 921 7013


Physical Address:
Room: AB214
AUT North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Auckland 0627


BA [Hons] – History; MN -Maternal-Child;
PhD – Nursing; RN, RM
Diploma of Massage Practitioners (NZATMP)

Teaching Areas:

  • Health Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Justice Issues
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Methodological Issues in Research

Research Areas:

Social Justice, Gender & Diversity issues – healthcare inequalities, marginalisation, lesbian in/visibility within nursing, education and health care, heteronormativity in academe;  Chronic Illness & Disability; Women’s Health; Oral Healthcare in the Elderly; Online Learning; Ethics & Research; Axiological issues & research;  Methodological issues & research.

Research Summary:

Lynne’s research interests are broad in terms of focus and methodology. Her work is strongly influenced by historical, critical, postmodern, and feminist philosophical and methodological approaches, especially those that use participatory methods. She is involved through publications and conference presentations in international debates concerning the use of mixed methods research, social justice issues within nursing, healthcare and education, and heteronormativity in academe.  

Recent work on social justice has focused on health disparities and its link with the culture of nursing, and lesbian academics experience of heteronormativity in their working lives. Her interest in women’s health and chronic conditions combine in her study of women aging with chronic conditions and her investigation of oral health care in older people. Lynne lives with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is active in research related to living with chronic conditions and disability and is a member of the Parkinson’s New Zealand Research Committee.

Current Research Projects:

Methodological: Feminist & feminist poststructural approaches, narrative inquiry, grounded theory, descriptive qualitative, mixed methods, hermeneutics, oral history and life history, discourse analysis
Current Research Projects: The place of values in the research process; Lesbian academics experience of heteronormativity in their working lives; How people living with a long term condition translate the information they receive from multiple health practitioners.   


Milne, L. S., & Rich, O. J. (1980).  Cognitive and affective aspects of the responses of pregnant women to sonography. Maternal-Child Nursing Journal, 10(1), 15-39.


Thomas, L., Ptak, H., Giddings, L.S., Moore, L., & Oppermann, C. (1990).  The effects of rocking, diet modifications and anti-flatulent medication on post-cesarean section gas pain. The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 4(3), 12-24.


Giddings, L. S. (1993).  The Plunket Society.  In A. Else (Ed.), Women together:  A history of women's organisations in New Zealand/Nga Ropu Wahine o te Motu.  Wellington: Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs.


Giddings, L. S. (1994).  Joanna MacKinnon: The first Plunket Nurse.  In The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Vol II, Wellington: Allen & Unwin & Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch of Internal Affairs. Updated 2003.

Giddings, L. S. (1994).  Are nurses out of touch?:  The healing art of massage in nursing. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 9(2), 44-45.
Giddings, L. S., & Wood, P. J. (1998). Revealing sexuality: Have nurses’ attitudes and knowledge changed?  Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 13(2), 11-25.


Giddings, L. S., & Smith, M. (2001). Stories of Lesbian In/Visibility in Nursing. Nursing Outlook, 49(1), 14-19.


Grant, B. M., & Giddings, L. S. (2002). Making sense of methodologies: A paradigm framework for the novice researcher. Contemporary Nurse, 13(1), 10 - 28.


Giddings, L. S. (2004). A distance online learning approach to teaching research methods: A personal story. In B. Yourn & S. Little (Eds,), Walking to different beats: Good practice and innovation in higher education (pp. 9-17). Palmerston North, NZ.: Dunmore Press.


Giddings, L. S. (2005). A theoretical model of social consciousness. Advances in Nursing Science (ANS), 28(3), 224-239.


Giddings, L. S.  (2005). Health disparities, social injustice and the culture of nursing. Nursing Research, 54(5), 304-312.


Giddings, L. S. (2006). Mixed methods research: Positivism dressed in drag? Journal of Research in Nursing, 11(3), 195 – 203.


Giddings, L. S., Campbell, S., & MacLaren, P. (2006). Going on-line to learn research methods. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 22(2), 251-267.


Giddings, L. S., & Grant, B. M. (2006). Mixed methods research for the novice researcher. Contemporary Nurse, 23(1), 3-11.


Giddings, L. S., & Grant, B. M. (2007). A Trojan Horse for positivism? A critique of mixed methods research. Advances in Nursing Science, 30(1), 52-60.


Giddings, L. S., Roy, D. E., & Predeger, E. (2007). Women’s experience of aging with a chronic condition.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 58(6), 557-565.


Koziol-McLain, Rameka. M., Giddings, L., Fyfe, E., & Gardiner, J.  (2007, April).   Partner violence prevalence among women attending a Maori health provider clinic.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 31(2), 143-148.


Smythe, L., & Giddings, L. S. (2007). From experience to definition: Addressing the question ‘What is qualitative research?’ Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 23(1), 37 – 57.


Giddings, L. S. (2008). New Zealand/Aotearoa.  In C. E. D’Avanzo (Ed.), Cultural health assessment (4th ed.) (pp. 522 –526). St Louis: Mosby.


Buetow, S., Giddings, L. S., Williams, L., & Nayar, S. (2008). Perceived unmet needs for health care among Parkinson’s Society of New Zealand members with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 14, 495-500.


Giddings, L. S., & Roy, D. E. (2008). Stigmatisation of people living with a chronic illness and/or disability. In E. Chang & A Johnson (Eds.), Chronic illness and Disability: Principles for nursing practice (pp. 66-76). Sydney: Churchill Livingston.


Giddings, L., McKenzie-Green, B., Buttle, L., & Tahana, K. (2008). Oral healthcare for older people: ‘I can’t afford not to go to the dentist, but can I afford it?’ The New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1281), 72-79.


Giddings, L. S., & Grant, B. M. (2009). From rigour to trustworthiness: Validating mixed methods. In, S. Andrew & E. J. Halcomb (Eds.), Mixed methods research for nursing and the health sciences (pp.119 – 134). Oxford, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell.


Wilson, J., & Giddings, L. (2010). Counselling women whose lives have been seriously disrupted by depression. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 30(2), 23-39.


Giddings, L. S., & Pringle, J. K. (2011). Heteronormativity at work: Stories from two lesbian academics. Women’s Studies Journal,25(2), 91-100.


Roy, D. E., & Giddings, L. S. (2012). The experiences of women (65 -74 years) living with a long-term condition in the shadow of ageing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(1), 181-190.


1978 – New Zealand Nurses Association – Commonwealth War Memorial Scholar
1994-1997 – Health Research Council (NZ) – Training Fellowship
2000 - AUT - Distinguished Teaching Award
2004 – Ministry of Education (NZ) - Represented AUT at the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards
2007 – Sage Book Award for Best Oral Presentation: "Reliability and validity: A subject for debate" presented at The Third International Mixed Methods Conference, Cambridge, UK.
2011 – AUT University VC Research Award - Member of the Gender & Diversity Research Group  who received the Emerging Research Team Award.

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