Dr Catherine Conn

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Senior Lecturer

Email: cath.conn@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4224-1112

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Academic appointments:

  • Programme Leader Postgraduate Public Health, Auckland University of Technology (2011 - 2013)
  • Head of Department, Public Health, Auckland University of Technology (2013 - 2016)

Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Public Sector Management, University of Leeds
  • PGCertTLHE, University of Leeds
  • PGDipBusAdmin, Henley Management College
  • Master of International Community Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • BSc Social Science, Bath University

Overview:

Dr Cath Conn is currently Associate Head of School, Public Health and Psychosocial Studies at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. A lifelong career in global health and development has included roles as primary health care adviser, The Gambia, with Save the Children, and lead consultant for the Department for International Development UK, Nigeria; policy consultant with CARE in Uganda and Swedish Aid/SIDA in Laos and Vietnam; researcher and teacher at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and Nuffield Centre of International Health and Development, Leeds University. Her current focus is on supporting planetary heath and SDGs in the Pacific.

Research interests:

Cath's current research focuses on planetary health and sustainability in the Pacific, including sustainable food systems and heathy cities; young health prosumers, entrepreneurs and leaders; participatory and action research. Cath is founding editor of 'Pacific Health' an online journal launched in 2018 (https://ojs.aut.ac.nz/pacific-health/index.php/pacifichealth).

Teaching summary:

Cath is leading transformation of undergraduate and postgraduate public and environmental health for a 21st century agenda.

Fields of research:

  • Other Environmental Sciences
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Public Policy
  • Urban Policy

Featured professional activities

    Research outputs:

    Featured research outputs

    • Conn, C., Sa'uLilo, L., Fernández, D., & Wilson, K. (2019). Perceptions of Vanuatu seasonal workers on conducting oral health promotion in their community. Pacific Health, 2. doi:10.24135/pacifichealth.v2i0.40

    • Said, A., Conn, C., & Nayar, S. (2018). New Zealand should intensify efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030: The views of women from communities that practice FGM/C. Pacific Health, 1(1), 1-7. doi:10.24135/pacifichealth.v1i1.10

    • Kersey, K., Lees, A., Conn, C., Cochrane, T., Narayan, V., & Williams, M. (2018). “Context matters”: The challenges and opportunities of designing tertiary public and environmental health education in South Auckland. Pacific Health, 1(1), 1-12. doi:10.24135/pacifichealth.v1i1.8

    • Conn, C., Modderman, K., & Nayar, S. S. (2017). Strengthening participation by young women sex workers in HIV programs: Reflections on a study from Bangkok, Thailand. International Journal of Women's Health, 9. doi:10.2147/IJWH.S141996

    • Conn, C., Nayar, S., Lubis, D., Maibvisira, C., & Modderman, K. (2017). Vulnerable youth as prosumers in HIV prevention: Studies using
      participatory action research. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 3(3). doi:10.2196/publichealth.7812

    • Thuita, W., Conn, C., & Wilson, K. (2017). The role of marginalised women in sanitation initiatives: Somali women in northern Kenya. Development in Practice, 27(1). Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/

    • Conn, C., Said, A., Sa'uLilo, L., Fairbairn Dunlop, P., Antonczak, L., Andajani, S., & Blake, G. O. (2016). Pacific Talanoa and participatory action research: Providing a space for Auckland youth leaders to contest inequalities. Development Bulletin, 77. Retrieved from https://crawford.anu.edu.au/rmap/devnet/dev-bulletin-77.php

    • Gurung, Y., & Conn, C. (2015). Indigenous Thami youth participation: The early marriage and early pregnancy prevention project in Nepal. In International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2014 Proceedings (pp. 121-126). Auckland: Nga pae o te Maratanga. doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.2566.8244

    • Maibvisira, C., Conn, C., & Nayar, S. (2015). Diverse youth voices and New Zealand public policy. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 10(1). doi:10.1080/17450128.2014.963774

    • Conn, C., & Diesfeld, K. (2014). The public's health, inequalities and social justice. In AUT Public Health Bulletin - Special Archive Issue.

    • Conn, C. (2013). Young African women must have empowering and receptive social environments for HIV prevention. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 25(3). doi:10.1080/09540121.2012.712659

    • Waite, L., & Conn, C. P. (2012). Participatory video drama: A feminist way of seeing?. In E. -J. Milne, C. Mitchell, & N. De Lange (Eds.), Handbook of participatory video. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759121133

    • Waite, L., & Conn, C. (2011). Creating a space for young women's voices: using 'participatory video drama' in Uganda. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 18(1). Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/

    • Green, A., Shaw, J., Dimmock, F., & Conn, C. (2002). A shared mission? Changing relationships between government and church health services in Africa. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 17(4), 333-353. doi:10.1002/hpm.685

    • Conn, C. P., Jenkins, P., & Touray, S. O. (1996). Strengthening health management: Experience of district teams in The Gambia. Health Policy and Planning, 11(1), 64-71. doi:10.1093/heapol/11.1.64

    Journal articles

    • Nyalapa, M. W., & Conn, C. (2019). HIV/AIDS among young women in Malawi: A review of risk factors and Interventions. Pacific Health, 2, 1-12. doi:10.24135/pacifichealth.v2i0.9

    • Conn, C., Sa'uLilo, L., Fernández, D., & Wilson, K. (2019). Perceptions of Vanuatu seasonal workers on conducting oral health promotion in their community. Pacific Health, 2. doi:10.24135/pacifichealth.v2i0.40

    • Said, A., Conn, C., & Nayar, S. (2018). New Zealand should intensify efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030: The views of women from communities that practice FGM/C. Pacific Health, 1(1), 1-7. doi:10.24135/pacifichealth.v1i1.10

    • Kersey, K., Lees, A., Conn, C., Cochrane, T., Narayan, V., & Williams, M. (2018). “Context matters”: The challenges and opportunities of designing tertiary public and environmental health education in South Auckland. Pacific Health, 1(1), 1-12. doi:10.24135/pacifichealth.v1i1.8

    • Conn, C., Modderman, K., & Nayar, S. S. (2017). Strengthening participation by young women sex workers in HIV programs: Reflections on a study from Bangkok, Thailand. International Journal of Women's Health, 9. doi:10.2147/IJWH.S141996

    • Conn, C., Nayar, S., Lubis, D., Maibvisira, C., & Modderman, K. (2017). Vulnerable youth as prosumers in HIV prevention: Studies using
      participatory action research. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 3(3). doi:10.2196/publichealth.7812

    • Thuita, W., Conn, C., & Wilson, K. (2017). The role of marginalised women in sanitation initiatives: Somali women in northern Kenya. Development in Practice, 27(1). Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/

    • Andajani-Sutjahjo, S., Larue, J., Conn, C., Wilson, S., & Davies, P. (2016). Barriers to the promotion and fulfilment of the sexual health rights and needs of adolescents in Seychelles. University of Mauritius Research Journal, 22.

    • Conn, C., Said, A., Sa'uLilo, L., Fairbairn Dunlop, P., Antonczak, L., Andajani, S., & Blake, G. O. (2016). Pacific Talanoa and participatory action research: Providing a space for Auckland youth leaders to contest inequalities. Development Bulletin, 77. Retrieved from https://crawford.anu.edu.au/rmap/devnet/dev-bulletin-77.php

    • Maibvisira, C., Conn, C., & Nayar, S. (2015). Diverse youth voices and New Zealand public policy. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 10(1). doi:10.1080/17450128.2014.963774

    • Kamrul, H., Conn, C., & Wilson, K. (2014). Users discourses about primary health care professionals in rural Bangladesh. AUT Public Health Bulletin. Retrieved from http://www.aut.ac.nz/

    • Conn, C., Modderman, K., & Nayar, S. (2013). At the limits of participation: 'Most at risk' populations and HIV programmes. Development Bulletin, 75. Retrieved from http://crawford.anu.edu.au/rmap/devnet/dev-bulletin.php

    • Conn, C. (2013). Young African women must have empowering and receptive social environments for HIV prevention. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 25(3). doi:10.1080/09540121.2012.712659

    • Waite, L., & Conn, C. (2011). Creating a space for young women's voices: using 'participatory video drama' in Uganda. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 18(1). Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/

    • Green, A., Shaw, J., Dimmock, F., & Conn, C. (2002). A shared mission? Changing relationships between government and church health services in Africa. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 17(4), 333-353. doi:10.1002/hpm.685

    • Conn, C. P., Jenkins, P., & Touray, S. O. (1996). Strengthening health management: Experience of district teams in The Gambia. Health Policy and Planning, 11(1), 64-71. doi:10.1093/heapol/11.1.64

    Creative works

    • Antonczak, L., Lienart, N., Smith, P., Conn, C., & Cammock, R. (2018). BELE – A participatory approach to Pacific youth contributing to health goals and Sustainable Economic Development (No. Of Pieces: 1) [Artefact]. Online: NZIPR. Retrieved from https://bele.community/

    Book chapters

    • Waite, L., & Conn, C. P. (2012). Participatory video drama: A feminist way of seeing?. In E. -J. Milne, C. Mitchell, & N. De Lange (Eds.), Handbook of participatory video. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759121133

    Conference contributions

    • Cammock, R., Conn, C., Antonczak, L., & Sa'uLilo, L. (2018). Using Talanoa epistemology and participatory action research with young entrepreneurs in healthy eating enterprises in Suva, Fiji. In OCEANS & ISLANDS - A conference for Pacific research. Auckland: New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research. Retrieved from http://nzipr2018.nz/

    • Conn, C., Sa'uLilo, L., Said, A., Andajani, S., & Antonczak, L. (2015). Can Auckland refugee and Pacific youth leaders influence decisions through mobile technologies?. In 5th ACFID University Network Conference: Evidence and practice in an age of inequality. Melbourne.

    • Gurung, Y., & Conn, C. (2015). Indigenous Thami youth participation: The early marriage and early pregnancy prevention project in Nepal. In International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2014 Proceedings (pp. 121-126). Auckland: Nga pae o te Maratanga. doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.2566.8244

    • Conn, C., Andajani, S., Baker, E., Said, A., Sa'uLilo, L., & Elston, D. (2014). Using mobile technology to enhance Pacific youth leadership for health. In 4th Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation Symposium 2014. Auckland.

    • Sa’uLilo,, L., Conn, C., Andajani, S., & Antonczak, L. (2014). Pacific youth leaders providing their health solutions. In International Pacific Health Conference (pp. 22-23). Auckland. Retrieved from http://pacificconference.hrc.govt.nz/

    • Conn, C. (2013). Sylvia’s story: Applied theatre, HIV prevention and young women of Busoga, Eastern Uganda. In 3rd International Symposium on Applied Theatre: Critical journeys in applied theatre. Auckland.

    • Gurung, Y., & Conn, C. (2013). Indigenous Thami youth and the early marriage and pregnancy programme. In Indigenous development conference. University of Auckland.

    • Conn,, C. (2013). Connecting the diverse worlds of art and public health: Can visual methods aid in addressing health inequalities?. In 3rd International Visual Methods Conference. Wellington.

    • Conn, C., Modderman, K., & Nayar, S. (2013). At the limits of participation: 'Most at risk' populations and HIV programs. In Development Bulletin Vol. 75 (pp. 10-13). Canberra: Development Studies Network Ltd.

    • Conn, C., Modderman, K., & Nayar, S. (2012). At the limits of participatory development: Meaningful participation by young sex workers in HIV policy and programmes in Thailand. In 3rd Conference of the Australian Council of International Development (ACFID). Canberra.

    • Conn, C. (2012). At the limits of participatory development: Moving from tokenism to activism for young African women’s participation. In The Challenges for Participatory in Contemporary Development Practice: 3rd Conference of Australian Council of International Development (ACFID). Canberra.

    • Conn, C., & Nayar, S. (2012). Locating youth, gender, and voice in integrated approaches to HIV research, policy and practice. In International Development Conference 2012 New Zealand. Auckland.

    Reports

    • Emmel, N., & Conn, C. (2004). Towards community involvement: Strategies for health and social care providers: Nuffield Portfolio Programme Report 21 (21). Leeds, UK.

    • Conn, C. P., & Walford, V. (1998). An Introduction to health insurance for low income countries. UK.

    Theses

    • Conn, C. (2010). Girls are People Who at Least Know Something: Hearing Young Women's Voices and HIV/AIDS. (University of Leeds, Leeds).

    Oral presentations

    • Conn, C., Cammock, R., Blake, G., Sa'uLilo, L., Antonczak, L., & Smith, P. (2018). Pacific youth enterprise for vegetable and fruit eating: a Fiji study. Auckland University of Technology.

    Working paper/discussions

    • Redstone, N., & Conn, C. (2011). Sexual Health and 'Asian' and 'Pacific' Young People from Auckland Diasporas'. University of Auckland Centre for Development Studies. Retrieved from http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/

    Other outputs

    • Antonczak, L., Lienart, N., Smith, P., Conn, C., Cammock, R., Blake, G., & Sa'uLilo, L. (2018). Young Fijian entrepreneurs empowering health eating through Mobile Social Media. NZIPR. Retrieved from https://bele.community/

    • Conn, C., & Diesfeld, K. (2014). The public's health, inequalities and social justice. In AUT Public Health Bulletin - Special Archive Issue.

    • Conn, C., & Waite, L. (2010). Young women's voices and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. In Journal of Health Organization and Management (Iss. 5). Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/