Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD scholarship to explore reproductive health through a co-production process.

“Most New Zealanders want to live in a society that values girls, women, wāhine, intersex, trans women and non-binary people. But, when it comes to our health system, New Zealand is failing us. We need change to happen now.” – Gender Justice Collective

Are you interested in being part of a research project aiming at understanding the experiences of health of people with uteruses? How might we think more widely about women’s health, the health of those assigned female at birth, and the health of gender diverse peoples, and learn from their lived experiences?

Using a participatory public engagement process (co-production), this research project will make the public(s) equal partners in research and subsequent development of services and solutions for reproductive health. This means understanding and exploring cultural responsiveness, and engaging with diverse audiences, users, stakeholders and interested parties in co-planning, co-designing, co-delivery and co-evaluation of the project.

You will undertake this project using a co-production approach and participatory design methods and upholding the values of equity, diversity, access and inclusion.

The project would be well suited to a Māori or Pacific student.


This scholarship is only open to residents of New Zealand and Australia. We are happy to consider students from a diverse range of fields, however knowledge of participatory design methodologies and an interest in inclusive research approaches will be an advantage for this project.

The successful candidate will hold, or expect to complete soon, a masters degree, or similar, in a relevant discipline.

Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply, as are students with family commitments. Our research group aims to achieve work-life balance within a productive scientific environment.


The best place for you to be based during your studies is the College of Creative Arts, Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. There will also be connection and engagement with Victoria University of Wellington. You will be jointly supervised by Associate Professor Anna Brown (Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, Massey University), Associate Professor Rhian Salmon (Victoria University of Wellington) and Professor Claire Robinson (College of Creative Arts, Massey University). Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles (University of Auckland) and Kate Hannah (University of Auckland) will also be available in mentoring roles.

You will be part of Te Pūnaha Matatini, the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for Complex Systems. Te Pūnaha Matatini brings together different disciplines, ways of thought, methods, and people to define and solve society’s thorny interconnected problems.


Informal enquiries are welcome by email:

Financial details

  • Full tuition fees for three years full-time study
  • Stipend of NZ$28,500 per year for three years (tax free)

Start date

Start date is flexible but would preferably be between September 2021 and March 2022.

How to apply

Send an email expressing your interest, along with a CV, academic record, and list of three potential referees to Anna Brown at

Due date

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications received by 30 August 2021 will receive full consideration.