Marama Muru-Lanning is an Associate Professor and Director of the James Henare Māori Research Centre at the University of Auckland. Her research is primarily concerned with debates and critical challenges in social anthropology where she focuses on the cultural specificity of iwi-Māori and their unique sense of place and belonging in New Zealand. Marama’s current research focuses on the commodification and privatisation of water and other natural resources. She also leads a number of kaumātua and interdisciplinary research projects. Her book Tūpuna Awa: People and Politics of the Waikato River, was published by Auckland University Press in 2016. Marama is from Tūrangawaewae Marae and is of Waikato Tainui and Ngāti Maniapoto descent.