Senior Lecturer

Dr Anne-Marie Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in Māori physical education and health and joined the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Otago in 2011. 

Since 2017, she has been the Associate Dean External Engagement for the School.

She is the co-Director of Te Koronga.  Te Koronga is a programme of Māori research excellence that focuses on mauri ora or flourishing wellness for Māori communities.  There are two parts to Te Koronga: the first is Māori graduate research excellence; and the second is indigenous science.  She also co-leads Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai, a research group that highlights the importance of the marine environment for Māori communities.

Her research is primarily about: Māori physical education and health; Tangaroa and the marine environment; waka and water safety; and indigenous science.  She primarily utilises kaupapa Māori theory and is strongly grounded in praxis, namely through running hui and wānanga with Māori communities.  She is a member of the National Science Challenge Sustainable Seas, and a Principal Investigator on two Centres of Research Excellence; Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and Brain Research New Zealand.

As well as her teaching and research, Anne-Marie is also involved in her community as an advisor to the East Otago Taiāpure Management Committee, a member of Hauteruruku Waka ki Puketeraki (Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki), a member of Te Houhanga-a-Rongo Marae Centenary Committee (Ngāti Whātua), a mentor and Futures Group member at Te Taitimu Trust (Ngāti Kahungunu), a kaiako in Te Whare Tū Taua (School of Māori Weaponry) and a beginner crew member of Haunui Waka.

Anne-Marie loves all facets of her academic role, especially working with Māori communities, and with the graduate research students.  She is also a proud Mum of her 11 year old son, Charlie, and enjoys her second job as his personal taxi driver for sports and after school activities.