Dr Marama Muru-Lanning is the Director of the James henare Research Centre and Associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Auckland/Waikato Tainui Endowed College.
Dr Muru-Lanning is dedicated to transdisciplinary research with Māori communities that prioritises equity, inclusion and fairness. As an environmental anthropologist she focuses on the cultural specificity of tangata whenua groups and their unique sense of place and belonging in Aotearoa. Her professional expertise includes: building research relationships with Māori communities, investigating knowledge production and research methods and ethics. What distinguishes Dr Muru-Lanning as a social scientist is her specialisation in four interrelated areas of research: 1. Water (Waimaori & Waitai); 2. Human-environment relationships; 3. Mātauranga Māori; 4. Transdisciplinary research methods.