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Biography

My work provides a contribution to address the lack of culturally appropriate, comprehensive studies in relation to Polynesian health in Australia. As Maori and Pacific Islanders are one of the fastest growing population groups in Australia, their long term health outcomes, particularly associated with obesity-related disease, will become of greater concern for Australian healthcare. I have published articles in relation to the complex issues surrounding this issue to raise awareness and also provide insight into more effective nursing and allied health practice in relation to working with this CALD group.

Other publications concern Polynesian masculinities and sport. Pasifika are highly visible in Rugby League and Rugby Union. These articles address issues affecting these players both on and off the field.

I also teach into the Masters of Social Change and Development. This program explores issues around the politics of aid and development and better ways to deliver more effective targetted programs. This entails a mix of research methods examining issues of governance, capacity building and social justice

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 08/08/2012
  • Master of Arts, Charles Sturt University, 10/04/2003
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 08/08/2012

Research

Research keywords

  • Indigenous health
  • Polynesian masculinities
  • Polynesian youth
  • gender and development
  • obesity

Research expertise

Expertise in the area obesity and its implications in Indigenous and migrant communities. Exploration of transitional youth masculinities in the extended Polynesian migrant community. This is one of Australia's fastest growing migrant population groups. Also experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods in particular regard to health and development studies.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111700Public Health And Health Services50
160800Sociology50

Awards

Nomination for Teacher of the Year Award

2012Teacher of the Year Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Nomination for Teacher of the Year Award 2012

Invitations

All Blacks or wallabies? Identity transitions and notions of multiple trasnational identities for Maori and Pacific Island migrants to Australia
The Australian Sociological Association, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2012
Lena Rodriguez, Ms
AQUA, Australia (Qualitative Archive Guidelines Forum)
2008
Lena Rodriguez, Ms
Social Sciences & Health Research Unit, Monash University, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2007

Collaboration

PURAI is a newly launched initiative from the University of Newcastle that is attracting international scholars around issues concerning Black, Indigenous and Diasporic Studies

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Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

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2011Rodriguez LL, 'The new culture wars: the growth of Polynesian migrant youth gangs in the United States', Essays on Social Themes, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens 203-214 (2011) [B1]

Journal article (5 outputs)

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2014Rodriguez LL, George J, 'Is Genetic Labeling around Obesity Contributing to Resistance and Fatalism in Polynesian Communities', Contemporary Pacific, 26 65-93 (2014) [C1]
2013Rodriguez L, 'The subjective experience of Polynesians in the Australian health system', HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW, 22 411-421 (2013) [C1]
2013Rodriguez LL, McDonald B, 'After the whistle: Issues impacting on the health and well-being of Polynesian players off the field', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education, 4 201-215 (2013) [C1]
2009George JR, Rodriguez LL, 'Hybrid youth identity in the Maori/Pacific Island diaspora in Australia: A study of young urban Polynesian men in Sydney', New Zealand Sociology, 24 3-23 (2009) [C1]
2006Rodriguez LL, 'The role of education in good governance for the future South Pacific', PAMBU: Pacific Arts Bureau Newslatter, 5 5-7 (2006) [C2]
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Conference (6 outputs)

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2011Rodriguez LL, 'Contested aetiologies of obesity and related illness in the Maori/Pacific Islander migrant population in Australia', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
2011Rodriguez LL, 'Identity transitions: Notions of hybrid, transnational identities for Maori and Pacific Island migrants to Australia', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
2009Rodriguez LL, 'The role of visual arts in the preservation and adaptation of traditional Polynesian cultural practices in Australia', The role of visual arts in the preservation and adaptation of traditional Polynesian cultural practices in Australia, Bali, Indonesia (2009) [E1]
2009Rodriguez LL, 'Science or bio-piracy? A sociological examination of genetic research into the 'warrior gene' in modern Polynesians', The Future of Sociology, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E1]
2007Rodriguez LL, 'Impact of migration and social disadvantage on Maori and Pacific Islander health in Australia', TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference Proceedings, Auckland (2007) [E1]
2007Rodriguez LL, 'Migration and the hybrid construction of identity for Maori and Pacific Islanders in Australia', Proceedings of the 5th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii (2007) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$15,000

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2014 (1 grants)

Network for Youth Research Outside the Northern Metropole$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Professor Pamela Nilan, Doctor Steven Threadgold, Conjoint Professor Andy Furlong, Doctor David Farrugia, Doctor Julia Coffey, Doctor Hedda Askland, Doctor Lena Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Strategic Networks GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142014
GNo:G1400957
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorNovocastrian Witchcraft: A Study of Witchcraft and Pagan Practices in Newcastle
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Dr Lena Rodriguez

Work Phone(02) 4921 5094
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
W314 Behavioural Sciences Bulding,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/lena-rodriguez