Professor Merryn Gott

MA (Oxon), PhD

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Associate Head - Research


Merryn Gott has been conducting research with older people for over 20 years and has a particular interest in developing models of palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of ageing populations. Her research programme has been supported by substantial grants from the HRC, UK Department of Health, Research Councils and Health Charities. She has published over 180 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as a number of books, including International Perspectives on Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People, published by Oxford University Press.

Merryn sits on the Health Research Council, Public Health Assessing Committee. She has recently completed a five year term as Associate Editor, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and is an Editorial Board member for Progress in Palliative Care.

In 2014 Merryn was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists' Research Medal, an annual award which recognises 'outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences'. She was also recognised as the 2016 NEXT Woman of the Year for Health and Science.

Merryn directs the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group: The group conducts multi-disciplinary bicultural research using creative social research methods to inform practice, policy, and teaching in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Palliative care
  • Ageing
  • Gerontology
  • End-of-life care
  • Participatory research
  • Equity

Current and recent funded projects

  • Dewes O, Gott M. et al. Tapinga 'a Maama. National Science Challenge Ageing Well.
  • Gott M, Old A, Robinson J, Frey R, Moeke-Maxwell T. A survey to pilot VOICEs-NZ to explore end of life experience amongst ADHB service users. Academic Health Alliance.
  • Gott M. et al. Social connectedness amongst older people. National Science Challenge Ageing Well. In partnership with Age Concern New Zealand.
  • Gott M. et al. Te Pakeketanga: living and dying in advanced old age. HRC.
  • Boyd M, Frey R, Gott M et al. ELDER. National Science Challenge and Ted and Molly Carr Trust.
  • Gott M. et al. Potentially inappropriate interventions and admissions at end of life. HRC in partnership with ADHB.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise at PhD and Masters level and always welcome enquiries from prospective students. I supervise students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including social sciences, nursing and medicine.


NEXT Woman of the Year Health and Science - 2016

New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal - 2015


Director of Research, School of Nursing

Director, Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group


Areas of expertise

Palliative care, gerontology, mixed methods, qualitative research, participatory methods, equity

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 3, Room 305
New Zealand

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