Dr Melinda Webber is Associate Professor in Te Puna Wananga: The School of Māori and Indigenous Education at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland.
Melinda is the University of Auckland Co-Director for the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity programme and a former Research Director of the Starpath Project - a pioneering research project focused on equitable outcomes for New Zealand students who have been under-represented in tertiary education.
Melinda has been a Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Indigenous Scholar and has published widely on the nature of ethnic identity development and iwi distinctiveness, examining the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people, particularly Māori students . In 2016, Melinda was awarded a Royal Society Te Āparangi Marsden Fast-Start Grant, and in 2017 Melinda was awarded a prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. Melinda serves as an elected member of council for Te Apārangi – The Royal Society of New Zealand and is Co-Editor of MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship.