Author(s): Dr Carla Houkamau and Anton Blank
Deep down we all know we hold biases for or against different groups of people. We hold more bias against people who are not like us. Bias is socialised into us through culture and the media, and no-one is immune.
Research around the world shows particular groups of people experience more discrimination as a result of bias than others. That’s why talking about bias, and research that addresses bias, is becoming so popular.
This book explores bias as a universal human behaviour, and provides a framework for managing bias in our relationships. It also simply explains social psychology theories about bias.
Dr Carla Houkamau (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou)
Dr Carla Houkamau is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland. Carla joined the Department in 2007 as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow. Carla specialises in the areas of personal identity and diversity management. Dr Houkamou has developed a multi-dimensional model of Māori identity, which she uses to explore diversity within the Maori population, and how Māori identity contributes to Māori wellbeing. She is emerging as a national expert on Unconscious Bias.
Anton Blank (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu)
Anton Blank is a writer and publisher living in Auckland. He has an extensive history in social work, communications, Māori development, public health and literature. Anton has held senior roles in the government and not for profit sectors, including Communications Services Manager at the Ministry of Education and Executive Director of the Māori child advocacy organisation Mana Ririki. Anton was the Principal Investigator of the 2016 report Unconscious bias and education – a comparative study of Māori and African American students.