I am Elinor Chisholm, a post-doctoral research fellow at He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme, in the Department of Public Health, at the University of Otago, Wellington.

My PhD research, completed in 2016, looked at individual and collective action for healthy housing in New Zealand.  I am currently working on research projects looking at housing quality assessment, rental housing regulation, and the effect of housing interventions on health.

This blog is a personal blog and separate from my employment.

Contact: email or twitter



Chisholm, Elinor. 2017. “Nine Ways to Fix New Zealand’s Broken Rental Market.” The Spinoff, March 24. https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/24-03-2017/nine-ways-to-fix-new-zealands-broken-rental-market

Chisholm, E., P. Howden-Chapman, and G. Fougere. 2017. “Renting in New Zealand: Perspectives from Tenant Advocates.” Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online 12 (2). Taylor & Francis: 1–16. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2016.1272471.

Chisholm, E., P. Howden-Chapman, and G. Fougere. 2016. “The Application of Hirschman’s Exit-Voice Framework to Housing Studies: A Review and Some Ways Forward.” Housing, Theory and Society 33 (4): 381–402. doi:10.1080/14036096.2016.1188849.

Chisholm, E. 2016. “Renter activism in New Zealand, 1916-2016.” Labour History Project Bulletin 68 (November): 20–27.

Bennett, J., P. Howden-Chapman, E. Chisholm, M. Keall, and M. Baker. 2016. “Towards an Agreed Quality Standard for Rental Housing: Field Testing of a New Zealand Housing WOF Tool.” Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health 40 (5): 405–11. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12519.

Chisholm, E. 2016. “Working for better rental housing in New Zealand.” Global Tenant: International Union of Tenants’ Quarterly Magazine. (April).

Chisholm, E. 2016. Individual and Collective Action for Healthy Rental Housing in New Zealand: An Historical and Contemporary Study [Doctoral Thesis]. Wellington: University of Otago.

Howden-Chapman, P., K. Amore, S. Bierre, E. Chisholm, A. Hamer-Adams, J. Ombler, and K. O’Sullivan. 2015. “What Effect Will the 2015 Budget Have on Housing?” Policy Quarterly 11 (3): 13–19.

Howden-Chapman, P, Rosemary Goodyear, Amber L. Pearson, Elinor Chisholm, Kate Amore, Graciela Rivera-Munoz, and E. Woodbury. 2014. “Rebuilding Christchurch: A case of the inverse care law.” In Once in a Lifetime: City-Building After Disaster in Christchurch, edited by Barnaby Bennett, James Dann, Emma Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds. Christchurch: Freerange Press. 

Chisholm, E. 2014. “Distortions in policy on dogs.” Otago Daily Times, January 27. http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/289348/distortions-policy-dogs

Chisholm, E, and Howden-Chapman, P. 2014. “Housing policy will destabilise life for Children.” Dominion Post, April 3. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/9899516/Housing-policy-will-destabilise-life-for-children

Chisholm, E., S. Bierre, and P. Howden-Chapman. 2013. “$1m-plus in Unclaimed Bonds.” Dominion Post, October 29. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/residential-property/9335953/1m-plus-in-unclaimed-bonds

Chisholm, E. 2009. “Fonterra in Latin America: A Case Study of a New Zealand Company Abroad.” Political Science 61 (1): 19–32. doi:10.1177/00323187090610010301.

Ladley, A., and E. Chisholm. 2008. “Who Cut the Apron Strings and When? Adopting the Statute of Westminster in New Zealand in 1947.” Political Science 60 (2): 15–40. doi:10.1177/003231870806000203.

Chisholm, E. 2005. “MPs, The Media, And The Televising Of Parliament.” Political Science 57 (2): 65–73. doi:10.1177/003231870505700207.

Other media

Newton, K. 2017. Forcing renters to pay letting fees “doesn’t make sense”. Radio New Zealand, 10 April. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/328526/forcing-renters-to-pay-letting-fees-‘doesn’t-make-sense’

Branbury, Josiah. 2017. “Renters’ rights and collective action for healthy rental housing (Audio interview with Josiah Branbury).” Plains FM6 February. http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=9edda510-79ef-4407-a0c8-5129d34d977d

Falconer, E. 2017. “Home sweet rental home.” RNZ, 5 January. http://www.radionz.co.nz/stories/201829248/home-sweet-rental-home

Crump, Bryan. 2016. “Rights for renters: Elinor Chisholm (Audio interview with Bryan Crump).” RNZ, 25 July. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/audio/201809590/rights-for-renters-elinor-chisholm

Edwards, B. 2015. “Blue-Green battle over housing crisis and RMA.” NBR, January 23. https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/nz-politics-daily-blue-green-battle-over-housing-crisis-and-rma-be-167732

Edwards, B. 2014. “National’s dangerous social housing plans.” New Zealand Herald, 7 November. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11354900


Chisholm, E. 2017. “Building health through better housing.” At New Zealand Association of Clinical Researchers Conference. Auckland: New Zealand Association of Clinical Research, Auckland, 18 August.

Chisholm, E. 2017. “Why private tenants do not report substandard housing: causes, implications and interventions.” In Australasian Housing Researchers Conference. Melbourne: Centre for Urban Research, RMIT.

Chisholm, E. 2016. “Contemporary and historical collective action by New Zealand renters”. At The Housing Crisis for Renters. Auckland: New Zealand Fabian Society, 20 October.

Chisholm, E. 2016. “A century of tenant activism in New Zealand.” At Renters Resisting: Labour History Project Annual General Meeting. Wellington: Labour History Project, 21 July.

Chisholm, E. 2015. “Social housing reform in historical and international context.” At Affordable Housing: Myths, Realities and Hopes for the Future conference. Wellington: Department of Public Health, University of Otago.

Chisholm, E. 2013. “‘They Are Uprooting Our People’: Gentrification and Resistance in New Zealand.” At Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market Conference. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität.