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Biography

Of Maori descent, Barry has a PhD in sociology and degrees in chemistry/mathematics and music. He works in health analytics and health ethics with the Lakes District Health Board in Rotorua, New Zealand. Barry is associated with a number of Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund supported projects in the areas of ethics, genomic research and smoking cessation. He is involved with a new project with University of Auckland philosopher Tim Dare that examines the ethics of predictive analytics in social policy. Recent publications include a book with Martin Tolich entitled The Politicisation of Ethics Review in New Zealand (Dunmore Publishing, 2015), the multi-authored Te Ara Tika: Guidelines for Maori Research Ethics (HRC, 2010) and Te Mata Ira: Guidelines for Genomic Research with Maori (University of Waikato, 2016). Barry has been a member and chair of HRC science assessing committees and sits on the National Heart Foundation research committee. He currently chairs the Ministry of Social Development Ethics Committee, the Lakes DHB Research and Ethics and Clinical Ethics Committees and was a previous chair of the HRC Ethics Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART), the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank Governance Advisory Board and chairs the Royal Society of New Zealand Maori Reference Group that provides advice on indigenous matters to the Society’s project on gene editing. A frequently invited presenter at ethics conferences, he was privileged to attend and present at the 2016 WHO Global Ethics Summit in Berlin and the Asia-Pacific Regional Ethics Meeting held in Seoul in October 2017. Barry also contributes to courses run by the Bioethics Centre at the University of Otago and is involved with Victoria University of Wellington’s postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Research. He has just finished contributing to a rewrite of New Zealand’s National Ethics Guidelines. Outside of ethics Barry performs on and teaches classical guitar.

EXPERTISE

  • Health research ethics
  • Indigenous ethics frameworks
  • Health inequalities
  • Research methods
  • Quantitative analysis

Refereed Publications by Date

Graham Mellsop and Barry Smith, 2007, Reflections on masculinity, culture and the diagnosis of depression. Australian and NZ Journal of Psychiatry 41:850-853.

Barry Smith, 2009, A review of Understanding Health Inequalities in Aotearoa NZ by Kevin Dew and Anna Matheson. New Zealand Sociology 24(1).

Barbara Laird, Barry Smith, Gaelle Dutu, and Graham Mellsop, 2010, Views and experiences of family/whanau carers of psychiatric service users on diagnosis and classification. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 56 (3): 270-279.

  1. Kumar, P. Dean, B.Smith, G. Mellsop, 2012, Which family – what therapy: Maori culture, families and family therapy in New Zealand. International Review of Psychiatry 24(2):99-105.

M Tolich & B Smith, 2014, Evolving ethics envy—New Zealand sociologists reading the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical conduct for research involving humans, Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 9:1, 1-10

Barry Smith, 2014, Maori-centred codes of ethics: championing inclusiveness in creating professional codes of ethics across the New Zealand health sector. The New Zealand Medical Journal 127 (1397):9-12

Barry Smith and Martin Tolich, 2014, A cultural turn: The trivialisation of indigenous research ethics in  New Zealand post-2012 health and disability ethics  committees. MAI Journal 3

A Beaton, B Smith, V Toki, K. Southey, M Hudson, 2015, Engaging Maori in biobanking and genetic research: Legal, ethical, and policy challenges. The International Indigenous Policy Journal 6(3)

M Hudson, et al., 2016, Te Mata Ira Guidelines for Genomic Research with Māori. Hamilton: University of Waikato.

M Hudson, et al., 2016, He Tangata Kei Tua: Guidelines for Biobanking with Māori. Hamilton: University of Waikato.

  1. Hudson, et al., 2016, Key Informant Views on Biobanking and Genomic Research with Māori. The New Zealand Medical Journal 129(1447).

Martin Tolich and Barry Smith (Guest Editors), 2016, Ethics in Practice: Special Issue. New Zealand Sociology 31(4).

  1. Beaton, et al., 2017, Engaging Maori in biobanking and genomic research: a model for biobanks to guide culturally informed governance, operational, and community engagement activities. Genetics and Medicine 19(3):345-351.

Barry Smith, 2017, Review of Bollinger, N. (2016). Goneville: A memoir. Wellington: Awa Press, 304 pages. New Zealand Sociology 32(2): 199-201


Books and Book Chapters

M.Tolich and B.Smith, 2015, The Politicisation of Ethics Review in New Zealand. Wellington, Dunmore Publishing.

M Hudson et al, 2016, The Development of Te Ara Tika, in Anna-Lill Drugge (ed), Ethics in Indigenous Research: Past Experiences Future Challenges. Umea University.

Barry Smith, 2017, Maori Research: Notions, Limits and Possibilities, in Martin Tolich and Carl Davidson (eds), Social Science Research in NZ, 4th Edition, Auckland: University of Auckland Press

Barry Smith, Indigenous Ethics Frameworks: a Global Perspective, in Indigenous Bioethics: Local and Global Perspectives. Linda Briskman, Deborah Zion and Alireza Bagheri (eds), Indigenous Bioethics: Local and Global Perspectives, London: Imperial College Press (in preparation)

Other recent publications

Barry Smith, 2011, Maori consultation. HRC Ethics Notes, May. Auckland, Health Research Council of NZ

Barry Smith, 2016, Some thoughts on the ethics of emerging technologies. HRC Ethics Notes, July, Auckland, Health Research Council of NZ

Angela Beaton et al, 2017, Genomic research with Maori: A background to new guidelines. HRC Ethics Notes, October. Auckland, Health Research Council of NZ

Commissioned reports

Maui Hudson, Moe Milne, Paul Reynolds, Khyla Russell and Barry Smith, 2010, Te Ara Tika: Guidelines for Maori Research Ethics: A Framework for Researchers and Ethics Committee Members. Auckland, Health Research Council of NZ.

Phillippa King and Barry Smith, 2011, Ambulatory sensitive hospitalisations of 0-4 year olds at Lakes DHB in 2009/10. Rotorua, Lakes District Health Board

Hudson.M et al, 2016, He Tangata Kei Tua: Guidelines for Biobanking with Maori. Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre, University of Waikato

Barry Smith, 2011, 20 DHB Report Card for Quarter 1, 2011/12 (the Smoking Health Target Analysis. Report to the Ministry of Health, Rotorua, Lakes District Health Board

Smith B, Mangin D, Hunter I, Jones B, Burgess C, Ingham T, on behalf of the Pharmacovigilance Ethics Advisory Group. Medicine Safety for New Zealanders: Ethical Issues Regarding the Use of Routinely Collected Data from General Practice for Pharmacovigilance Ingham T, Jones B, Editors. Wellington: University of Otago; 2012 ISBN: 978-0-473-23190-3 (PDF)

Hudson.M et al, 2016, He Tangata Kei Tua: Guidelines for Biobanking with Maori. Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre, University of Waikato

Hudson, M., et al, 2016, Te Mata Ira: Guidelines for Genetic Research with Maori. Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre, University of Waikato