About the team

The project is being run by researchers at the University of Otago, and is funded by Internet NZ

Susan Wardell

Susan Wardell (she/her) is a Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology programme. Her research interests include care, emotion, health and wellbeing, disability, mental health, and digital worlds.

Susan is Pākehā, and grew up in Ōtepoti Dunedin. She is neurodivergent, queer, and a mama of two.

You can read her university profile here, and her writing website here, or find her on Twitter.

Melanie Beres

Melanie Beres’ core area of interest are in sexual violence prevention. In particular she is interested in understanding how people give consent to sex, and how we might be able to use this information to develop effective educational programming. She is also interested more broadly in constructions of sexuality including queer sexualities.

Fairleigh Evelyn Gilmour

Fairleigh Evelyn Gilmour is a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies and Criminology and has lived in Ōtepoti since 2016. Fairleigh’s research interests include social media, gender and harm; digital inclusion; and sex work and the law.

Cassie Withey-Rila

Cassie Withey-Rila (they/them/ia) is an early career researcher at University of Otago, where they did their Master’s of Public Health thesis exploring the positive experiences of transgender and gender diverse adults in primary care. In addition to the Tagging In project, Cassie is also working on projects around medical trainee learning outcomes of ‘medically unexplained symptoms’ and crowdfunding for medical transition services.

Cassie is of European descent, grew up in rural Texas, and immigrated to Ōtepoti in 2016. In addition to their paid mahi, they also do a lot of community building and advocacy around transgender health and healthcare access. Identity words that fit Cassie well are neurodivergent, chronically ill, and gender wiggly.

You can find them on Twitter here


InternetNZ funded this project, with a grant focused on “dangerous speech” and vulnerable communities.

InternetNZ | Ipurangi Aotearoa are a nonprofit organisation, that administer the .nz domain, and make it their mission “to create an Internet for all New Zealanders that is safe, accessible and a place for good.”

Read more about who they are and what they do, here.


Illustrator from Studio Rebeko, who were responsible for graphic design and illustration of the resource.

And with an additional massive thanks to all of our participants, named and anonymous, for their contributions in interviews, and in the hui.

Get in touch

Please feel free to get in touch via our email taggingin@otago.ac.nz – or via the form below.

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