director of the Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking
Marewa Glover is director of the independent Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking based in Auckland, New Zealand. Funded by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, the center aims to reduce the harms associated with tobacco use among all indigenous people globally. Glover is also tobacco section editor for the international Harm Reduction Journal.
As a behavioral scientist, Glover has led and collaborated on many studies resulting in more than 100 scientific publications. Her dedication to reducing tobacco smoking harm over the past 28 years and advocating for a harm-reduction approach to combustible cigarette smoking was recognized last year when she was named as one of three finalists for the prestigious New Zealander of the Year Award. She was also a finalist last year for the NZ Communicator of the Year Award.
In June 2019, Glover won awards for Best Picture and Best Director at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, Poland, for a short video series that she wrote and commissioned. The videos use humor to encourage family members to support pregnant women to abstain from smoking. At the 2018 Global Forum on Nicotine Glover received the Outstanding Advocate award from the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations.
In 2017, she was a finalist in the NZ Women of Influence Awards. Glover is a former professor of public health at Massey University and a former chair of End Smoking NZ, a charitable trust that has lobbied for tobacco harm reduction for more than a decade.