Associate Dean Postgraduate
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 9349
Room 1413, Level 14
Corner Wakefield and Rutland Streets
Private Bag 92006
Professor Judy McGregor, Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, is Associate Dean with responsibility for Postgraduate Studies.
As a former newspaper academic with a PhD in political communication she has expertise in media sociology, in media representation, in aspects of crime news and "moral panic", in freedom of expression and new media issues, in balance and fairness and regulatory aspects relating to the media and in sport's news.
As a former Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, Judy has wide expertise in human rights and social justice issues. Her specific interests lie in discrimination issues, women's rights, gender equality in governance, management professional and public life, equal pay and the employment of ethnic and minority groups.
As a trained lawyer Judy is interested in all aspects of human rights law particularly civil and political rights and is currently engaged in New Zealand Law Foundation-funded research assessing the impact of New Zealand’s ratification of the international treaty bodies.
Judy is author or editor of seven books, including four journalism texts and a book exploring the employment of older workers.
She is a trained lawyer, and has held fellowships at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities.
As former EEO Commissioner I conducted a major inquiry into the work and pay conditions of 20,000 plus predominantly female aged care workers. I am currently researching advocacy through equal pay litigation and civil society campaigns to redress pay inequity.
I have a Law Foundation grant to assess the impact of New Zealand's ratification of human rights treaties
In 2013 the research team which includes the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and the University of Waikato is analysing CERD (race discrimination) and ICESCR(economic, social and cultural rights).
The School is researched the state of Auckland in time for the 2013 local body elections to provide citizens with a report benchmarking progress of the "super city" and of the local government reforms.
I am currently researching in the following four areas: