Research expertise in social sciences and public policy

Professor Judy McGregor


Judy.Discrimination issues, women's rights, gender equality in governance, management professional and public life, equal pay and the employment of ethnic and minority groups.

Professor Marilyn Waring


Marilyn. Professor of Public Policy
Governance and public policy, political economy, gender analysis, human rights.

Love Chile


Love. Associate Professor
Community investment and development, community economic development, cross-cultural competence, development issues associated with globalisation, international development assistance, international migration and refugee development, global poverty and inequality, regional integration and trade liberalisation.

Dr Sharyn Graham Davies


Sharyn. Associate Professor
Asian studies including gender and sexuality in Indonesia, policing in Indonesia, gender and policing.

Dr Camille Nakhid


Camille. Associate Professor
The social construction of identity, appropriate research methodologies for marginalized and minority groups, race and ethnicity, Māori and Pasifika academic achievement, and ethnic communities.

Dr Antje Deckert


Antje. Senior Lecturer Criminology
Criminological discourse, criminal narratives and identity; indigenous peoples and epistemologies; violent behaviour.

Dr Jane Verbitsky


Jane.Associate Professor; Programme Leader Conflict Resolution and Human Rights
Antarctic governance and policy; NZ refugee policy; justice institutions and conflict resolution.

Dr Kirsten Hanna


Kirsten.Senior Lecturer
Children's rights, child witnesses, child impact reporting, (government structures for children), Income management, Functional syntax.

Dr Erik Landhuis


Erik. Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader BA Psychology
The role of psychological factors in the development and progression of physical illness; effects of media and digital media use in kids; quackery and medical decision making; scientific misconduct.

Dr Jay Wood


Jay. Senior Lecturer
Attitude change, persuasive communication, and social influence.

Dr John Buttle


John.Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader Criminology and Criminal Justice
Police, police accountability, police misbehaviour, police reform, ethical policing, police culture, international police policy transfer, comparative policing, rural crime, media representations of crime.

Dr Cristina Parra


Cristina. Senior Lecturer Psychology
Ethnic identity development and reconciliation based on social and evolutionary psychology.

Dr Kate Nicholls


Kate.Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader Social Sciences
Comparative politics, comparative political economy, policy studies, interest groups and state-society relations, democracy.

Dr Oksana Opara


Kate.Senior Lecturer

International migration, (im)migration policy, comparative migration studies, theories of international migration and human mobility, liquid migration, migration and gender, migrant entrepreneurship.

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