Research expertise — Social Sciences and Public Policy

There is a great depth and range of research expertise in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT, with strong links to the AUT Institute of Public Policy (IPP).
  Role Research expertise
Judy McGregor. Dr Judy McGregor
Head of School, Social Sciences; Programme Leader Social Sciences
Discrimination issues, women's rights, gender equality in governance, management professional and public life, equal pay and the employment of ethnic and minority groups.
Charles Crothers. Dr Charles Crothers
Professor of Sociology
New Zealand and other settler societies, Auckland: Social structure, organisations, communities, occupations, opinion-structures, quality-of-life, knowledge, political-economy, settler societies, internet studies, development studies, development of social science knowledge, policy-research linkages.
Marilyn Waring. Dr Marilyn Waring
Professor of Public Policy
Governance and public policy, political economy, gender analysis, human rights.
Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop Dr Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop
Professor of Pacific Studies
Sustainable development, Pacific small island states, gender, youth and development issues; Family security (domestic violence and child abuse and neglect issues), education.
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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.
Sharyn Graham Davies. Dr Sharyn Graham Davies
Associate Professor
Asian studies including gender and sexuality in Indonesia, policing in Indonesia, gender and policing.
Camille Nakhid. Dr Camille Nakhid
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.
Antje Deckert. Dr Antje Deckert
Senior Lecturer Criminology
Criminological discourse, criminal narratives and identity; indigenous peoples and epistemologies; violent behaviour.
Jane Verbitsky. Dr Jane Verbitsky
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader Conflict Resolution
Antarctic governance and policy; NZ refugee policy; justice institutions and conflict resolution.
Kirsten Hanna. Dr Kirsten Hanna
Programme Leader Criminology, Senior Lecturer
Children's rights, child witnesses, child impact reporting, (government structures for children), Income management, Functional syntax.
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Senior Lecturer
Economic globalisation, international migration and gender; migrant entrepreneurship and economic development, women entrepreneurship, settlement experiences of skilled migrants from Russia and Central/Eastern Europe in New Zealand.
Carol Neill. Dr Carol Neill
Senior Lecturer; Programme Leader BA (Social Sciences)
Trade history and policy, economic development, youth and community development.
Erik Landhuis. Dr Erik Landhuis
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.
Jay Wood. Dr Jay Wood
Senior Lecturer
Attitude change, persuasive communication, and social influence.
John Buttle. Dr John Buttle
Senior Lecturer Criminology
Police, police accountability, police misbehaviour, police reform, ethical policing, police culture, international police policy transfer, comparative policing, rural crime, media representations of crime.
Cristina Parra. Dr Cristina Parra
Senior Lecturer Psychology
Ethnic identity development and reconciliation based on social and evolutionary psychology.
Kate Nicholls. Dr Kate Nicholls
Senior Lecturer Postgraduate
Trade history and policy, economic development, youth and community development, comparative politics, comparative political economy, political sociology, democratisation and regime transitions, policy-making, interest groups and state-society relations, historical institutionalism. Political theory. democracy and democratic theory.

Last updated: 30-May-2017 1.07pm

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