Social Sciences research at a glance

We work to understand, inform and creatively respond to interactions between authorities, individuals, communities, technologies and the environment.

Our world-leading research and creative work examines power dynamics in past and present human relations, often in pursuit of social justice.

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We research in Aotearoa, Asia, Europe, all over the Pacific and elsewhere, to study politics, music, material culture, human-landscape interaction and more.

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Viewing Development Studies critically, we research Indigenous and feminist approaches to living in particular physical and political environments.

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Our interdisciplinary research explores how gender and sexuality operate locally to globally, as a matter of identities, politics, and cultural productions.

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We research everything from mobile tech, #fakenews, journalism and reality TV to digital data and superheroes, and we produce award-winning scripts and films.

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Our research includes public policy, political marketing, politics and the media, Chinese politics, energy governance, political philosophy, war and trade.

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We are a key Australasian hub of sociology and criminology research. Our broad interests are guided by the aim of contributing to progressive social change.

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Dilys Johns conserves waterlogged wood artefacts around Aotearoa — offering the scientific side of larger stories.

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Dr Ethan Plaut's research looks at communication technology and how and why it affects us.

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Professor Jennifer Curtin heads this Faculty of Arts institute which creates and disseminates knowledge relevant to policymakers.

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Professor Andreas Neef researches strategies used around the world to survive in extreme circumstances, including disasters and land grabbing.

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COMPASS undertakes cutting-edge quantitative social science research of international standing and policy relevance to improve the lives of New Zealanders.

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We research the causes, dynamics, aftermath and prevention of all types of violent conflict including genocide.

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