About us

Children watch a puppet show in Syria
Children watch a puppet show in Syria. Photographer: Walid Abo Rashed

The Centre for Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) was established as the result of a generous gift from the Chartwell Trust in 2019. The Centre researches how the arts have the potential to make a more socially just and equitable world through improving the quality of life of all citizens. The Centre is outwards focused and builds relationships with educators, artists, activists, policy makers and communities to research the power of the arts for social transformation. The Centre reaches out to the public through the Creative Thinking Project.  

The Centre hosts the Creative Wellbeing Alliance, Te Ora Auaha, the Creative Schools Initiative,  the Creative Thinking Project and Te Rito Toi.

CAST Team Role
Professor Peter O’Connor   Centre Director
Tahnee Vo Centre Manager
Dr Moema Gregorzewski
Research Fellow
Dr Marta Estelles   Research Fellow
Dr Claudia Alejandra Rozas Gomez
Research Fellow
Christa Napier-Robertson
Research Assistant
Kelcey Roberts
Research Assistant
Associate Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh Research Affiliate
Professor Helen Sword Research Affiliate
Dr Hinekura Smith  Research Affiliate
Emma Bishop Drama in Education Oral History Researcher

Contact us: cast@auckland.ac.nz