Te Whakatere Au Papori Navigating Social Currents

About the project and the researchers investigating how children and young people navigate and negotiate their social worlds.

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Te Whakatere au Pāpori (Navigating Social Currents) 1 was instigated in 2012 to bring together researchers interested in how children and young people navigate and negotiate their social worlds.

We ask how children and young people:

  • Come to understand their social worlds and their place within them through lenses such as identity, citizenship, participation, community or children’s voice
  • Make sense of unexpected happenings in their social worlds through lenses such as resilience, disaster response and recovery, transience, migration or becoming refugees
  • Make sense of the social issues they face such as poverty, friendships or bullying

Since its launch Te Whakatere au Pāpori has hosted an international conference, presented symposia at four international conferences and held regular faculty-wide research seminars as well as producing three special issues of peer reviewed journals and a range of other research outputs.

1With thanks to Hemi Dale with his help in finding a suitable name and metaphor.

Meet our members

Members of Te Whakatere are drawn from across the Faculty and have links to researchers across the wider university and in other institutions.


Associate Professor Carol Mutch

Deputy Director

Associate Professor Jay Marlowe


Professor Peter O'Connor
Dr Alexis Siteine
Dr Tanya Samu
Dr Marek Tesar
Tim Baice

Associate members

Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program, The McCaughey Centre, University of Melbourne
Professor Colin MacDougall, Flinders University, School of Health Sciences
Dr Annie Weir, Director, Impact Research NZ (Honorary Research Fellow, CRSTIE)
Libby Gawith, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch
Dr Nozomu Takahashi, Gunma University, Japan
Dr Wataru Suzuki, Miyagi University of Education, Japan
Professor Ruth Irwin, University of Fiji
Dr Cathy Fagan, University of Glasgow

Student members