Ruth McManus

Associate ProfessorRuth McManus

Senior Lecturer
Logie 312
Internal Phone: 94329

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

I have developed and established three strands of research. In the Death studies strand I have undertaken groundbreaking, externally funded research on poverty and funerals in New Zealand, and have published various innovative articles and a path-breaking monograph in this area. My most recent research on bio-cremation synthesises my interest in sustainability issues with new technologically advanced forms of body dissolution.

This research development links to my second research strand, which is a concern with social issues that involve people's engagement with their built environment and local resources. This includes my externally funded grants on water use in Christchurch (City of Flows) and the effects of the Christchurch earthquake in terms of experiences of socio-spatial disruption and adjustment (Stories of Movement and Womens' Voices Project), also my editorial work on Disaster sociology.

Both these research strands complement a longstanding engagement with policy debates and initiatives especially when they impact upon people's quality of life.

One other strand is my concern to invest and participate in furthering the discipline of sociology through research on teaching in the discipline.

Recent Publications

  • McManus R., Blake D. and Johnston D. (2019) The Penguin and the Wahine: Shipwrecks, resilience and popular culture. In Teodorescu A; Jacobsen MH (Ed.), Death in Popular Culture UK: Routledge.
  • McManus R., Matthewman S., Brickell C., McLennan G. and Spoonley P. (2019) Exploring Society: Sociology for New Zealand Students. (4th ed.) Auckland: Auckland University Press. 492.
  • McManus R; Raudon S; Cornwall J (Ed.) McManus R. (2019) Death Down Under. (1st ed.) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Nissen S., Hayward B. and McManus R. (2019) Student debt and wellbeing: a research agenda. Kotuitui 14(2): 245-256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1177083X.2019.1614635.
  • Cornwall J., Poppelwell Z. and McManus R. (2018) “Why did you really do it?” A mixed-method analysis of the factors underpinning motivations to register as a body donor. Anatomical Sciences Education 11(6): 623-631. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ase.1796.