Tracy Clelland

LecturerTracy Clelland

Rehua 311
Internal Phone: 93437


Research Interests

My main areas of research are related to the broad field of Health education across the lifecourse. Currently I am researching how caregivers understand and experience sexualities education with their children. In particular I am interested in the underlying societal discourses that caregivers draw on in contemporary times when engaging (or disengaging) from sexuality education and what these 'produce' in peoples lives.

Furthermore I am interested in the interplay between the private/public binary that often plays out in sexuality education and the impact of this on the wellbeing of people.

My other areas of research include teacher education and the use of the Health Promoting Schools framework to enhance student and community wellbeing.

Recent Publications

  • Clelland T. (2020) (Re)thinking about Sexuality Education. Online: The Collaborative Trust. [Research blog].
  • Clelland T. (2020) The Joy of sexuality education. Radio New Zealand: Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan. [Radio Interview].
  • Clelland T. (2019) “Don’t worry, I just go and google it”: Negotiating the digital dilemmas of sexuality education. UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY: NZARE CONFERENCE 2019, 24 Nov 2019-29 Jan 2020.
  • Clelland T. (2019) Are we scared to talk about sex? Maybe it’s the other question, we’re scared to tell our children that it’s pleasurable, what are we scared of? Wellington: The 41st New Zealand Sexual Society Conference, 14-16 Nov 2019.
  • Clelland T. (2019) Sexuality education in the digital age: Vulnerability, not innocence (invited speaker).. University of Canterbury: UC e-Lab Symposium: Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces:, 25-25 Nov 2019.