Sociology, anthropology and social work

Diverse group of people

The Social Science Research Centre takes a collaborative approach to social science research within the University and the broader Canterbury region. Social scientists from Lincoln University and the Christchurch School of Medicine as well as those from the private sector and the Ministry of Social Development also collaborate.

A key aim of the centre is to develop joint research programmes with private sector providers. It also aims to improve the quality of graduate training in the social sciences by providing students with opportunities to gain research experience outside thesis/dissertation work. 

Our resesearchers are focusing on: sustainable development - globalisation, human settlement (urban and rural), environmental change, and social policy - families, housing, communities, employment, youth and aged, social exclusion, crime and penal policy.

The Te Awatea Violence Research Centre offers information, research and education to professionals, practitioners, groups and communities interested in violence reduction, prevention, and intervention. 

Research strengths

Areas of current research in human-animal studies include:

  • Animals in emergencies
  • Human-elephant relations
  • De-extinction
  • Animals in literature and culture
  • Meat culture and vegetarian subcultures
  • Chickens in history, culture and everyday life

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Annie Potts

Professor
Cultural Studies Programme Co-ordinator
Karl Popper 616
Internal Phone: 95536

Philip Armstrong

Professor
Honours & Postgraduate Co-ordinator (English)
Karl Popper 606
Internal Phone: 95560

Alison Loveridge

Lecturer
Postgraduate Co-ordinator
Logie 309
Internal Phone: 94535

Douglas Campbell

Senior Lecturer
Karl Popper 618
Internal Phone: 95349

Nikki Evans

Limited Entry Co-ordinator
Geography/Psychology 321
Internal Phone: 95375

Patrick O'Sullivan

Associate Professor
MA/PhD Co-ordinator
Rm 103B UC Arts City Location- 3 Hereford Street
Internal Phone: 94984

Amy Fletcher

Associate Professor
Psychology 705
Internal Phone: 94404

Michael-John Turp

Lecturer
Library Liaison
Karl Popper 603
Internal Phone: 94396

Piers Locke

Senior Lecturer
Logie 310
Internal Phone: 94390

Henrietta Mondry

Professor
Russian Subject Co-ordinator
Karl Popper 605
Internal Phone: 95978

Areas of current research in social sciences include:

  • Sustainable development - globalisation, human settlement (urban and rural), environmental change.
  • Social policy - families, housing, communities, employment, youth and aged, social exclusion, crime and penal policy.
  • Health - medicine, medical technologies and organisations, health policy, the body, well-being, sport and leisure.
  • Technologies - sciences and technologies, material culture, innovations, technologies and organisational change, ICT and the digital divide.
  • Culture and Identity - ethnicities, gender, bodies, sexualities, cultural politics, the media, cross-cultural studies.

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Associate Professor Rosemary Du Plessis

Areas of current research in violence reduction, prevention, and intervention include:

  • Child and family welfare
  • Domestic violence, family violence, and violence against women
  • Youth violence prevention

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Nikki Evans

Limited Entry Co-ordinator
Geography/Psychology 321
Internal Phone: 95375

Jane Maidment

Professor
Postgraduate Co-ordinator / MSW (Applied) Co-ordinator
Music 108
Internal Phone: 94518