Staff research in Sociology

Staff research

Sociology is a key discipline in the University of Auckland’s social sciences. We are proud of our internationally recognised record of teaching and research excellence.

Academic staff in Sociology are involved in a range of research activities. To find out about current research projects, recent publications and research supervision, visit our individual staff pages.

International collaboration and exchange opportunities

We are pleased to have an innovative agreement with the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications at Brunel University that supports the informal exchange of staff, students and ideas.

Brunel is a world-class university located in Uxbridge, London. Sociology at Brunel has been officially recognised for the international excellence of its research and the high quality of its teaching.

If you are interested in fieldwork in the UK or in adding a comparative dimension to your research, speak with the Head of Sociology about spending time at Brunel.

Find out more about the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications at Brunel University.

The Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS)

COMPASS is a team of researchers with experience and expertise in a range of disciplines and social science research methodologies.

Find out more about COMPASS.

Sociology Research Statement

We are the largest sociology department in New Zealand and one of the leading hubs for sociology and criminology research in Australasia.  

  1. Our research is motivated by social justice and seeks to contribute to progressive social change;
  2. Respect for the Treaty of Waitangi, the rights of the tangata whenua and the ongoing struggle for tino rangatiratanga are a key basis of our research practice;
  3. Our research is diverse, covering a wide range of research interests, theoretical traditions and methodologies;
  4. Our research is concerned with the critique of power and inequality and investigates alternative ways of understanding and organising society;
  5. We have an international and local focus, with international impact;
  6. We research individually and with other researchers both inside and outside the department;
  7. Our teaching is informed by our research and the research of our peers;
  8. Our research promotes improvement and innovation in the teaching and learning of sociology and criminology;
  9. We have a vibrant research environment that is enjoyed by our graduate students, visiting speakers and participants in our regular research seminar series;
  10. Our research has impact through publishing books and articles and also through influencing policy, working with communities and shaping public debate.