Mr Richey Wyver

MA International Migration and Ethnic Relations (2016, Malmö University);BA International Migration and Ethnic Relations (2014, Malmö University)

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Richey is a doctoral candidate in Sociology, researching international adoption from a critical, postcolonial perspective. His current research focuses on Sweden's role in the international adoption market, examining the phenomenon of Swedish transracial adoption desire.

Richey moved to Auckland in late 2016, and prior to that lived in Sweden for several years, where he completed a BA and an MA in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University.

Research | Current

My PhD research project has the working title "More Beautiful Than Something We Could Create Ourselves": Exploring Swedish Transnational/-racial Adoption Desire".

This project entails a critical exploration of international transracial adoption desire in Sweden, the world's leading demand country, per capita, on the international adoption market. Through an analysis of contemporary and classic Swedish adoption texts - including adult adoptee and adopter autobiography, expert texts, children's books and agency material - the project examines how collective adoption desire is (re)produced, justified and controlled against a backdrop of national myths of "colour-blindness" and being a "post race" and "anti-racist" society. There is a focus on the role of the body of the adoptee in promoting and justifying the adoption project, reproducing adoption desire, and functioning as a pedagogical object.

Recent publications: 

Wyver, R. 2020. "From Flat-Packed Furniture to Fascism: Exploring the Role of the Transracial Adoptee in Fantasies of Swedish Goodness", Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

Wyver, R. 2019. "Eating the [M]Other: Exploring Swedish Adoption Consumption Fantasies", Genealogy, 3(3), pp. 1-15.

Wyver, R. 2018. "Mimicry, Mockery and Menace in Swedish International Adoption Narratives", Borderlands e-journal, 17(2)pp.1-24.


Teaching | Current

Global 101/G: Global Issues, Sustainable Futures (GTA, Semester 1 2020)

SOCIOL 213: Ethnicity and Identity (Lecturer, Semester 2 2020)


SOCIOL 101/G: Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand (Lecturer, Summer School 2019, Semester 2 2019)

SOCIOL 213: Ethnicity and Identity (GTA, 2018)

SOCIOL 101/G: Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand (GTA, 2017)

SOCIOL 213: Ethnicity and Identity (GTA, 2017)

Postgraduate supervision

My PhD project is being supervised by Associate Professor Steve Matthewman and Associate Professor Vivienne Elizabeth.


My Masters thesis, "Almost the Same but not Quite: Mimicry, Mockery and Menace in Swedish Transnational/-racial Adoption Narratives", which I produced as part of Malmö University's MA IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations) programme, was awarded the 2016 MiM Master Essay Award.

Graduated from Univeristy of Aucklands Doctoral Academic Leadership Initiative programme (DALI), 2019.

Areas of expertise

International Migration; International Adoption; Transracial Adoption; Sweden 

Critical Whiteness; Race and Ethnicity; Postcolonial Theory

Online/Distance Teaching and Learning; ESOL; Narrative Analysis

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 9, Room 904
New Zealand