Associate Professor Steve Matthewman
Research | Current
- Social theory, technology studies, the underbelly of modernity, the sociology of accidents and disasters
My current projects typically combine all of the abovementioned subjects.
- The prime focus is currently on a sole-authored authored monograph on “everyday disasters” (contracted to Palgrave Macmillan, UK)
- With a colleague in Australia I am looking to put together an edited journal collection on sociology, war, the military and memorialisation
- I have several planned book chapters, including work on the theoretical contributions of Bruno Latour, the politics of Pākehā ethnicity, and social inequality
I have works in press with the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM), the Journal of Sociology, and Thesis Eleven
Teaching | Current
SOCIOL 100 Issues and Themes in Sociology
- Logistics, Circulation, Resistance
- Education and Truth
- Everyday Struggle: Class Division & Precarious Work and Life in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
- Researching Middle-class Consumption in Bangladesh: Contextualising a Postcolonial Moral Economy
- Financialisation, Culture and Late Modernity: A Genealogy of ‘Too Big to Fail’.
- Social Vulnerability in Disasters: Immigrants, Linguistic Minorities and Refugess in Christchurch and Tohoku. University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
- Green Buildings: Performance and Productivity. Co-supervision with the School of Architecture
- Does Organisational Form and Function make a Difference to the Equitable Delivery of Services? An Enquiry into the Equity Performance of Public Hospitals in New Zealand under Changing Welfare State Arrangements. University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
- Claiming the Century: The Promise of Social Movements in the Twenty-First Century. University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship. Vice Chancellor's Prize for Best Thesis
- Pākehā Politics, Identity and Belonging: A Study of Settler Colonial Whiteness.New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship
- Assessing Student Capacity, Networks, and Career Expectations Among Undergraduate Students at The University of Auckland. University of Auckland International Doctoral Bursary
- "The Emergence of Computer Ethics in New Zealand"
- "Foundations and Formation of Hapahaole Identity"
- "The Role of the Internet in Strengthening Maori Identity"
- "E.P. Thompson’s Poverty of Theory in Sociological Perspective"
- "The Sociology of Computing"
- "Interactive Media as Architecture of Control?"
- “Risk Society Revisited”
- “The Death of Utopia”
- “Stuck Fast: A Critical Analysis of the “New Mobilities Paradigm”, Winner of the Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize for the Best Thesis in 2011
- “Grey Area: The Social Forces that Shape New Zealand’s Rest Home Industry”, Winner of the Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize for the Best Thesis in 2009
- "Personal Journaling Online or “Blogging” and its Perceived Effects on Relationships and Self: A Cross-National Study"
- "Visualizing Evil: How the Holocaust is Remembered and Represented"
- "The Sociology of Modern Weaponry on the Western Front, 1914-1918"
- "Cybermen in Cyberspace: Gay Men HIV, Risk, Identity and the Internet"
- "Origins of The 'New Economy'"
- "Fears and Dreams of Utopia: The Technophobe vs the Technofile, Towards a Middle Ground"
- "Thinking About Things: Actor-Network Theory and its Prehistory"
Recent Conferences and Invited Papers:
2017: ‘The Infrastructural Turn: What is it and why is it Happening Now?’ Respect Existence or Expect Resistance, Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand annual conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, 6-10 December.
2017: ‘Infrastructuring: World-Building on an Urban Planet’, Belonging in a Mobile World, The Australian Sociology Association Conference, The University of Western Australia, Perth, 27-30 November.
2017: Panellist: Innovation in European and Australian Mobilities Workshop, Hawke EU Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 28-29 August.
2017:‘Disaster Research: Time for a Mobilities Turn?’, Mobile Cultures of Disaster, Hawke EU Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 22-24 March.
2016: with Shinya Uekusa: ‘Vulnerable and Resilient? Immigrants and Refugees in Disasters’, Conference Proceedings of Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected, 6th International Conference on Building Resilience, University of Auckland, 7-9 September.
2016: ‘Electricity and Urban Vulnerability: A Sociology of Power’, The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, 3rd International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, July 10-14.
2016: ‘Political Economy and Everyday Disaster’, The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, 3rd International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, July 10-14.
2015: 'Beck's Risk Society Thesis: A Critical Appraisal', Children of the Revolutions, Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand annual conference, University of Waikato, 9-11 December.
2015: 'Look no Further than the Exterior: Corruption in Godzone?' Corruption Downunder Workshop, The University of Auckland, 30 November.
2015: 'Mobile Disasters: Comprehending today's Catastrophes', Neoliberalism and Contemporary Challenges for the Asia-Pacific, The Australian Sociological Association Conference, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia, 23-26 November.
2015: 'How to Perform a Social Autopsy: Sociology, Heatwaves and Health-centred Risk Reduction', Dealing with Disasters Conference (DwD 2015), Northumbra University, Newcastle, England, 17-18 September.
2015: 'Mobile Disasters: Comprehending Today's Catastrophe's', Mobilities in a Dangerous World: 6th Mobilities Symposium, University of Waikato, Hamilton, 25-26 June.
2014:‘The Sociological Significance of Personal Medical Devices’, The Social Impact of the Canterbury Earthquakes, Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand) annual conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 4-5 December.
2014: Keynote: 'Theorising Personal Medical Devices: Some Sociological Considerations', Symposium – Theorising Personal Medical Devices: New Perspectives, Wellcome Trust/University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, 18-19 September.
2014: 'Forget the Future: The Time is Now', Unnatural Futures, Arts Environment Research Group, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 3-4 July.
2013: ‘Apocalypse Now: Some Suggestions for the Sociology of Disasters’, Re-imagining Sociology, Re-imagining Society, Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand) annual conference, The University of Auckland, 2-4 December.
2013: Keynote: ‘Everyday Disaster’, Disaster! A Symposium, Postcolonial Studies Research Network, University of Otago, Dunedin, 27-29 November.
2013: ‘Dealing with Disasters: Some Warnings from Science and Technology Studies (STS) ’, Dealing with Disasters (DwD 2013) together with the 4th Conference of the IDRiM Society (2013), Northumbria University, Newcastle, England, 4-6 September.
2012: ‘Blackouts: A Sociology of Power (Failure)’, Sociology in an Age of Austerity, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, 11-13 April.
2011: with H. BYRD: ‘Blackouts: A Sociology of Power (Failure)’, Looking Forward: Trends, Horizons and Utopias, Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand) annual conference, Victoria University of Wellington, 7-9 December.
2011: ‘Slow Violence: Some Notes on a Crisis to Come’, Citizenship in an Era of Global Crisis, Postcolonial Studies Research Network, University of Otago, 28-30 November.
2011: with H. BYRD: ‘What Happens When the Lights Go Out? Adapting to Power Loss: A Study of Power Outages in 26 countries over 10 years’, 7th APRU Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards around the Pacific Rim, University of Auckland, 24-26 November.
2011: ‘Waiting to Happen: The Accident in Social Theory’, Social Relations in Turbulent Times, 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland, 7-10 September.
2011: with H. BYRD: ‘Infrastructural Failure and Disrupted Mobilities: When the Power Goes Out’, Mobilities and Neighbourhoods: 2nd Mobilities Symposium, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 15-16 July.
2011: ‘Settling In: The 'White Natives' of New Zealand’, 60 Years of Sociology, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London School of Economics, London, England, 6-8 April.
Journals: British Journal of Sociology (Wiley-Blackwell: UK), Buildings (MDPI: Switzerland), Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research (Linköping University: Sweden), Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography (Blackwell: Sweden), International Review of the Red Cross (ICRG/Cambridge University Press), Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (Elseveir: UK), Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society (Emerald: UK), Journal of Sociology (SAGE: Australia), Nature + Culture (Berghahn: Germany), New Zealand Sociology (SAANZ: NZ), Philosophy and Technology (Springer: US), Przestrzeń Społeczna/ Social Space (Poland), RIMCIS: International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences (Spain), SITES: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies (ASAANZ/University of Otago), Social Science and Medicine (Elsevier: UK), The Sociological Review (Wiley-Blackwell: UK), Sociology (SAGE: UK), Southeastern Geographer (University of North Carolina Press: USA), Technology in Society: An International Journal (Elsevier: USA), Time & Society (SAGE: UK), Tourist Studies (SAGE: UK), Women’s Studies Journal (Women's Studies Association/Otago University Press, New Zealand).
Books: Anthem Press (UK), Auckland University Press (NZ), Bloomsbury Academic (UK), Cengage Learning (Australia), Palgrave Macmillan (UK), Pearson (NZ), Routledge (USA), SAGE (UK), UNESCO (EOLSS: UK)
Grants: AUT, Marsden Fund
Universities: Sociology Programme, Victoria University of Wellington, Pre-approval Panel, Conflict Resolution BA and MA, AUT
Prizes: The SAANZ Postgraduate Student Essay Prize
President, the Sociological Association of Aoteroa New Zealand
Head of Disciplinary Area, Sociology (2014-2017)
University Discipline Committee (2014-2017)
Previous includes: Associate Dean (Students), University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC), Member at Large, Executive of the Association of University Staff (Auckland)
Co-editor in Chief, Journal of Sociology: 2017-2020
Editorial Board, Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Chnage: 2018-
Editorial Board/Book Reviews Editor, New Zealand Sociology: 2017-
Subject Editor/Language Editor, Przestrzeń Społeczna/Social Space (Poland): 2012-
Associate Editorial Board Member of Sociology (United Kingdom), the journal of the British Sociological Association (2010-2013)
Editor of special editions of the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society and New Zealand Sociology
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Matthewman, S. (2017). Mobile disasters: Cata strophes in the age of manufactured uncertainty. Transfers, 7 (3), 6-22. 10.3167/TRANS.2017.070303
- Matthewman, S. (2017). 'Look no further than the exterior': Corruption in New Zealand. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6 (4), 71-85. 10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i4.439
- Matthewman, S. D. (2017). Bruno Latour. In R. Stones (Ed.) Key Sociological Thinkers (pp. 364-374). London: Palgrave.
- Matthewman, S. (2017). Pākehā Ethnicity: The Politics of White Privilege. In S. Bell, V. Elizabeth, T. McIntosh, M. Wynyard (Eds.) A Land of Milk and Honey? Making Sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 83-94). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press. Related URL.
- Matthewman, S. (2017). Theorising personal medical devices. In R. Lynch, C. Farrington (Eds.) Quantified lives and vital data: Exploring health and technology through personal medical devices (pp. 17-43). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Uekusa, S., & Matthewman, S. (2017). Vulnerable and resilient? Immigrants and refugees in the 2010–2011 Canterbury and Tohoku disasters. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 22, 355-361. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.02.006
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shinya Uekusa
- Matthewman, S. (2016). Мишель Фуко, Технология и Акторно-сетевая теория. TOPOS Related URL.
- West, B., & Matthewman, S. (2016). Towards a strong program in the sociology of war, the military and civil society. Journal of Sociology, 52 (3), 482-499. 10.1177/1440783316654998