Dr Louise Humpage

2003 PhD, Sociology, Massey University, New Zealand

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Honorary Academic


Louise Humpage no longer works at the University of Auckland, so is not available to take on new supervisions or be involved in new research projects at the university.  Until July 2021, she was an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Auckland. After receiving a doctorate in Sociology from Massey University in 2003, she held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University, Melbourne for 2.5 years. She joined the Sociology Department in mid-2005.


Research | Current

  • Public attitudes to social citizenship
  • Social policy
  • Indigenous affairs policy
  • Refugee policy and settlement
  • Citizenship and national identity

For reviews of my book Policy Change, Public Attitudes and Social Citizenship: Does Neoliberalism Matter? The Policy Press, 2015 see:

Projects (current and recent)

2020 'INCOME SUPPORT IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19' (conducted with Auckland Action Against Poverty, Child Poverty Action Group and FIRST Union). See https://www.cpag.org.nz/assets/Covid%2019%20survey%20report%2012%20October%20final.pdf

2018-2021 'Conditional Welfare: A Comparative Case Study of Income Management Policies' (Australian Research Council Discovery Award with Professor Greg Marston, Associate Professor Philip Mendes and Dr Shelley Bielefeld). See https://www.incomemanagementstudy.com/publications

For early findings on the New Zealand research see Youth Service and Money Management in New Zealand: Preliminary Research Findings

2016-2018 'New Zealand expatriates who return: Does citizenship engagement overseas make a difference to their integration and benefit New Zealand society?' (Faculty of Arts Research Development Fund grant).

New Zealand expatriates who return: Does citizenship engagement overseas make a difference to their reintegration and benefit New Zealand society? Summary findings

Tops tips for New Zealanders living overseas and thinking of returning to live in NZ

2015- 'Getting involved:  Civil society, national identity and belonging amongst expatriate New Zealanders in London

2015- 'A picture is worth a thousand words: Exploring refugee settlement and belonging through photographs' - Co-Investigator with Dr Jay Marlowe, Faculty of Arts/Education Research Development grants.

2012-2013 ‘Comparative analysis of international refugee resettlement international law obligations and policy’, World Universities Network grant - Associate-Investigator (project led by Chris Mahoney).

2010 "Constituting new political subjectivities: Young people, the citizenship dividend and the 'Super City'", Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences seeding Grant – Associate Investigator (project led by Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem).

2009-2011 "Do policies matter? A New Zealand case study of the impact policy change has on public attitudes towards social citizenship, 1990-2008", Faculty of Arts Research Development Fund Grant.

2009-2010 "The interplay between social citizenship rights and Indigenous rights in Canada and New Zealand: Tensions, disconnects, overlaps, opportunities?", Canadian High Commission Canadian Studies Faculty Research Program Award.

2008-2010 "A modelling tool to improve the policy response on issues concerning children and young people", Foundation for Research, Science and Technology Grant – Co-investigator (project led by Prof. Peter Davis).

2007-2009 "Conditional and contingent? New Zealand social citizenship in the context of neoliberalism", Royal Society Marsden Fund Fast-start Grant.

Focus group summary report: "Understanding New Zealand Social Citizenship"

Final report: "New Zealand Attitudes to Social Citizenship in the Context of Neoliberalism"

Final report executive summary: "New Zealand Attitudes to Social Citizenship in the Context of Neoliberalism"

Teaching | Current

SOCIOL 103 New Zealand Social Policy and Social Justice

SOCIOL 317 Changing Welfare State Policies

Postgraduate supervision

Specialist areas

  • Social policy, welfare reform, indigenous affairs policy, refugee/immigration policy and settlement, public attitudes towards social citizenship.


Students supervised

  • 2018  Aditya Tejas "Policy Transfer of International Transfer of Border Protection and Immigration Policy Ideas between United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union" (45 point MA dissertation
  • 2018   Ben Samy "Child Poverty Measures" (45 point MA dissertation)
  • 2017 (ongoing) Brittany Whiley "Abortion law in Aotearoa/New Zealand: the policy narrative in theory and practice" (MA thesis)
  • 2017 (ongoing) Sam Vella "The situation of housing affordability and the National Party’s response 2008-2017" (MA thesis)
  • 2017-2018  Clark Tipene "Non-Electoral forms of participation amongst New Zealand youth’ (MA thesis)
  • 2017 (ongoing) Kathy Chambers "New Zealand fathers’ navigation of the Father -Worker nexus" (PhD thesis).
  • 2016-2017  Xiudi Zhang "Flying kites: How Chinese international students in New Zealand reflect on Chinese citizenship in a Third Space" (PhD thesis)
  • 2016-2018   Biyang Sun "How do people living in the Republic of China construct their own national identity/s? " (PhD thesis)
  • 2016 (ongoing) Charlotte Moore "Blurred boundaries: Social services and the mixed economy of welfare in Aotearoa New Zealand" (PhD thesis)
  • 2016 (ongoing) Jordan King " Making New Markets: The Role of the Regulatory Entrepreneur" (PhD thesis)
  • 2014-2015 Nicola Wright "Media representations and the 2013 welfare reforms: Substantiating gender equality?" (MA thesis)
  • 2014-2015  Simone Baillie "New Zealand's welfare reforms: National's response to 'welfare dependency'" (MA thesis)
  • 2012-2016 Mary. G. Joseph Mary G. Joseph "Indians in Aotearoa, New Zealand: A study of migrant social networks and intergration through an assemblage lens" (PhD thesis)
  • 2013-2014 Charlotte Moore "A whakapapa of Whanau Ora: A new form of delivering services to Maori?" (MA thesis)
  • 2013 Bingyu Wang "Transnationalism, transmigration and socio-cultural translatability: Is moral cosmopolitan identity a potential living paradigm for Chinese diasporas?" (PhD thesis)
  • 2012-2013 Annelise Bunce "Providing for children: Policy approaches to child poverty in New Zealand" (MA thesis)
  • 2010-2015 Jessica Terruhn “Challenging the standard story? Perceptions of whiteness among New Zealanders” (PhD thesis)
  • 2010-2014 Jingjing Zhang “The changes of family patterns and the quality of life among older Chinese people” (PhD thesis)
  • 2010-2014 Julia Schuster “Intersected identities of NGO activists in New Zealand/Aotearoa” (PhD thesis)
  • 2010 Sharissa Naidoo “Debt as the price of freedom? Student experiences and understandings of the Student Loan Scheme” (MA thesis)
  • 2007-2010 Greg Winkelmann "Rough Sleeping Pathways in New Zealand" (PhD thesis)
  • 2009 Anthony Naganathan "The Knowledge Economy: A Development and Chronology of Meaning" (MA thesis)
  • 2009 Stephen Farnsworth “'Changing the principles of social security? Welfare reform in the 2000s” (MA research portfolio dissertation)
  • 2008 Louise Crehan “Completing the picture: the true state of civic engagement in New Zealand” (Hons dissertation)
  • 2008 Hayley Reffell  “Citizenship and language capital” (Hons directed study)
  • 2007 Leesa Rowlands “Doctor knows best: A sociological account of the personal and professional lives of the General Practitioner” (MA thesis
  • 2005 Alperhan Babacan “Citizenship Rights in a Global World: A Comparative Analysis of Asylum Seeker Laws and Policies in Australia, Canada and New Zealand” (PhD thesis)
  • 2004 Peter Sprekos Social capital and People with an Intellectual Disability” (Hons thesis)


MA adviser (Sociology/Criminology)

Managing editor of the New Zealand Sociology journal

Areas of expertise

Social policy; welfare reform; indigenous affairs policy; refugee policy and settlement; public attitudes to social citizenship.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Discipline Convener of Gender Studies

Member of the Students from Refugee Backgrounds Advisory Committee (University of Auckland)

Co-editor of the New Zealand Sociology journal


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Humpage, L. (2017). Does having an indigenous political party in government make a difference to social policy? The Māori Party in New Zealand. Journal of Social Policy, 46 (3), 475-494. 10.1017/S0047279417000022
  • Pierson, C., & Humpage, L. (2016). Coming together or drifting apart? Income maintenance in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Politics and Policy, 44 (2), 261-293. 10.1111/polp.12150
  • Edmiston, D., & Humpage, L. (2016). Resistance or resignation to welfare reform? The activist politics for and against social citizenship. Policy & Politics10.1332/030557316X14802575969590
  • Humpage, L. (2016). Income management in New Zealand and Australia: Differently framed but similarly problematic for Indigenous peoples. Critical Social Policy, 36 (4), 551-571. 10.1177/0261018316638459
  • Humpage, L. V. (2015). Policy change, public attitudes and social citizenship: Does neoliberalism matter?. Bristol: The Policy Press. Pages: 288.
  • Humpage, L. V. (2012). Understanding Māori and Pasifika attitudes towards employment and the unemployed. New Zealand Sociology, 27 (2), 29-53. Related URL.
  • Humpage, L. V. (2011). What do New Zealanders think about welfare?. Policy Quarterly, 7 (2), 8-13.
  • Humpage, L. V. (2011). Changing policy, changing attitudes? Public opinion on employment relations in New Zealand, 1990-2008. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 6 (1-2), 86-99. 10.1080/1177083X.2011.617760
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15395

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Primary office location

49 SYMONDS STREET - Bldg 620
Level B2, Room B203
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