Dr Manuel Vallee

PhD Sociology Department, UC Berkeley

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

  • Social Production of Ignorance
  • Social Construction of Medical Knowledge
  • Amplification and Attenuation of Risk Perception
  • Sociology of Pesticides
  • Greening the university
  • Medicalization
  • Pharmaceuticalization
  • Sociology of diagnosis (ADHD)


Teaching | Current

SOCIOL 229 Environmental Sociology

SOCIOL 333 Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine

SOCIOL 745 Sociology of Science & Technology

GLOBAL 101 Global Issues, Sustainable Futures

SUSTAIN 100 Sustainability and Us

SUSTAIN 200 The Sustainable Community


Postgraduate supervision

I am currently accepting to supervise postgraduate students on topics pertaining to the social production of science, the social production of ignorance, environmental movements, as well as other medical and environmental sociology topics.  

Doctoral Theses
(in progress) Anthonia Uzoigwe. “Structural Sources of Food Insecurity Among University Students.”

(in progress) Martha Peediyakkan. “Accounting for Resistance to Land Grabs.”

2017. Angela Brower. “Sowing the seeds of the commons? Alternative food movements and the making of the (im)possible.”

2016. Rhona Winnington, “Deviance as otherness in end of life care: social and medical consequences of non-compliance to medical ideals of best practice in palliation.”

2015. Peter Beaver. “The Effects of Organisation and Governance on Patient Safety in NZ Public Hospitals.”

MA Theses
(in progress) Jodie Bruning. “Determinants of Environmental Health Research: The case of hormone disrupting chemicals in Aotearoa”

(in progress) Charlotte Skinner. “Concealing their Guilt: How corporations obscure their environmental crimes”

(in progress) Timothy West. “Fostering Change: A Study of Successful Environmental Movements in Developing Countries.” M.A. Dissertation

2019. Khyati Prajabati. “Financialised Nature and the End of the World.” MA candidate, Sociology Department, University of Auckland (Sole Supervisor)

2018. Alika Wells.“Sacrificing Bees on the Altar of Profit: A Criminological Critique of Neonicotinoid Use in New Zealand.” (MA thesis)

2013. Zoë Bunting, “Subsidising Agricultural Expansion at the Expense of Public Health: The case of 2,4,5-T and the role of Government in the Regulation of Toxicants”, (MA thesis)

Honours and Directed Studies
2015. Deepti Joshi Vijapurapu. "Day Traders: A Sociological Analysis of Compulsive Gambling in the Financial Market." (Honors directed study thesis)

2012. John Francis, “All Ritalin and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy: Examining the De-emphasis of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Treatment of ADHD in New Zealand”, (Hons directed study)


2018. World University Network Research Development Grant for the "Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing: Promotion, Advocacy, Resilience" project. (with Rob Cover, Steve Reid, Esther Gyan, and Jesse Grayman)

2017. Distinguished Visitor Award, U. of Auckland (For oganizing a 2-week visit by Professor Michael Carolan)

2017. SEED Innovative Teaching Grant for developing a cross-disciplinary (psychology, sociology and chemistry) teaching initiative about fast fashion, University of Auckland (with Niki Harre, Penny Brothers, Andrea Mead, and Joe Fagen. )

2016. Faculty of Arts "Early Career Teaching Excellence Award", University of Auckland

2012. Distinguished Visitor Award, University of Auckland (For organizing a 2-week visit by Professor Phil Brown.


Sociology & Criminology MA Advisor

Sociology Undergraduate Adviser

Organizer of the ‘Students and the Greening of Society’ Symposium. University of Auckland, March 2015.


Areas of expertise

Sociology of Science; Social Production of Ignorance; Medicalization; Pharmaceuticalization; Sociology of Pesticides; Greening the university; ADHD; Sociology of Diagnosis

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Caniglia, Beth, Manuel Vallée, and Beatrice Frank. 2017. Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City. Routledge Press.

[In Press] Vallée, Manuel. “The Environment's Absence in Medicine.” The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology, eds. M. Bell, M. Carolan, K. Legun, and J. Keller. Cambridge University Press.

[In Press] Harré, Niki, Andrea Mead, Penelope Brothers, Manuel Vallée, Joe Fagan. “An interdisciplinary teaching module on the global clothing industry: Lessons from working across four disciplines and two universities.” In Integrating Sustainable Development into Curriculum, eds. Patrick Blessinger and Enaskshi Sengupta. Dallas, TX: Emerald Press.

Vallée, Manuel. 2019. “The Countervailing Forces Behind France’s Low Ritalin Consumption.” Social Science & Medicine 238

Vallée, Manuel. 2019. "Using fiction to enhance learning in environmental sociology courses." Environmental Sociology (published online Nov. 2019)

Vallée, Manuel. 2018. “Bolstering Pharmaceutical Regimes: The State and New Zealand’s Growing Psychostimulant Consumption.” In Global Perspectives on ADHD, eds. M. Bergey, A. Filipe, P. Conrad, and I. Singh (eds.). Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.

Vallee, Manuel. 2017. ‘Nurturing an Acquiescence to Toxicity: The State's Naturework in Fostering Urban Aerial Pesticide Spraying Campaigns’. In Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City, eds. B. Caniglia, M. Vallée, and B. Frank. Routledge Press.

Padawangi, Rita and Manuel Vallée. 2017. 'Water Connections: Output-Based Aid for the Urban Poor and the Pursuit of Water Justice in Jakarta, Indonesia.' In Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City, eds. B. Caniglia, M. Vallée, and B. Frank. Routledge Press

Vallée, Manuel. 2016. ‘Obstacles to Curriculum Greening: The Case of Green Chemistry’. In The Contribution of Social Sciences to Sustainable Development at Universities, eds. W. Leal Filho and M. Zint. Springer Press.

Vallee, Manuel. 2015. ‘Unlocking Sociology’s Potential Through Pre-Reading Questions.’ TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. (http://trails.asanet.org) (This article speaks to the

Vallee, Manuel. 2014. ‘Enhancing Student Engagment and Achievement Through Quizzes.’ Teaching/Learning Matters: American Sociological Association’s Newsletter for the Section on Teaching & Learning in Sociology.

Vallée, Manuel. 2013. ‘Perpetuating a Reductionist Medical Worldview: The Absence of Environmental Medicine in the American ADHD Clinical Practice Guidelines.’ In Ecological Health, ed. M. Gislason, vol. 15 of Advances in Medical Sociology, series editor Barbara Katz Rothman. Dallas, TX: Emerald Press.

Vallée, Manuel. 2011. 'Resisting American Psychiatry: French Opposition to DSM-III, Biological Reductionism, and the Pharmaceutical Ethos.' In The Sociology of Diagnosis, ed. P.J. McGann and David Hutson, vol. 12 of Advances in Medical Sociology, series editor Barbara Katz Rothman. Dallas, TX: Emerald Press.

Vallée, Manuel. 2010. 'Bio-Medicalizing Mental Illness: The Case of Attention Deficit Disorder.' In Understanding Emerging Epidemics: Social and Political Approaches, ed. Ananya Mukherjea, vol. 11 of Advances in Medical Sociology, series editor Barbara Katz Rothman. Dallas, TX: Emerald Press.

Vallée, Manuel (with Merril Eisenberg, Chris Ringwalt, David Driscoll, and Gregory Gullette). 2004. “Learning from Truth™: Youth Participation in Field Marketing Techniques to Counter Tobacco Advertising.” Journal of Health Communication, 9(3): 223-231.

Vallée, Manuel. 1999. “The Rise of the ACT-UP Patient Movement, and its Implications for Patient Movement Theories.” Journal of the Julian Steward Anthropological Society, 27(1-2): 127-176.

Technical Reports and Refereed Conference Proceedings
Vallée, Manuel. 2005. “Bypassing the Gatekeepers: The Emergence of Consumer Advertising for Prescription Drugs.” Conference Proceedings - GEIRSO Conference on Pharmaceuticals & Society.

Eisenberg, Merrill, David Driscoll, Chris Ringwalt, and Manuel Vallée. 2001. “An Ethnographic Evaluation of the Truth(tm) Tour.” Unpublished report to the American Legacy Foundation.

Bragg, D., Dare, D., Reger, W., Ovaice, G., Zamani, E., Layton, J., Dornsife, C., Vallee, M., Brown, C., & Orr, M. 1999. “Tech prep implementation and preliminary student outcomes for eight local tech prep consortia.” Berkeley: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, University of California at Berkeley, (MDS-1314).

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.
  • Harre, N., Azizi, A., Brothers, P., Coomber, T., King, E., Mead, A. M., ... Yeo, S. Z. L. (2020). An interdisciplinary teaching module on the global clothing industry: Lessons from working across four disciplines and two universities. In E. Sengupta, P. Blessinger, T. S. Yamin (Eds.) Integrating Sustainable Development into Curriculum (pp. 107-124). Dallas, Texas: Emerald Press. 10.1108/S2055-364120200000018025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Niki Harre, Ties Coomber
  • Vallee, M. (2019). Using fiction to enhance learning in environmental sociology courses. ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY, 6 (2), 219-229. 10.1080/23251042.2019.1690727
  • Vallée M (2019). The countervailing forces behind France's low Ritalin consumption. Social science & medicine (1982), 23810.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112492
  • Vallee, M. (2018). Pharmaceuticalization through Government Funding Activities ADHD in New Zealand. In M. R. Bergey, A. M. Filipe, P. Conrad, I. Singh (Eds.) (pp. 288-309). JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PRESS.
  • Vallee, M. (2017). Expanding ADHD definitions and medicine's control over childhood. Paper presented at 112th ASA (American Sociological Association) Annual Meeting, Montréal, Canada. 12 August - 15 August 2017.
  • Vallée M (2017). Repositioning universities for environmental sustainability and environmental justice. Paper presented at Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium, Colorado. 24 April - 25 April 2017.
  • Frank, B., Caniglia, B. S., & Vallée M (2017). Conclusion. In B. S. Caniglia, Vallée M, B. Frank (Eds.) Resilience, environmental justice and the city (pp. 234-242). New York: Routledge Press.
  • Padawangi, R., & Vallee, M. (2017). Water connections: Output-based aid for the urban poor and the pursuit of water justice in Jakarta, Indonesia. In B. S. Caniglia, M. Vallee, B. Frank (Eds.) Resilience, environmental justice and the city (pp. 118-137). New York: Routledge Press.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 918
New Zealand