Dr Robert Webb

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Senior Lecturer


Robert is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Auckland. His research and teaching interests include criminal justice policies and Māori, youth justice, Indigenous criminology, and Māori and organ donation. 

Research | Current

  • Maori and criminal justice policy
  • Indigenous criminology
  • Bio-identity, organ donation and transplantation
  • Youth justice

Teaching | Current

CRIM 702 Advanced Issues in Penology

CRIM 100 Big Ideas in Criminology

Postgraduate supervision

I am available for supervisions in the area of criminal justice policy and Indigenous criminology for MA and PhD topics.  Examples of previous and current supervisions include research on cultural programmes in NZ prisons, mass incarceration and Maori, Samoan perspectives on youth offending and crime, and comparative community justice models between Maori and Romani.


Co-Principal Investigator of a Marsden Funded Research Project on Maori and Samoan experiences of Youth Justice in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.A.


Faculty of Arts, Māori Ethics Adviser

Undergraduate Adviser, Criminology 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Associate Editor Decolonization of Criminology and Justice

Critical Theory Network



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.
  • Suaalii, T., Tauri, J., & Webb, R. (2018). Exploring Māori and Samoan Youth Justice: Aims of an International Research Study. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2 (5), 29-40. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45951
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tamasailau Suaalii
  • Webb, R. (2018). Rethinking the utility of the risk factors and criminogenic needs approaches in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal for Global Indigeneity, 3 (1), 1-21. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44791
  • Webb, R. (2017). Towards an indigenous criminology. Global Dialogue, 7 (3), 30-31.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44290
  • Webb, R. (2017). Māori experiences of colonisation and Māori criminology. In A. Deckert, R. Sarre (Eds.) The Palgrave handbook of Australian and New Zealand criminology, crime and justice (pp. 683-696). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Shaw, R. M., & Webb, R. (2015). Multiple meanings of "gift" and its value for organ donation. Qualitative Health Research, 25 (5), 600-611. 10.1177/1049732314553853
  • Furze, B., Savy, P., Webb, R. D., James, S., Petray, T., Brym, R., & Lie, J. (2015). Sociology in Today's World (3rd). London: Cengage Learning. Pages: 608. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26808
  • Tauri, J. M., & Webb, R. (2012). A Critical Appraisal of Responses to Māori Offending. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 3 (4).10.18584/iipj.2012.3.4.5
  • Shaw, R., Bell, L., & Webb, R. (2012). New Zealanders’ perceptions of gift and giving back as participants of organ transfer procedures. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 7 (1), 26-36. 10.1080/1177083X.2012.670651


Contact details

Primary office location

58 SYMONDS ST - Bldg 435
Level 6, Room 604
New Zealand

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