Bronwyn Wood

Senior Lecturer School of Education


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

Youth citizenship, citizenship education, social sciences education,social studies curriculum, inquiry learning, youth politics.

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PhD PGDipEdD Well, DipTchg MA(Hons) BA Auck


Bronwyn has a background in social science education (geography and social studies) and textbook, curriculum and resource development in this area. She researches in the fields of education policy, citizenship education, youth sociology, youth politics and geographies.

Current research

2014- now. International comparison of Norway and New Zealand policy–makers’ responses to Global testing and Evaluation Studies: With Assoc Prof Janicke Heldal Stray, Norway School of Theology.

2012 – now: Eco-literacy strategies and dispositions  at VUW Associate Investigator: (Lead researcher Sue Cornforth) (URF funded research $17, 000).

2012 – 2013: The Ground beneath our feet: Community inquiry in a Masterton community. Participatory Community Research (lead researcher). Supported by University Research Fund Grant: $7,190.28 (No. 202107):

2010- now: VUW Citizenship Education Research Cluster (with Dr Andrea Milligan, Dr Mark Sheehan, and Mike Taylor).

Recently completed research

2014-2016 Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (Min of Education): Principal Investigator: Creating active citizens: Interpreting, assessing and understanding the NCEA personal social action standards; with Dr Michael Johnston (VUW), Dr Rowena Taylor and Rose Atkins (Massey University) and 5 teachers. ($200 000.)

2015-2016: Whanganui Restorative City Project: A Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Framework. Associate-Investigator with Professor Chris Marshall (School of Government) and Professor Brad Jackson. ($30 000 from VUW School of Business, School of Education and Diana Unwin Chair)

Research interests

Bronwyn’s research interests lie at the intersection of sociology, geography and education and centre on issues relating to young people, belonging, identity and citizenship. Her research is informed by critical theory and liberating and place-based pedagogies. She is interested in supervising postgraduate and PhD research in the areas of youth citizenship/ participation, citizenship education, geographies of education, and social sciences curriculum.